Swift Annual Checklist

 

This Check List is to be used only as a guide. Maintenance Manuals, FAA Publications, and other related higher authority documents must be used in conjunction with this Check List. Also, if you do not already have a set, it is recommended that you contact Swift Parts Department to purchase a set of parts lists, ADís, maintenance, and servicing booklets.

The Swift Association and Swift Museum Foundation recommend the use of this Check List as a reference only.

Contact your local FAA Representative and /or IA if you have any questions.

Contact Bill Tiley with recommendations to add, delete, change or re-arrange this Check List. E-Mail: swiftflier@aol.com



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Annual Check List

Administrative

1. Log Books: Separate log for engine, airframe and propeller. Audit for accuracy.

2, Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins: Insure all applicable ADís and SBís are physically listed and valid.

3. Component / Equipment and Parts tags: Insure legibility and validity to logs.

4. STCís, 337ís and any Field Approvals: Insure legibility and validity to logs.

5. Weight and Balance: Insure legibility, currency and validity to logs.

6. Aircraft Documents - Insure that:
   Airworthiness Certificate is current and displayed in aircraft
   State required documents are current and present in and on aircraft
   Pilotís Operating Handbook is present in the aircraft
   Required placards are legible and properly located

Airframe Inspection

--Remove engine cowling, top and bottom. Check cowls for cracks, corrosion, misalignment, fasteners.

--Remove all inspection covers, wing fairings, empennage fairings and lower forward and aft fuselage panels.

---Inspect nut-plates and screws for condition.

--Inspect all opened access areas for corrosion, cleanliness, damage.
--Inspect all rods and mechanical devices for lubrication, condition and alignment.

--Inspect all cables for condition, alignment, and required tension.

--Inspect electrical wires and connections for corrosion, condition and security.

Port wing
--Inspect aileron and flap attach points for corrosion, security and alignment

--Inspect aileron and flap control rods for corrosion, security and alignment

--Inspect the two wing attach bolts for corrosion and security

--Inspect fuel line for leaks, kinks, chaffing, mal-alignment, security
--Inspect fuel vent line for kinks, chaffing, mal-alignment, security
--Inspect fuel cell for corrosion, leaks, chaffing, and security

--Inspect Grimes Light for corrosion, operation, alignment, security

--Inspect all wires and harnesses for condition and security

--Inspect pitot tube for leaks (including static vents), security, alignment

--Inspect interior wing with bright lights and boro scope for corrosion, damage, cleanliness.

Left Main Undercarriage

--Inspect all links and upper and lower forks for corrosion, wear, security

--Inspect upper boss attach point for cracks, damage, corrosion, security

--Inspect hydraulic hose for chaffing, security, leaks, flexibility

--Inspect lower gear leg (strut) for wear lines, gouges, hydraulic leaks

--Inspect gear leg "X" dimension and compare it with starboard main landing gear leg "X" dimension.

--Inspect all hydraulic lines including brake lines in the gear well for corrosion, leaks, chaffing, alignment and security.

--Inspect gear well for retracted gear mal-alignment marks (chaffing, scrapes, fitting problems).

--Inspect gear door for corrosion, alignment, security

NOTE: Final check will be conducted later during retraction tests

Left Brake

--Inspect chambers for leaks and security

--Inspect pucks for wear

--Inspect flexible hose for wear and flexibility

--Inspect disc for wear, grooves, corrosion

NOTE: Check brake reservoir (located on the firewall) and insure proper fluid level (hydraulic fluid Mil-5606), and insure the cap is vented. Also inspect the master cylinder for leads or damage (above the pilotís side rudder pedals).

Left Wheel

---Inspect tire for wear, bad balance wear, cuts, weather cracks

--Jack the wheel and remove

--Removing all lubricants, inspect wheel, axel, bearings, race, and spacers for corrosion, damage and dimensions.

--Lubricate axel, bearings, race and re-set and reinstall wheel.

Starboard Wing

--Inspect aileron and flap attach points for corrosion, security and alignment

--Inspect aileron and flap control rods for corrosion, security and alignment

--Inspect the two wing attach bolts for corrosion and security

--Inspect fuel line for leaks, kinks, chaffing, mal-alignment, security

--Inspect fuel vent line for kinks, chaffing, mal-alignment, security

--Inspect fuel cell for corrosion, leaks, chaffing, and security

--Inspect Grimes Light for corrosion, operation, alignment, security

--Inspect all wires and harnesses for condition and security

--Inspect pitot tube for leaks (including static vents), security, alignment

--Inspect interior wing with bright lights and boro scope for corrosion, damage, cleanliness.

Right Main Undercarriage

--Inspect all links and upper and lower forks for corrosion, wear, security

--Inspect upper boss attach point for cracks, damage, corrosion, security

--Inspect hydraulic hose for chaffing, security, leaks, flexibility

--Inspect lower gear leg (strut) for wear lines, gouges, hydraulic leaks

--Inspect gear leg "X" dimension and compare it with starboard main landing gear leg "X" dimension.

