A specialised team works round-the-clock to ensure the flip boards run smoothly. Doing so, however, is no easy feat.
In addition to conducting troubleshoots for the board, the highly skilled team conducts half-yearly maintenance. The team first starts with resetting the flaps to the blank positions, before flipping these flaps one-by-one to clean dust off their surfaces as a precautionary measure – even if the rotating motors are fully-covered. These will ensure that each individual module will rotate properly and display the right information.
“The rotation gears, with a small diameter of 30 mm, need to be placed in their designated positions on the board and adjusted to an exact angle,” said Mr Mohamed Ayob bin Ahmat, one of the crew members who maintains the boards. “This is critical as just being a few degrees off will cause the flap to show the wrong letters, numbers and information.”
Whenever information, such as the addition of a new airline, needs to be added to the flip board, the team must carefully remove and replace the new flaps by reinserting into the tightly spaced gaps.
5. Bearing witness to history