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Tools and Ground Support Equipment - Vol. 9
1-1. Purpose. This volume provides general information pertaining to tools and ground equipment used in aircraft maintenance. The application of materials and techniques used on specific aircraft is not covered in this volume. Specific aircraft application, usage, and substitution are found in the individual aircraft maintenance manuals. This volume is of maximum benefit to the mechanic who desires information about the various types of tools and ground support equipment used in aircraft maintenance. This volume furnishes the mechanic a source of information about how to perform various mechanical functions which are used on all aircraft. This volume is not a requisitioning authority, and applicable repair parts and special tools list should be consulted to obtain the unit of issue and National Stock Number of the items required for maintenance.
2-1. GENERAL. This chapter discusses general care. and upkeep of the tools and equipment used in aircraft maintenance. It is important that the aircraft mechanic is familiar with these guidelines, so that the aircraft unit can experience continued mission reliability. 2-2. TYPES OF TOOLS USED IN ARMY AVIA- TION. The Army aircraft mechanic has a large variety of tools at his disposal. There are basic hand tools, measuring tools, power tools, special tools for aircraft, and torque tools. 2-3. TOOL CARE. The efficiency of a mechanic and the tools he/she uses is determined to a great extent by the condition in which the tools are kept. Tools should be wiped clean and dry before being placed in a tool box. If their use is not anticipated in the near future, they should be lubricated to prevent rust. This is especially true if tools are stored under conditions of extremely humid or salt air. a. Cleaning. Proper cleaning is of prime impor- tance in the care of the aircraft maintenance tools. Listed below are a few simple procedures which are the basis for proper care of aircraft maintenance tools.