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Old 02-20-2006, 08:37 PM
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US NAVY In-Flight Technician aboard P-3 ORION nothing like flyin 500 ft. over the water working on the broken radar!!!
Westwood College Houston Tx. A&P cert. 2003 Worked on King-Airs and a bunch of GA stuff currently rebuilding a Citabria and working on my CFI-CFII-MEI I want to fly these dang thangs that i keep fixing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1[>:]
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:17 AM
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I got my A&P in 1978 at Lewis U in Lockport Ill. Moved to Seattle got my IA in !981 while serving 19years "hard time" at an FBO. Landed a job with a private company 8 years ago taking care of one jet (F50EX) and 2 helis (A109E & MD520). Much better now, the boss has a F7X on order.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:31 AM
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USAF B-52 jet engine mechanic. Joined up in 2003. No A&P yet. I'd rather do the flyin' thing though. After the military, I'll be getting IFR through ATP ratings in Dallas, Tx
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Old 03-08-2006, 04:26 PM
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One year left. I'm jumping ship from heavy equipment. I've been in equipment for almost twenty years and it's the worst job in the world (imo). Now I work 9+ hours then go to school for 6, 5 days a week. I can't wait, going to work at the airport, everyday, to work on airplanes
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Old 03-10-2006, 12:29 PM
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A&E!!!!!!!!!! in 1957. Burgard Vocational HS in Buffalo NY. Flew myself to Rochester NY in a 7AC Champ to take the exam.
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Old 03-18-2006, 05:40 AM
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Hey guys,

I am an Avionics Engineer, 14 years at Qantas on RAAF 707 tankers, 747, 767, in ramp, hangars & workshops.

Am now with Singapore Airlines working as a Simulator Tech on the Bombardier Lear Jet 45 Simulators, made by both Flight Safety International & CAE.

Always hated the overhaul workshops, but the rest of the industry is good fun

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Old 11-12-2006, 05:33 PM
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one more semester or Airframe I have my Powerplant already, Had an interview with cessna along with two other guys to see who gets recruted right out of school to be trained. Like airframe more than I do Powerplant have an intrest in sheetmetal and fabrics mostly. what part about it do yall enjoy most
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Old 11-12-2006, 09:11 PM
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Companies are always looking for fresh meat to exploit. A large percentage of A&P work is just basic unskilled labor and every shop needs some new guys that will work cheap. Hopefully you will be well liked and move up to a livable wage within the industry. If the future is not looking so good, have a backup career in mind. I started working as a plumber as a teenager, got into aviation (mistake), finally got a job with a major and lucked into a shop making 70K working 15 hours a week. Now Im back to being a plumber and for me aviation is a thing of the past. I now know why airplanes fly, it has nothing to do with Bernoulli, they leave the ground because aviation sucks.
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:52 PM
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I presantly work on CRJ 200 and have worked on Saabs and Jetstreams. The most fun I have though is my side job which is working on Enstrom Helicopters because I have flight privlages. Changing an engine in a Cirrus SR22 too. Putting my RC trainning to good use every day!
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:26 AM
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Aviation is what you make of it, If you dont like it get the hell out... I have been in this industry for 25 years and yes I could have a higher paying job (I was an engineer at Bell Helicopter and threw it all away to work on GA airplanes) but when you love what you do that is what ultimately matters in the end.
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Companies are always looking for fresh meat to exploit. A large percentage of A&P work is just basic unskilled labor and every shop needs some new guys that will work cheap. Hopefully you will be well liked and move up to a livable wage within the industry. If the future is not looking so good, have a backup career in mind. I started working as a plumber as a teenager, got into aviation (mistake), finally got a job with a major and lucked into a shop making 70K working 15 hours a week. Now Im back to being a plumber and for me aviation is a thing of the past. I now know why airplanes fly, it has nothing to do with Bernoulli, they leave the ground because aviation sucks.
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:17 PM
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Hello all,

Wow I never woulda dreamed of a Maintainer post on this forum but hey why not. So heres me.

