posted on Jan, 21 2006 @ 07:17 AM
I have seen CO mechanics crack the cowling with the engines running on 37’s before, so it might be something that is allowed under Co company policy
in certain situations. Usually it seems like this was something they would do as a last minute fix before pushback, in order to get the plane out on
time. I don’t recall specifically what they would do it for, though I think it had to do with the accessory package, but it used to make me nervous
watching them crawl around the sides with it running. The ingestion area on a 37 at idling speed is 13 foot in front of the engine and 2 feet behind
the leading edge.
Zaph I am sorry to say that you’re a bit wrong about going near the engine, On a 37 you have to be right next to it to access the forward cargo
hold. As a matter of fact if you belt load it, there is only about a foot and a half from the loader to the leading edge. To jet start one you have to
crawl under the belly of the plane between the running engines to the jet start port to disconnect the hose and close the flap, it’s very dangerous.
I would not even trust my ramp agents to do this and always did it myself. The jetstart unit would sometime be partly inside the hazard circle just to
get it close enough for the hose to even reach the port, it would have to be left hooked to a tug to give it added weight so it would not get sucked
As to the blades, it might just depend on the situation. I have seen birds knock out blades on these engines before, and there are pictures of exactly
that out on the web if you care to search for them. Of course they hit the birds going at a much higher rate of speed.