After every flight, airline pilots fill out a form, called a “gripe sheet,” which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
M: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Something loose in cockpit
M: Something tightened in cockpit
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
M: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
M: Evidence removed.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
M: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
M: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
M: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
P: Navigation radar hums.
M: Reprogrammed radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
M: Cat installed.
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
M: Took hammer away from midget