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Posted: 1/22/2012 5:31:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2012 6:30:24 AM EDT by jmoffatt]
I am an aircraft mechanic for FedEx I work on Airbus A300's Boeing 727 and 757, I am also a certificated private pilot with instrument rating, I have held my A&P for 22 years now, my first job out a school was as a mechanic at the flight school at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Ok. Riverside Airport.
So What's you all's background and What do you do?
Link Posted: 1/22/2012 5:43:07 PM EDT
Joined the Army in 1981 and was a 67Y attack helicopter repairman.

Got my A&P back in 1986. Hired on with my current employer in 87 and still working as an A&P on helicopters.

Have worked on all types of them. Most of my experience has been Sikorsky, Bell and now AugustaWestland. Been to a few factory schools
over the years.
Link Posted: 1/22/2012 6:05:54 PM EDT
Who would have guessed the first post is from Louisiana, where ya at? I'm in SHV.
Link Posted: 1/22/2012 6:11:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/22/2012 6:30:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jmoffatt:
Who would have guessed the first post is from Louisiana, where ya at? I'm in SHV.


Lafayette.

I'm a transplant from MI. This is my second time here. I was on a contract job for my current employer for 10 years up in
Ohio and when we lost that, I came back here.
Link Posted: 1/22/2012 7:00:22 PM EDT
30 yrs. Electrician underground coal mine !
Link Posted: 1/22/2012 7:12:04 PM EDT
27 years in the aviation industry. Hold an A&P/IA and currently work in the rotor-wing industry in Quality Assurance/Airworthiness Certification for a company dealing with military and civilian helicopter interior completions and STC modifications. I deal mainly with new STC and experimental projects.

Got my start in the US Army as a 67V Aero/Scout Crew Chief on the Alpha and Charlie model OH-58. Have worked overseas military contract, general aviation maintenance for a German FBO, manufacturing, cargo, Part 121 and Part 145.
Link Posted: 1/22/2012 9:58:50 PM EDT
Flying redneck farmer that occasionally moonlights on the side in the winter when Im not busy as a ramp-rat.
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 12:26:18 AM EDT
Gas passer, among other things.


I play with these too


Sir James...
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 1:10:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2012 5:28:09 PM EDT by Neppo1345]
Liaison / ops support engineer for an airline...at least for the time being.
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 3:11:35 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 3:14:12 AM EDT
A lot of sling wing guys in here.
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 5:37:13 AM EDT
Does this count as "in the industry?"



USAF/Civilian (MCA) ARFF Firefighter

Working towards getting my PPL. 20 hours in a 152 so far.

Link Posted: 1/23/2012 10:31:49 AM EDT
I sit here and steer this thing where they tell me to.


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Link Posted: 1/23/2012 11:41:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2012 11:43:52 AM EDT by jmoffatt]
Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
I sit here and steer this thing where they tell me to.


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The pic is hard to see what model is that? I've been in a lot of flight decks,


Link Posted: 1/23/2012 1:12:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2012 1:12:55 PM EDT by Mryenko]
Originally Posted By jmoffatt:
Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
I sit here and steer this thing where they tell me to.


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The pic is hard to see what model is that? I've been in a lot of flight decks,


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v290/jmoffatt/070f7598c898a4887b952f79fada56f4401eac21.jpg


A310?
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 1:15:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 2:36:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2012 2:37:16 PM EDT by The_Emu]
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 3:16:19 PM EDT
Currently a M.A.L.E. UAV pilot for a civilian contractor.
I've been a charter pilot, asst. chief CFI, A&P for a robinson service center and I'm most proud of being a former AK wheel pilot. Once my contract is up with this company I'm hoping to get back to flying manned aircraft.
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 3:37:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/16/2012 8:58:41 PM EDT by FB41]
Flew corporate in a King Air 90 part time and some part 135 work flying checks, also lifted meat bombs in a Caravan for awhile.
Regular job is in the space industry and missiles, quality engineering.

Forgot this : AV-8A Harrier mech back in the day

Link Posted: 1/23/2012 5:17:32 PM EDT
In order of logging time in:






This is the Seminole I did my first ATP in 20 years ago.







