ACC Maintainers Expedite A-10 Inspection Actions

  • (Source: U.S Air Force)
  • 12:00 AM, October 7, 2008
  • 2301
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. --- Air Combat Command maintenance Airmen will begin an immediate inspection of all A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft with thin-skinned wings for cracking following a Time Compliance Technical Order issued to ACC A-10 units on Oct. 3.>> ACC officials are working closely with those in Air Force Materiel Command and other combat Air Force major commands to address all of the thin-skin winged A-10s with a priority focus being the A-10s currently in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.>> There are later models of the A-10 that have thicker-skinned wings.>> "The TCTO was released very early this morning and ACC maintainers have been actively complying with the requirements of that TCTO," said Lt. Col. David Trucksa, ACC A3 chief of flight management, "and the jets that were affected were pulled off the schedule and they are not flying as the maintainers are setting up their inspections and pressing forward.">> Air Force flying and combat operations are inherently dangerous, ACC officials said. Aircrew and maintenance personnel mitigate risk by continuously applying Operational Risk Management principles.>> "ACC maintainers will never provide an airplane to a pilot that is known to be unsafe," said Colonel Trucksa. "It will meet all safety standards.">> Because of intense cross-checking of maintenance operations, Colonel Trucksa said he has full confidence in the inspection process.>> Air Combat Command has 56 A-10 aircraft affected by this AFMC-issued TCTO. This risk is of great concern to ACC officials and is representative of a systemic problem of an aging Air Force fleet, they say.
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