U.S. Air Force E-5 been an F-16C/D Crew Chief (CrewDog)for six years now and absolutely love it. Started on Block 52's then worked Transient Alert/Crash Recovery for a year and tinkered with just about anything you can imagine Cessna's, C-17, Chinook, Apache, C-5, C-12, C-130 (<- got my wish for a little while), C-17, F-117, F-18, A-10, B-737-400, Boeing 747, and MD-11 to name a few. Now I am back stateside and working the old block 25's. I got started in Aviation as a kid through my dad and RC. As you can tell I still do both. I was originally gonna be a C-130 Crew Chief but somehow got put on F-16's. It's a busy fast paced life and I go home tired, sore, and filthy, and I can't hear a darn thing but hey the whole world is my office and who doesn't love the smell of burnt JP8 and watching that big flame coming out the tail at o dark thirty in the morning.
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:54 AM
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I can't blame anyone for leaving Bells engineering department, I know a couple of guys who left because they had enough of the corruption. Aviation is one industry that a person has to love because it doesn't have much going for it otherwise. It is a great hobby for the wealthy, but a terrible way to make a living for a family. Working GA is ok as long as you can charge the customer directly. I still have a couple of good customers, but only because they pay good.
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:11 AM
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A&P with IA for over 30 violation free years on everything from a Pitts to a 747 all over the world, just had my A&P revoked because I called the cops on a Salt Lake FAA Inspector who broke into a friends Cessna 310. The cop actually filled a report with the Tooele Valley Sheriffs Department stating the airplane was intered without the owners permission. The fed was so upset with me he lied on a LOI about a transponder check I had sighned off. The FAA/NTSB kangaroo court just reafirm each other and believe more than 50% of the FAA and nothing what a mechanic said. So if it's that easy to take away a man's livlyhood in this country they can keep the ******* thing
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:26 AM
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A mechanic at my airline got his ticket pulled, management liked him so they put him in that position where no license is required.
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:59 AM
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I get annoyed enough with my RC plane's engine and tail feathers. I use to like the idea, but I do not think I'll become a mechanic
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:06 PM
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I'm an IA and student pilot. Started out in fixed wing and now only do helicopters. That will change because I'm trying to open a shop and will take whatever work we can get. Getting my AA in business this year.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:40 PM
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Graduated Spartan School of Aeronautics in November of 1995, worked DC-8 fuel cell maintenance and general maintenamce for about a year, Joined the Air Force, crewchief on C-17s for 3 years in Charleston SC, moved to Abilene Texas was a flying crewchief on C-130s for 4 years and now I am a C-130 flight engineer.
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:16 AM
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Worked 90% of my career prior to 2005 retirement in A-10's. Did a little of everything from parachute rigger, egress, crew chief, weapons, and aircrew survival, aircraft mishap investigation. Jack of all trades, master of a few. I still hold a FAA master rigger cert and will go out to parachute mishaps for the FAA.
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:53 AM
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1976 grad of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U.
Worked F101 VooDoo's and F 4 Phantoms
worked for 5 different airlines I currently work for US Airways.
I have been a aircraft mechanic for 30 years
worked DC 9 DC 10 B 727 737 747 757
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If I can help send me an email anytime.
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:09 AM
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1973 USMC avionics tech, crew chief, line chief got my A&P in 89 worked the majors until 04. corporate jets for a year and 1/2 now I'm a flight mech on a 727-200.
When this gig goes south I'm gonna be done fixin planes.
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Old 02-23-2007, 01:29 AM
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A&P in 2000. love the work.. started on Cessna 150's any to manny to list..lol then up to King airs.. lears then T45 C. got bored so got in to working for Euro Copter AS350 B B2 and 120's then moved in to working with UAV's Hunter and hunter 2 got in to composites now going back to working with AS350 for gulf Cost oil co. was QA on Hunter 2 program till it got cut.. still love the work and learn something new every day..
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:57 AM
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The US Navy trusted me with 40 million dollar F-18's. Although I was an E-3 all the pilots preffered me working on their planes.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:40 PM
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four years Army 67G2F, ECAT (I remember Kehoe), two years corporate, 4 years military contract, 17 years commercial.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:45 PM
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A&P for 4 years. Got my ticket at F.S. Air Service. (medivac and charter) FAA certified training facility. Anchorage Alaska. Best thing about it, I got paid to learn, and I got to work on jets from the start.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:49 PM
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I graduated from spartan school of aeronautics in 1951 I had my a&p, multi engine mech.,flight Engineer, and commercial pilot rating. I was hired while in school.Went to work as Flight Engineer for a major airline. I flew for over35 years. Ret. in 1986. I fly all types of rc aircraft. I live in Hurst texas
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