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Spooling up...

Posted 02-12-2015 at 07:51 AM by MaverickSawyer

Well, the first four weeks of A&P training have flown past (pun intended), and my group has completed our first project: "overhauling" an old Continental A65 engine. Overhauling in this case means finding out what would need to be replaced and creating a parts list before reassembling the engine with the existing parts, even though it's nowhere near airworthy. I'll admit, it was an interesting and challenging task. Lots of repeated measurements with micrometers, ball gauges, T-gauges,...
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And so begins the Great Adventure...

Posted 01-20-2015 at 04:13 PM by MaverickSawyer

Ugh. Back to school again?

Oh, wait. Today's the first day of the A&P program.

It took a little longer than I would have liked (due to class sizes and a lottery system to get in in the fall), but today I start my training to become an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic.
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Back to school...

Posted 06-09-2014 at 05:26 AM by MaverickSawyer

Well, after a year's hiatus, I'm headed back to college tomorrow afternoon. It's a two week course intended to be an introduction to the field of Airframe and Powerplant maintenance. If I stick with the program, I'll spend two years learning how to fix planes and their engines, then come out of the program with all I need to take the FAA exam, and should I pass that, I'll be able to start working on planes (or rockets, should I choose to take that route.)

To be honest, I'm a...
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Beneath The Wing, Part 6: Walk The Line

Posted 08-08-2013 at 05:54 PM by MaverickSawyer

Part 6: Walk The Line

No, not the Johnny Cash song. This post is about the “wingwalker” tasks during arrival and departure. And, no, that doesn’t mean I got to walk on the actual wing. (Although that would have been cool. )

So, why do you need to have people at the wingtips during arrival and pushback? Simple: the pilots can’t see anything behind them. Therefor, in order to prevent the aircraft from banging into things like light poles, baggage carts, or other...
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Part 5: Bags and Tags

Posted 05-13-2013 at 04:56 PM by MaverickSawyer

Before I begin, I want to say that this may be the last one for a while, as I have a couple of real-life situations that are going to come to a nexus here in the next month or so, and I'm going to be going through some pretty dramatic changes in my life. I'll continue to post continuations of the series as I find time.


Beneath The Wing, Part 5: Bags and Tags.

Next time you fly with an airline, don't just cut off that little strip of paper and plastic that got...
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