We had a HYD 1 leak, a HYD 1 pump mechanical failure, a left AMAD
oil-pressure failure, and switching valve failures to our left LEF and right AIL.
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The Eagle pilot had been waiting for his hot-brake check, when an AMAD
warning light in the cockpit illuminated.
After parking the aircraft, our squadron maintainers immediately had me shut down the right engine because oil was leaking out the AMAD
I quickly checked in with my squadron rep and told him I had a right AMAD
caution, I had shut down the engine and intended to restart for landing.
To my utter amazement, the AMAD
Fire Light extinguished, and Toast 7 moved closer advising me that the fire was under control, but was still "cooking in the afterburner section.
Jolly closed for a visual inspection and described the leak as coming from the left engine near the AMAD
Current analysis conducted by independent experts, comprised of retired Navy personnel with extensive Navy Aviation operational and support experience, confirms previous data that the AMAD
gearbox exceeds the operational performance requirements.
NATOPS directs this action because operations longer than 30 minutes will lead to an AMAD
NOTE TO EDITORS: An AMAD
is a gearbox that converts high speed rotating motion from the jet turbine engine on the F/A-18 to a different speed of rotating motion used to drive various accessories within the aircraft.
caution was the more serious problem, so we decided to go through that procedure first.
Lucas Western designed the AMAD
in the mid-1970s, and has supplied over 3000 to Northrop and the Navy.