9 Airport as an Airplane Sees It; Part Two

Airport as an Airplane Sees It; Part Two

Posted on March 10, 2010 by team


And now it is the time for the second part to come. Today you will learn about what is happening with a plane at the airport, how the scheduled maintenance is carried out, how all the planes are circumfused with de-icing fluid and also how these birds are seered off.

If the scheduled plane maintenance is needed, an airplane is being towed to a specialized building where it is being repaired. The building is split up onto several huge floors and inner rooms, one of which is called “wheel room.” Here airplane wheels are fixed. The author was warned about not saying “tire fitting” in this room, otherwise he would be punched by steamed-up workers. You are supposed to say “wheel room” and so only.


In contrast to a car wheel plate, airplane wheel plate is multicomponent.


It is secured together by numerous screw-bolts. Not to unbolt them by hand, there is a special machine which bolts and unbolts all of them at once. Moreover, there are different operating modes for different types of wheels. A maintenance worker can adjust them directly at the machine.


There are various nozzles for different types of wheels.


This is a sandblast machine. At great speed sand blows out of hose and strips the old paint off the plate clean.


In the main floor maintenance works and planes fixing up are carried out.




Management of the hangar allowed the author to go up high. And it is rather hair-raising to be and walk around up there.



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9 Responses to “Airport as an Airplane Sees It; Part Two”

  1. perristalsis says:

    More quotes from the movie “Airplane”:

    Captain Oveur: Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

    Captain Oveur: You ever been in a cockpit before?
    Joey: No sir, I’ve never been up in a plane before.
    Captain Oveur: You ever seen a grown man naked?

    Captain Oveur: Joey, have you ever been in a… in a Turkish prison?

  2. Makc says:

    Bladz !!! TRi…!!!

  3. madachode says:

    You see the third world airport system needs a “Follow Me” car to ensure that the planes do not run into each other due to the fact that 3rd world ground controllers cannot handle more than one task at at time therefore making ground control from a tower impossible to accomplish. They must have imported the guy changing the tire from a trusted industrial country, there is no way a 3rd world drunk that speaks in jibberish backward letters or pig latin can be trusted with a tire changing machine.

  4. GinoPanino says:

    Nice pictures, thanks!

  5. Niels says:

    Regarding ice, are the torch ice-proof?
    This is not so obvious…

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