Sorry, no pictures from KLIA. They have a very strict policy against photography in the apron area.
I’m a night person. I love night time. I’m not nocturnal but I like how it’s peaceful, quiet and cool when the sun goes down. And the fact that you’re going against your biological cycle makes it even more appealing.
So I was really looking forward to starting my night shift at KLIA ASU during my 3 months posting there. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Things are a little different here at night. My shift starts at 7pm. The sun is already on it’s way down, slowly letting the darkness take over. Yellow flood lights illuminate the bays.
We handle the arrivals for the last few flights of the day. Most of the aircraft coming in at this time will be here for a night stop. So we usually power down the aircraft and leave it parked at the bays for the stayover check or for any defect rectification. By 12am, the last aircraft would have landed.
For the past 2 nights, I was with the defect team. Basically our job is to rectify the defects reported in the technical logs. We sort through them to find those that can be rectified here and for those that cannot be done here, it will be deferred for base maintenance (if allowable).
It’s fun and unpredictable. Because you can never predict which planes will have what defects tonight. Although for some planes you already know what’s wrong once you see the registration. So here in KLIA ASU, it’s more to thinking on your feet and making fast (and safe) decisions. It’s more to troubleshooting and problem solving and time is limited. By 5am the first planes will be flying off already. And by 6:30 I’ll be on my way back home to sleep till noon.
One good thing about shift work is you get days off during weekdays. But sometimes you have to work weekends. For this week, I’m on Friday night and Saturday night, then off on Sunday and Monday. Sometimes these off days during weekdays can be rather convenient: