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SPOTLIGHT

Sometimes the words we leave unspoken are the
most important ones that should have been said.
By Jim Sparks

nowledge is a fact of life in the world of an aviation
maintenance technician. We are required by federal
law to be well-versed in the essentials of our profession and, in fact, are tested to prove our qualifications.
We are, in reality, the keepers of "Airworthy" and those
granted this return to service privilege should take it
very seriously. What we do or don't do affects lives.
Much of what aviation maintenance technicians (AMT)
accomplish is a direct result of "tribal knowledge."
I still remember vividly asking my supervisor why
he always threw a cup of water over the aircraft windshield prior to accomplishing any maintenance. It
looked to me to be some type of ritual. He then
explained to me that the stretched acrylic material
used in the window did not have significant abilities
to discharge electro-static build up and as the water
ran off it would dissipate any accumulated charge.
This made perfect sense but to this day there is no
mention of this technique in the Maintenance Manual.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been
preaching the "Dirty Dozen" for many years, yet
many issues encountered with maintenance errors
- 80 percent - could easily have been mitigated by
more attention to human factors. Included in this list:
Lack of communications, complacency, lack of knowledge, distraction, lack of team work, fatigue, lack of
resources, pressure, lack of assertiveness, stress, lack
of awareness and the "Norms."

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The Norms, in some cases, are mistaken for tribal
knowledge. Norms imply that "this is the way we
have always done it." Unfortunately, this is periodically true. Most recognize that if an aircraft manufacturer creates a procedure for accomplishing an
inspection, it should be followed verbatim without
shortcut or deviation. This does not imply that aircraft documentation is infallible. It does mean aircraft
inspections are considered mandatory and done in
accordance with prescribed and approved procedures.
Maintenance is a necessary part of aircraft operations
and is accomplished by referencing acceptable documentation. When signing off on any maintenance,
terms such as "complied with" infers specifically following a documented procedure when performing
a task; while using the word "referenced" implies
the use of acceptable methods and not necessarily
specific procedures were utilized to accomplish the
task. In all cases, the aircraft must conform to the
Type Certificate and be in a condition safe for flight.
Wisdom derived from tribal knowledge should be
considered valuable information or better yet guidance - not always acceptable or approved but often
worthwhile. Aging aircraft promote numerous challenges where model production may have ended and
manufacturer support is waning. In situations such
as this, a wise, experienced technician can be a valuable resource. In addition, new model aircraft provide

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Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
Commercial/MRO: Never Scrap Your (Composite) Component Again
Cover Story: NextGEN Awards
Product Update
ARSA Insight: The "Good Example" Movement
ATEC Insight: Rise Above the Noise
Advertisers' Index
Editor's Sign-off: I am a Next Gen
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
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