--Inspect all hydraulic lines including brake lines in the gear well for corrosion, leaks, chaffing, alignment and security.

--Inspect gear well for retracted gear mal-alignment marks (chaffing, scrapes, fitting problems).

--Inspect gear door for corrosion, alignment, security

NOTE: Final check will be conducted later during retraction tests

Right Brake

--Inspect chambers for leaks and security

--Inspect pucks for wear

--Inspect flexible hose for wear and flexibility

--Inspect disc for wear, grooves, corrosion

Right Wheel

--Inspect tire for wear, bad balance wear, cuts, weather cracks

--Jack the wheel and remove

--Removing all lubricants, inspect wheel, axel, bearings, race, and spacers for corrosion, damage, and dimensions.

--Lubricate axel, bearings, race and re-set and reinstall wheel

Fuselage

--Lower Forward Fuselage:

--Inspect hydraulic lines for corrosion, leaks, alignment and security.

--Inspect electrical harness and wires for condition and security

--Inspect stringer and frames for corrosion or damage

--Inspect fuel lines for corrosion, leaks, alignment and security

Lower Aft Fuselage

--Inspect control cables and pulleys for condition, alignment, tension

--Inspect fuel sight bowl and lines for leaks, alignment, security

--Inspect fuel collector box for leaks and condition

--Inspect port and starboard wing fuel lines and pipes for leaks

--Inspect electrical harnesses and wires for condition and security

--Inspect emergency landing gear extension mechanism for condition, alignment and security.

--Inspect stringers and frames for corrosion or damage

Fuselage - Entire Tube

--Inspect for corrosion and condition of skin, rivets, fasteners, and seams.

--Inspect interior fuselage for corrosion or damage

--Inspect fuselage area immediately aft of firewall for corrosion or damage.

--Inspect cockpit area between left and right sliding windows and fuselage skin for corrosion or damage.

--Inspect fit of aft windows including rubber seal for damage

--Inspect cockpit rear shelf for corrosion or damage, including "A" Frame pipe braces for security.

--Inspect windscreen fit for channel cracks and security

--Inspect entry hatch for corrosion, fit, and security

--Inspect empennage area of the fuselage for damage, including lower area immediately above the tail wheel.

Empennage

--Inspect elevator attach points for travel, security, and alignment

--Inspect elevator stops for damage or mis-alignment

--Inspect trim tab for security and operation (correct direction)

--Inspect trim handle in cockpit for corresponding movement on elevator.

--Inspect horizontal stabilizer for wear and security

--Inspect rudder for travel, security, and operation

--Inspect rudder stops for damage or mis-alignment

--Inspect all control cable attach points for security and operation

Main Landing Gear Retraction Test

A. Prepare the aircraft for retraction test

B. No wind conditions

A. Jacks placed in proper position

B. Tail-plane raised to water line and tied to and sitting on a 40 lb weight. Do not put dead weight on the horizontal stabilizers.

C. Inspect the Emergency Gear Down Cables for condition, routing, alignment, security and tension.

D. Jacks should be extended simultaneously until gears are fully extended and wheels off floor by 2 inches.

E. Master Switch "ON" and gear lever placed in "UP" position

F. Listen for smooth operation and inspect for full retract of both gears

G. When both gears are retracted, "Up Switches" cancel system operation.

H. Inspect for gear door fit and security

I. Inspect for wheel fit and security

J. Inspect for leaks, chaffing, binding

K. Place gear lever in "Down Position"

L. Listen for smooth operation and watch downward movement for leaks, chaffing, or binding.

M. When both gears are extended, the "Down Switches" will cancel system operation.

N. Master Switch "Off". Inspect for leaks, chaffing, binding

Repeat "E" through "N" (total of two retractions)

Emergency Gear Extension Test (Observer Required)

With aircraft still on jacks, retract the landing gear (repeat "e" through "j")

Sit in the pilotís seat, leave the Master Switch "ON"

Pull the circuit breaker for the landing gear and place the gear down lever in the "down" position.

Turn the Emergency Gear Down Handle clockwise about 52 turns until the landing gear is down and lockedÖ the green light will come on if the system is rigged properly. Should the amber or red light stay on after the green, the landing gear is unsafe, regardless of the green light.

After confirming that the landing gear is safely down and locked, turn off the Master Switch and re-wind the Emergency Gear Down Handle approximately 52 turns in the counter clockwise direction. Do not use the aircraft hydraulic system function to retract the landing gear while this is being done.

