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                         A Few of My Favorite
                         Things                                                                   By Scott Strong, manager of
                         Some recommended tools for the shop                                         training and compliance,
                                                                                                  Global Aviation Services LLC

          icture this if you will: a piece of equipment with    could not function. After repairing the wire, this unit was

 P        a gremlin in the electrical system. We have all
          seen it in the shop — or worse yet — been the
                                                                back in service. In an hour this repair was diagnosed and
                                                                completed, and without the power probe would have taken
guy tasked with finding the problem on a 20-year-old piece      dramatically longer.
of equipment where all of the wires are the same color                Another tool in my box that many GSE techs overlook is
and the wiring diagram that we have is probably accurate,       the needle adaptor for the end of our grease guns. I do not
or at least close.                                              mean the needle designed to pierce tie rod end boots, but the
     Laying out around the piece of equipment is a set of       dull-pointed needle that can be used to push in the ball on the
jumper cables that we are using to provide a good power         end of a grease fitting and then fill the fitting. Many dollies,
and ground. We also have our DVOM, test light and a             bag carts and loaders have grease fittings that are hard, if not
mess of jumper wires.                                           impossible, to reach. With this tool even hard-to-reach fittings
     This is where the favorite tool in my box comes out        are accessible and, by the way, our gun is not now stuck on
to play. That tool is a “Power Probe III” and if you do not     the fitting. The NAPA part number for this tool is #715-1251.
have one in your shop, you should. It is a DVOM, test                 Many of the younger guys in our industry have never
light, polarity checker and jumper wires all in one. It is      seen a refractometer, but this i
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