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Skid Shoe Inspection

One of the forgotten inspections is skid shoe’s. Many aircraft are landed on carts or ground handled in and out of hangers without inspecting the skid shoes. If the aircraft is operated off a cart / platform, on occasion the mechanic should arrange with the pilot to hold a five to six foot hover to allow the skid shoes to be inspected. If moved regularly on the wheels before lowering the wheels, tip the aircraft forward and look at the rear of the skid, then tip the tail down and inspect the forward part. The rear are the most usually worn. If allowed to wear into the tube, the tube and shoes and tube both may need to be replaced. When the structure and support the aircraft sits on the aircraft are at risk.

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