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Old 06-04-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Airframe and Powerplant License.

As it turns out, if I am to be able to go anywhere with my latest career move, I will need to obtain an A&P or Airframe and Powerplant license from the FAA.

Or at least the "A" part, for sure.

That would mean a sizable increase in pay, some degree of added security and doing work more interesting than what I am doing now.

It also means that I'm going to be a bit busy for the next 18 months or so.

I'll check on the status of ORR.net everyday like a good little admin, but as far as a lot of posts from me, likely not as much as usual. Just in case you're wondering where I'm at.

Wish me luck. At 55 years I ain't doing this for sport.
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"OUTSTANDING" Wade.

HOPE it all works out for you !
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Good Luck Wade! I'm sure you'll do well, as always.



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Old 06-05-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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Best of luck to you Wade. Getting an A & P ain't easy, but the rewards are there. Great career move.
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Observations from the Captains Seat, Airbus A320


1. Gee, there's a lot of stuff up here.
2. Half of the buttons I need to push are behind my head. Or the co-pilots head. Or hid someplace.
3. Most of the labels are really small, but they do light up.
4. I found the "lamp test" switch, which lights up everything! That helps find stuff.
5. The captains chair is very comfortable.
6. This airplane has joysticks. And that's no yoke.

and finally...

7. No two airplanes are alike. When I get this one learned, I start all over on the next one.

So....I guess I'm on my way.
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Just think of it as a ham radio...Look at all the buttons and knobs you can "fiddle" with
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Heck Wade, you'll be "CockPit Qualified" on the bird !
The A-380 is a "Glass House" , pretty much "Menu Driven" , Ain't puters just wonderful.
Thing's have come a long way from the first OLD by-wing "duster" I learned on.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:00 PM   #8
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Well, my feet are becoming accustomed to the hardness of the hangar floor and my knees are getting used to the idea of climbing up and down in and out of airplanes. This is a slow process.

My neck and shoulders, however, are not yet adapted to all the looking up that I am doing, up into wheelwells, up at wings, up and engines, up, up, and more up.

I just invested in some ibuprofen. The large count liquid-gel kind.

Some years ago I traded a moped to a chiropractor for a Panasonic massage chair. That thing has become my best friend these last few weeks.

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Aleve is good also ( if you don't have any tummy problems) , I can also recommend "Icey Hot" they make a "no smell" for all day as well !

I'd also suggest Dr. Scholes (sp?) gel insoles .
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I'd also suggest Dr. Scholes (sp?) gel insoles .
I am going to get some padding for my work boots. Not sure if gel soles will work, but something for sure.
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I am going to get some padding for my work boots. Not sure if gel soles will work, but something for sure.
I tried almost everything some worked for a while then tried the "GEL" , won't wear a pair of boots or leather shoes without them now !
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Just make sure you don't need to get padding for your...er... padded part, (You know, so it don't hurt so much when the boss kicks it)
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We have a fleet of 747-400's. They have been coming to the jet base here in Atlanta for something...I don't know what, but they get it done in one shift and off they go again.

No matter how many times you see one going by the open hangar doors, you still just have to stop and stare at it as it goes by.
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We've come a long way since "KITTY HAWK" !
"Flight Dynamics" is an amazing thing if you really stop to think about it , especially in the bigger birds (the "Heavy Lifters" ).
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I am going to get some padding for my work boots. Not sure if gel soles will work, but something for sure.
Wade:
You might give these a try also, not as pricey as the others but work well for me.
Got a pair several months ago but haden't used them till last week , seem to be doing quite well and not as heavy as the "GEL'S".

http://www.profootcare.com/p-2oz-miracle.html

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As it turns out, if I am to be able to go anywhere with my latest career move, I will need to obtain an A&P or Airframe and Powerplant license from the FAA.

Or at least the "A" part, for sure.

That would mean a sizable increase in pay, some degree of added security and doing work more interesting than what I am doing now.

It also means that I'm going to be a bit busy for the next 18 months or so.

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Wish me luck. At 55 years I ain't doing this for sport.
Wow! My Mom used to shop at the A&P, Dad always told her that afterwards she could go to the Y and sh**.

Good luck Wade, I hope you get the job!
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My Mom used to shop at the A&P
Mine too. I've heard, though, that A&P food stores have merged with Stop & Go food stores, and the result of the merger is the chain of stores called Stop & P.
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A real A&P test question:

A mechanic wants to put a barrel of used SkyDrol, weighing 120 pounds, into a 1998 Chevy 3/4 ton pickup. The tailgate is 3 ft off the hangar floor and 54" wide. He finds a board 9 ft long to use as a ramp. How much force, in pounds, will be required to push the barrel up the ramp?
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I'd roll it up, a lot easier than pushing it standing up.



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He must push it nine feet, doing the same work (providing the same energy) that he would use to lift 120 pounds three feet, which is 360 ft-lb. To do the same work in nine feet, the force (disregarding friction) along the ramp will be 40 pounds. That's too easy. Got any hard problems?

Skydrol is mean stuff. If it leaks, it'll take the paint right off the pickup bed.
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