NOTE: When returning the emergency crank handle to its full up position (counter clock-wise), do not force it thru a turn just to fit it into the resting slot. The handle must be replaced in position the last time it passes the position freely. Forcing it into position causes tension and side loads on the worm gear assembly which results in the pull-down cable jumping off the pulleys. Also, to obtain proper tension on the pull-down cable, simply adjust the turnbuckle in the pull down cable in order to have three fourths of a turn, and one half hand crank left after the second down-lock snaps into place (remember, this is a two person activity). Too much tension causes the landing gear to fall out before the cranking starts, and it can damage the pulleys in the wheel well area. Replacement of certain pulley brackets can mean removal of the outer wing panels and fuel cells. This information taken from page 22 of the blue Swift Maintenance and Information booklet.

Inspect the cables for condition, tension, alignment.

Visually inspect the Emergency Gear Down cable winding spool for "correct wrap" of the cables.

Flap Operation

A. Clear Flap Area, Master Switch "ON"

B. Turn flap knob clockwise to "DOWN" position

C. Listen for smooth operation and see both flaps go down simultaneously

D. Inspect both flaps for chaffing, rubbing, binding

E. Inspect both flap attach points for security and alignment

F. Inspect both flap actuator rods for security and alignment

G. Inspect flap actuator (aft lower fuselage bay) for leaks, chaffing, binding.

H. Turn flap knob counter clockwise to "UP" position, and refer to "c" through "f" above.

Powerplant Inspection

--Use bright lights and survey and inspect entire engine surface area

--Inspect engine attach points to the engine mounts and engine frame for damage and security

--Inspect the engine frame for cracks, damage and security

--Inspect all control cables for wear, adjustment, movement and security

--Inspect generator for fit, leaks, security

--Inspect starter for fit, leaks, security

--Inspect oil cooler for leaks, damage, fit and security

--Inspect all fuel lines, fuel pump, electrical fuel pump

--Inspect carburetor for condition, leaks, wear and damage

--Inspect carburetor heat box for fit, movement, adjustment

--Inspect magnetos for leaks, fit, spark plug wire attachments

--Inspect exhaust system for cracks, fit, security

--Inspect cockpit heater system for leaks, fit, security

--Check oil level

--Run engine to operating temperature

--Check all gauges for operation

--Check magnetos for proper operation (1700 RPM etc.)

--Check Carburetor Heat operation

--Check idle RPM (700/800)

--Shut engine down, Switch Off, Master Off

--Inspect for oil leaks, fuel leaks

--While engine is still warm, pull top spark plugs and check condition

--Accomplish compression check on all cylinders

--Replace spark plugs to finger tight

--Drain oil

--Pull oil screen and inspect for foreign matter and metal

--Replace oil screen if OK

--Close oil drain cock

--Put in fresh oil confirming dip stick oil level marks

--Tighten spark plugs and re-install plug wires

Propeller Inspection

1. Remove propeller spinner

2. Inspect for security of attach bolts and condition of safety wire

3. Inspect for presence of oil from hub attach point

4. Inspect propeller blades for nicks, cracks

5. Inspect blades for smooth alignment by sighting down all four edges


NOTE: Lubricate all mechanical devices including pulleys, open cables, enclosed cables, hinges, rod swivels, rod eyes, flight controls, control column and tail wheel components.

Revision 11-13-02

ANNUAL INSPECTION ADDITION...

From: Ed Lloyd swift3856k@austin.rr.com
Subject: Annual Checklist
Hi Bill. A suggested addition to the gear portion of the annual inspection checklist. I learned this recently from Jim Montague while helping Lew Fischer troubleshoot a gear problem on his annual. While the airplane is on jacks, during one of the retract cycles with the gear UP, turn the master OFF and place the gear handle DOWN. Wait about 30 seconds to a minute (hyd. pressure bleed off) to see if one or both gear gear will fall out of the well. If one or both gear fall out of the well, the mechanical overcenter uplock needs adjustment or the emergency gear pulldown cable may be too tight. In Lew's case the pulldown cable was so tight it sounded like a violin string when you plucked on it! Don't you do a compression check and timing check of the magnetos on your annual? Cheers........Ed


MORE TO ADD TO THE ANNUAL CHECKLIST...

From: Bill Hoyt Hoytbillmike@aol.com
Subject: Re: Annual Inspection
Sorry to be so long in replying, but this has been a busy month. The check list that is on the web site is excellent. In several places it is a procedure, which is good. There were a few items from FAR 43, Apdx D, that I could not find in the list--check me on these in case I missed something.

Clean airframe and engine(a dirty airplane cannot be properly inspected)
Check seats and safety belts for poor condition or defects.
Check skin surfaces for deterioration, distortion or damage.
Check brake pads or linings for wear("puck" to me means the cylinder that pushes the pads onto the rotors.)
Check and clean all fuel screens.
Check instruments -including magnetic compass- and electronic systems for condition, mounting and operation.

I hope that these suggestions might help someone with their inspections. -- Bill H