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Old 06-15-2011, 11:49 AM   #1831
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Not sure I want to start a new thread for this.....but....ah......Any of you guys go to school for aircraft maintenance?
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:37 PM   #1832
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I started, got several classes done, but changed majors before I completed the maintenance curriculum.

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Not sure I want to start a new thread for this.....but....ah......Any of you guys go to school for aircraft maintenance?
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:57 PM   #1833
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Not sure I want to start a new thread for this.....but....ah......Any of you guys go to school for aircraft maintenance?
Send Evil Genius a PM. He's been in A&P school for a while. I did mine in the 80's.

What kind of questions do you have?
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:07 PM   #1834
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I'm just looking for comments. I've been thinking of making a change for a while. I'm decent with a wrench and I like airplanes. Can't think of anything else that I'd want to do. At least something I'd need schooling for. I've been doing this factory crap for far too long.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:21 PM   #1835
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My wife has her A&P but had a hard time finding anyone who was hiring newbie A&Ps in the DFW area. This was 2008 and 2009.

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I'm just looking for comments. I've been thinking of making a change for a while. I'm decent with a wrench and I like airplanes. Can't think of anything else that I'd want to do. At least something I'd need schooling for. I've been doing this factory crap for far too long.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:28 PM   #1836
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I'm single and willing to move. The only thing holding me down is my dog and my bills. I can change one of those things.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:11 PM   #1837
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My wife has her A&P but had a hard time finding anyone who was hiring newbie A&Ps in the DFW area. This was 2008 and 2009.
I think until the economy gets better the best bet for new A&Ps is FBO/Gen Av type jobs.

The big companies are too scared to hire more folks unless they've got a big govt contract.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:18 PM   #1838
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She had tried the GA places at Denton, Addison, Meacham, and Northwest Regional without any luck. Business is probably better now than it was then, though.

I should add that she's in military pilot training now

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I think until the economy gets better the best bet for new A&Ps is FBO/Gen Av type jobs.

The big companies are too scared to hire more folks unless they've got a big govt contract.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:29 PM   #1839
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She had tried the GA places at Denton, Addison, Meacham, and Northwest Regional without any luck. Business is probably better now than it was then, though.

I should add that she's in military pilot training now

What's she training to fly?

I thought about going that rout, but I don't think I'd pass the physical requirements.

Blind with asthma.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:30 PM   #1840
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28 years experience in the industry speaking here. Nice place to break in - GA & FBO - but don't hang around there longer than you have to. The liability involved at the lower end of the industry is huge and I suggest that you head toward a larger regional or mainline carrier as soon and as fast as your little feet can carry you. Better aircraft, more parts, technical support, better pilots and all the little things that will keep your ass out of the sling.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:10 PM   #1841
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What's she training to fly?
She'll be starting ground school in a few weeks, but she won't find out her airframe for a few months after that. Everyone (fixed and rotary-wing) starts in the T-6. She wants helicopters, though. :-)

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I thought about going that rout, but I don't think I'd pass the physical requirements.

Blind with asthma.
Yeah, unfortunately not a chance--both are big DQ'rs. I have bad eyes working against me as well so I get to sit and watch.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:18 PM   #1842
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She'll be starting ground school in a few weeks, but she won't find out her airframe for a few months after that. Everyone (fixed and rotary-wing) starts in the T-6. She wants helicopters, though. :-)
Hell, I'd be happy just to fly the T-6!

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Yeah, unfortunately not a chance--both are big DQ'rs. I have bad eyes working against me as well so I get to sit and watch.
Yeah, the asthma's not really a factor for me unless the military has made cats standard issue for flight crew members.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:50 PM   #1843
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Hell, I'd be happy just to fly the T-6!
Me too! I see them (and the older Navy T-34s) flying around overhead all day long just to remind me that I can't do that.

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Yeah, the asthma's not really a factor for me unless the military has made cats standard issue for flight crew members.
Unfortunately if almost any hint of asthma comes up during your medical screenings, you'll have a hard time convincing them otherwise. No cats though.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:31 AM   #1844
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Tail Dragger I hate your guts
I have the license, ratings and such,
but to make you go straight is driving me nuts.
With hours of teaching and controls in my clutch
It takes a little rudder ó easy, thatís too much!
You see, I learned to fly in a tricycle gear
With one up front and two in the rear.
She was sleek and clean and easy to steer
But this miserable thing with tires and struts
Takes a little rudder ó easy, thatís too much!
It demands your attention on the takeoff roll,
Or it heads towards the boonies as you pour on the coal
Gotta hang loose, donít over control
This wicked little plane is just too much
With a lot of zigzagging and words obscene
I think Iíve mastered this slippery machine.
Itís not too bad if you have the touch
Just a little rudder ó easy, thatís too much!
I relax for a second and from the corner of my eye
I suddenly realize, with a gasp and a cry
Thatís my own tail thatís going by!
You ground looping wreck, I hate your guts
Give a little rudder ó Oh no, THATíS TOO MUCH
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:56 AM   #1845
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Tail Dragger I hate your guts
I have the license, ratings and such,
but to make you go straight is driving me nuts.
With hours of teaching and controls in my clutch
It takes a little rudder ó easy, thatís too much!
You see, I learned to fly in a tricycle gear
With one up front and two in the rear.
She was sleek and clean and easy to steer
But this miserable thing with tires and struts
Takes a little rudder ó easy, thatís too much!
It demands your attention on the takeoff roll,
Or it heads towards the boonies as you pour on the coal
Gotta hang loose, donít over control
This wicked little plane is just too much
With a lot of zigzagging and words obscene
I think Iíve mastered this slippery machine.
Itís not too bad if you have the touch
Just a little rudder ó easy, thatís too much!
I relax for a second and from the corner of my eye
I suddenly realize, with a gasp and a cry
Thatís my own tail thatís going by!
You ground looping wreck, I hate your guts
Give a little rudder ó Oh no, THATíS TOO MUCH
My son is just starting to show an interest in flying and our club offers lessons to kids in our Cub, Champ and Chief for $25 a lesson. Not only is it an incredible bargain, but learning to fly a taildragger from a short grass strip with a 70' obstacle at one end will make him a better pilot. None of the sloppy crosswind technique I see in a lot of people without tailwheel experience.
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