DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. --
The 94th Maintenance Squadron at Dobbins Air Reserve Base conducted a thorough isochronal inspection of a C-130H Hercules aircraft on April 2, 2023.
Isochronal inspections are required every 540 calendar days and are conducted by examining parts of the aircraft that are not normally accessible. These inspections are essential for ensuring the airworthiness of the aircraft.
The ISO inspection process is much more comprehensive than everyday maintenance. It requires a significant amount of disassembly but is necessary to guarantee the aircraft is safe and the wing remains ready to provide tactical airlift to the joint community.
Senior Master Sgt. Edward Graham, 94th Maintenance Squadron flight chief, explained, "The inspection allows our maintainers to inspect the aircraft in ways that cannot be done during routine maintenance. By doing this, we can ensure that we have a safe aircraft capable of being in the air and flying again."
These inspections also provide maintainers an opportunity to work together and learn from each other in ways they might not have an opportunity to on a regular basis. These inspections are vital to not only to maintaining the readiness of the United States Air Force and ensuring the safety of those who rely on these aircraft, but in improving overall training and job competency for Reserve Citizen Airmen.