Here are some genuine maintenance complaints (known as squawks) submitted by Qantas pilots to maintenance engineers. After attending to the squawk prior to the aircraft's next flight, the maintenance crews are required to log the details of action taken as a solution to the pilot's squawk.
The following are some recent squawks and subsequent responses by maintenance crews.
(P) is the problem logged by the pilot and
(M) is the response from the maintenance engineer.
(P) Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
(M) Almost replaced left inside main tyre.
(P) Test flight OK except auto land very rough.
(M) Auto land not installed on this aircraft.
(P) No.2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
(M) No.2 propeller seepage normal - No.1,No.3 and No.4 propellers lack normal seepage.
(P) Something loose in cockpit.
(M) Something tightened in cockpit.
(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
(M) Evidence removed.
(P) DME volume unbelievably loud.
(M) Volume set to a more believable level.
(P) Dead bugs on windscreen.
(M) Live bugs on order.
(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent.
(M) Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
(P) IFF inoperative.
(M) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
(M) That's what they're there for.
(P) Number 3 engine missing.
(M) Engine found on right wing after brief search.
(P) Aircraft handles funny.
(M) Aircraft warned to straighten up and be serious.
(P) Target radar hums.
(M) Reprogrammed target radar with the words.