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Pack for your maintenance needs.

Mechanics, before you pack up and head to the sand box on a long deployment, make sure you have everything you need for aircraft maintenance.

Even the smallest item like a missing screw can cause a hiccup in your PMCS or maintenance if you don't have necessary items on hand. Make a plan to check your TMs for required items.

Find out what you're missing and what's needed in common stock before deploying. If you're missing anything, now is the time to requisition bulk and common materials and Class II and III expendables. Stock up on all the consumables you need.

Whatever mission design series your company's aircraft is assigned, take with you only what you need for that specific mission. Always include extra hardware and tools--they'll come in handy.

Take whatever bulk materials and Class II and III expendables you need to ensure your aircraft stays mission ready.

Black Hawk mechanics, check Appendix D, Expendable and Durable Items List found in TM 1-1520-237-23-9.

AH-64 mechanics, review Maintenance Information Message (MIM) AH-64-03-003, 8 Jan 03. This will provide a good "lessons learned" starting point on how to prepare for extended deployments. Use the experience of those who've gone before to prepare for current and future deployments.

Chinook mechanics, check I Chapter 1-18, Expendable Materials list found in TM 55-1520-240-23-1.

Kiowa Warrior mechanics, eyeball Appendix D, Expendable and Durable Items list found in your IETM EM 0246.

EXTRA ROTOR BLADE?

CHECK!

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SPARE TIRES?

CHECK

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3/4 SCREWS?

SCREWS?

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THE POINT IS: YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA NEED!

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IF THERE'S SOME TOOL OR ITEM YOU THINK YOU DON'T NEED, IT'S A SURE BET YOU WILL NEED IT.

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Date:Jun 1, 2005
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