Link Posted: 1/23/2012 7:53:14 PM EDT
I vector airplanes for amusement....
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 11:03:49 PM EDT
Started my career in the U.S. Army in 1990 as a 68N Avionics Mechanic working on Hueys, Blackhawks, Cobras and 58's. Worked as an installer after the Army in General Aviation, Corpus Christi Army Depot as a contractor for LSI, Mobile Aerospace then Delta.
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 11:19:48 PM EDT
Was an aircraft electrician on F-111A's from '88-92. Was forcibly cross trained (rivetized) with environmental... became an electro-environmental technician. Ran into no CJR (career job reservation) when it came time to reenlist and cross-trained to flight engineer on C-141B's from 92-98. Enjoyed flying on aircraft that were older than I was. Considered getting a job in the industry but didn't feel that I could get my A&P and actually be able to use it because I never did that kind of work... moved into IT and appreciate everything that's in the industry now. I like airplanes.
Link Posted: 1/23/2012 11:42:06 PM EDT
87-98 67R active duty
A&P in 97
98-02 Final Assembly/ Functional Test on Learjet 31/60 and Flight test and Cert of the Challenger 300. Layoff.
02-05 Contractor in Iraq for Army ALSE / Night vision.
05-06 Learjet Service center A&P
06-09 Contractor in Iraq DoS
09-10 Contractor in Afghanistan Betss-c program( Operating surveillance systems on the Afghan/Pak Border.
Heading back to Afghanistan soon S-61's, Bell 214's, Puma's , and S-94's
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 12:04:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Mryenko:
Originally Posted By jmoffatt:
Originally Posted By EMSflyer:
I sit here and steer this thing where they tell me to.


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The pic is hard to see what model is that? I've been in a lot of flight decks,


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v290/jmoffatt/070f7598c898a4887b952f79fada56f4401eac21.jpg


A310?


Yes .
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 2:48:17 AM EDT
Currently Director of Maintenance for a corporate flight department. We operate Gulfstream aircraft world wide.

Since 1973 been: mechanic, instructor, airline maintenance management, field service rep, chief inspector and manager of QC. Also got my Private Pilot back in 1974.
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 3:35:00 AM EDT
I started working in the industry by fueling and towing small airplanes at a repair station/ FBO halfway through A&P school.

My first job as an A&P mechanic was rebuilding Thrushes and Air Tractors. I didn't work there for too long. I got a job with a regional airline working on Saab 340's, Bombardier CRJ-200's, and CRJ-900's.

I now work on Boeing 737's as an A&P, mostly line maintenance.
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 9:03:39 AM EDT
Started in 98' as a Chinook mechanic, then became a crew cheif, then a flight engineer, then a standards instructor. Flew over 2,600 hours, and 3 deployments and a korea tour. Best fucking job in the military!

In 04 while still in, and home on leave, i earned my PPL., then my A&P

Got out in 04, and although I was jobless, I bought an C150 to build time (i saved while I was in).

I payed some dues as a CFI and IA, now I manage 2 planes, and fly them as well. One being a brand new single pilot jet.

I LOVE my job. I fly out with the boss, stay and play (vegas this week, NY NY), then fly home.

Link Posted: 1/24/2012 4:47:57 PM EDT
Management.
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 6:23:02 PM EDT
Aircraft Dispatcher for a little airline in Texas. Also hold a Private Pilot ASEL.
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 6:47:13 PM EDT
Aircraft Dispatcher since 07. I enjoy it ... most days, when weather and maintenance cooperates.
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 9:06:51 PM EDT
A&P since 03 working on rotor wing loving every minute of it!!!
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 9:11:28 PM EDT
Interesting to see a lot of rotor wing experience in here, especially Army.
Originally Posted By aw139mech:
A&P since 03 working on rotor wing loving every minute of it!!!


Link Posted: 1/24/2012 9:19:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/24/2012 9:21:50 PM EDT by TheMechanic48]
Originally Posted By aw139mech:
A&P since 03 working on rotor wing loving every minute of it!!!


What you work on?

ETA: I just noticed your user name with AW in it. AugutaWestland 139?
Link Posted: 1/25/2012 6:07:34 PM EDT
Private pilot and ground test engineer for an aircraft manufacturer.
Link Posted: 1/26/2012 1:22:07 AM EDT
Structural Mechanic/Welder.

Been in the industry for 10yrs, with an Airframe license for 7. Started out in a 145 repair staion as a welder,having never touched an aircraft, but cross trained doing structures when things where slow doing weld repairs. I've always been pretty good working with metal, and have pretty good layout and fabricating skills, so it kinda come natural to me. I'm thankful that the DOM gave me a shot at working structures, realizing that I had a knack for working with metal. Hell, he personally signed my OJT's, wrote a reference letter, and set up a appointment with the local FSDO for me to get my sign off for my A license.




Link Posted: 1/26/2012 4:05:33 AM EDT
Strength Engineer for Boeing Defense Space and Security working on the F/A-18 E/F program
Link Posted: 1/26/2012 9:20:16 AM EDT
I've been flying CRJs out West for the past 12 years.
Link Posted: 1/27/2012 1:29:35 AM EDT
A&P mechanic for a regional airline working overnight hangar maintenance on emb 135/140/145 and crj 700
Link Posted: 1/27/2012 4:54:39 AM EDT
Ratings
-Private Pilot ASEL
-Sr Parachute Rigger, Back
-A&P Mechanic

Have 400 hours as PIC. Quit flying as I couldn't justify the cost. Used to own an antique airplane, Funk B85C.

