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Essential Tools Needed For Aviation Mechanic

Essential Tools Needed For Aviation Mechanic

Posted by Henchman Products Pty Ltd on Jul 23rd 2022

Aircraft mechanics require precise knowledge and customized tools to perform their duties. They are responsible for an airplane’s safety and efficiency, and they rely on a few basic pieces of equipment for a wide range of jobs pertaining to airplane maintenance. Aircraft mechanics should own all the following aircraft mechanic tools.

General mechanics tools
• Standard screwdriver set in common lengths and sizes
• Combination wrench set in sizes from ¼ to 1 inch
• 3/8-inch drive ratchet set with extension
• 3/8-inch drive deep 12 point socket set in common sizes
• ½-inch drive ratchet set with extensions in common sizes
• ½-inch drive deep 12 point socket set in common sizes
• 3/8-inch drive breaker bar
• ½-inch drive breaker bar
• 3/8-inch drive speed handle
• ½-inch drive speed handle
• 3/8-inch drive adjustable air-driven impact
• Adjustable jaw wrenches (large and small)
• Set of Allen wrenches
• Set of common pliers
• Set of vice grips (large and small)
• Set of Channel locks (large and small)
• Safety wire twisters
• Two dead blow hammers (large and small)
• Two ball peen hammers (large and small)
• Safety glasses
• Hard shell ear protectors
• Set of feeler gauges
• Pair of mechanical fingers
• Adjustable mirror
• Long handler magnet
• 10X magnifying glass
• Industrial handheld and head band type flashlights
• Hack saw
• Utility knife
• Mechanics tool chest
• Roll-away

Avionics and electrical tools
• Small toolbox or canvas tool bag
• Side cut pliers
• Needle nose pliers
• Cannon plug pliers
• Male and female pin pushers
• Industrial handheld and head band type flashlights
• Wire strippers
• Crimpers
• Digital volt ohm meter with leads
• 10X magnifying glass
• Utility knife
• Screwdrivers and nut driver set
• Soldering iron 40W maximum
• Safety glasses
• Small ball peen hammer
• Safety wire twisters

Structural repair tools
• Dead blow hammers
• Rawhide mallet
• Ball peen hammer
• ¼-inch chuck pistol grip air drill (2,600 rpm, 33 hp, non reversible)
• Drill bit set (high speed 135-degree with split point and in common rivet sizes)
• 4X pistol grip rivet gun with beehive retaining spring
• Adjustable pistol grip air screwdriver
• Universal rivet set (straight and offset in common rivet sizes)
• Flush rivet set (one large for skins and one smaller)
• 3 bucking bars (1.5- to 3-pound bars, include a stringer bar, heel and toe, and a z bar)
• Micro stop countersink with piloted cutters (cutters in common rivet sizes)
• Cleco pliers and clecos (two dozen each in silver, black, copper, gold, and side clamping)
• Hole finders (in common rivet sizes)
• Combination square set
• Inside and outside calipers
• Scribe
• 8-inch shockproof dial calipers
• Set of radius gauges
• Set of feeler gauges
• Pin punches (in common rivet sizes)
• Automatic center punch
• ½-inch chisel
• Straight snips
• Files (flat, half round and round)
• File handle
• Left and right snips
• Hack saw
• 10-foot steel measuring tape
• Needle nose vice grips
• Allen wrenches
• Screw extractor
• Safety glasses
• Hard shell ear protectors
• Hip type toolbox with top tray

Managing your tool inventory
After your purchases, carefully managing your valuable tools inventory will bring peace of mind. You can minimize the risk of misplacing tools by taking only what you need to do the job. A problem with owning a large inventory of expensive tools is that you also have to manage that large inventory of tools. This requires a secure place to store your tools so that you don’t have what retailers call “mysterious shrinkage.” To avoid loss of tools, at the end of every shift you must, without fail, account for each tool used during the shift. The more tools you take to the job site, the more likely you are to misplace or forget one. From day one, you need to develop a failsafe strategy of ensuring that you bring home all the tools that you took to the job.