Aircraft Engineering Support

According to the story, after every Qantas Airlines flight, the pilots complete a ‘gripe sheet’ report, which conveys to the ground crew engineers any mechanical problems on the aircraft during the flight. The engineer reads the form, corrects the problem, then writes details of action taken on the lower section of the form for the pilot to review before the next flight. It is clear from the examples below that ground crew engineers have a keen sense of humour – these are supposedly real extracts from gripe forms completed by pilots with the solution responses by the engineers.

(1 = The problem logged by the pilot.) (2 = The solution and action taken by the mechanics.)


  1. Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
  2. Almost replaced left inside main tire.


  1. Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
  2. Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.


  1. Something loose in cockpit.
  2. Something tightened in cockpit.


  1. Dead bugs on windshield.
  2. Live bugs on back-order.


  1. Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
  2. Cannot reproduce problem on ground.


  1. Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
  2. Evidence removed.


  1. DME volume unbelievably loud.
  2. DME volume set to more believable level.


  1. Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
  2. That’s what they’re there for.


  1. IFF inoperative.
  2. IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

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