Became a rigger being in the skydive community. Have 2000 jumps.

Went to A&P school just out of high school. Worked for a FBO for a few years. Quit that gig and have been with my current employer for 31 years. We provide helicopter transportation supporting the offshore energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico and worldwide. Current gig is lead mechanic with 25 ships and 20 mechanics under my leadership at my field base.
Link Posted: 1/27/2012 4:57:08 AM EDT
I design parachute systems.

Count on me to let you down
Link Posted: 1/27/2012 5:02:42 AM EDT
High speed lift operator
Link Posted: 1/27/2012 11:55:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2012 11:58:36 PM EDT by hardridincwby28]
Originally Posted By Planenutok:
A&P mechanic for a regional airline working overnight hangar maintenance on emb 135/140/145 and crj 700


Where ya located?

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Link Posted: 1/28/2012 1:08:05 AM EDT
I damned near starved doing that.

Amazing how fast an old man can move when there's a big tip involved.


Link Posted: 1/28/2012 5:59:14 AM EDT
My father taught aircraft maintenance for 25 years. I got my A&P in '96.
I have worked on all of the different types of King Air airframes, even the 65-90 s/n LJ34 in the Smithsonian Business Aircraft area during its flying days before it went on display, and have lots of 20 and 30 series Lear and some Falcon & Hawker experience.
I spent almost 10 years with the Space Shuttle program, I got to work inside the ship and in the firing room for launches and the runway for landings and even got to bolt the ship onto the 747 a few times. I also worked on the ARES 1X flight test vehicle.
Got back from fixing planes overseas last month and now looking for work again.

I got a question for the heavy plane mech's out there and don't want to derail the thread, but are the big planes really that much different? no heavy exp seems to mean don't apply. Other than aircycle machines, constant speed drives and the parts are bigger, what?
Link Posted: 1/28/2012 6:58:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2012 4:37:22 PM EDT by QUIB]
Originally Posted By RiverSwine45:
I got a question for the heavy plane mech's out there and don't want to derail the thread, but are the big planes really that much different? no heavy exp seems to mean don't apply. Other than aircycle machines, constant speed drives and the parts are bigger, what?


I've seen a few people who were intimidated by the size of the larger aircraft. I look at it this way- an aircraft is an aircraft. Aviation Maintenance begins with being able to read and interpret the AMM. If you can do that, you have already won 95% of the battle. Knowing your background, which is very similar to mine, being a 2nd generation A&P, I don't think I have to tell you that. It has probably already been hammered into your brain from childhood, much like me.

I do believe that simply due to the shear size of the larger aircraft, that more teamwork is involved. In the 121 world it often times takes more than one person to accomplish a Job or Task Card. One guy alone can't tackle a MLG Tire Change or rig an aileron. But I enjoyed that work environment and that level of team work and cohesion is something I have not found very often outside of my time with the military.

ETA: I will add that it helped my career progression that I had GA fixed-wing experience which involved some small twin engine / retract experience. That along with my other experience helped me get on with my first regional. That experience on turboprops, CRJ's and BAE146's helped me get on with my next airline (CRJ 700's) and in return on to my third airline as QA on the EMB 170. So yes, having some heavy experience sure helps, but I don't think having no heavy experience would totally rule out your chances. You might have to go that regional route first for a few years, like many of us have had to do. - Quib
Link Posted: 1/28/2012 4:19:01 PM EDT
Started as just another Marine on C-130's. Then got stuck working on 'em. KC-130T's to be exact. Airframes, which was everything except fuel, engines, and trons.
Civilian side started quality on H-60, S,M, L models for SAC.
Now I'm in quality on 747-8 upper lobes for a Boeing sub-contractor.

But I've been riding in planes my whole life!
Link Posted: 1/28/2012 5:27:27 PM EDT
1995-2006 = Large regional airline flying E-120 Brasilia and CRJ's
2006-2010 = Flying Citation 550, 560, 650 for defense contractor/manufacturer
2010-present = The Dark Side....I'm not happy til you're not happy

Total time = roughly 8000 hours. Type ratings E-120, CE-500, CE-650, CL-65, B-737.
Link Posted: 1/29/2012 1:29:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MSC182:
Aircraft Dispatcher for a little airline in Texas. Also hold a Private Pilot ASEL.


Which one?

Link Posted: 1/29/2012 6:31:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2012 6:37:46 AM EDT by 2A373]
Active duty AF crew chief since 1994. Worked 10 years on F-15C/D/Es, 1 year on Lawn Darts, and 6 on F-22s so far.
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