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Fennywald 11-02-2011 06:33 PM

A & P License before i get out??
 
Anybody working military aviation get their A & P license or any kind of FCC certification? Is it worth it? I want to have something to fall back on if i decide to get out of the military. I love working on planes and would like to keep doing it if i do get out in the future.

RickerRicker19 11-03-2011 08:25 AM

Getting any kind of certs BEFORE you get out and using TA for it is a great idea. I'm personally a motor t bubba and I'm planning on getting my CDL certs class A with hazmat here in the next year or two so that I have something to fall back on.

Fennywald 11-03-2011 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by RickerRicker19 (Post 3969889)
Getting any kind of certs BEFORE you get out and using TA for it is a great idea. I'm personally a motor t bubba and I'm planning on getting my CDL certs class A with hazmat here in the next year or two so that I have something to fall back on.

Yea thats exactly my thinking, just so i have something to show besides my experience. Just wondering if anybody has any words of wisdom or advice from personal experience.

RickerRicker19 11-04-2011 07:47 AM

I've watched several of my friends do this when they got out and I stayed. I've encouraged all of my Marines to do the same. Some are doin ok, some have gotten hit by the depression/recession (whatever you want to call it....it sucks), and the better half took the school route. I'm getting out at 12. I've had enough of getting stuffed into a plane, ship, or tent lol. On top of that everyone I knew and enjoyed working with is getting out. I've still got friends but it's the ones that have stayed in another term and we bumped into each other time and time again. It's been good but that's my plan as it stands. Maybe I'll get staff here this year but I might not be in zone again.

Make sure you take advantage of seps/taps. A really good friend of mine is going through it right now and I quote "They practically throw money at you for education" so make sure you take notes, keep all your papers, and learn what you can.

Joben7726 11-04-2011 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Fennywald (Post 3966747)
Anybody working military aviation get their A & P license or any kind of FCC certification? Is it worth it? I want to have something to fall back on if i decide to get out of the military. I love working on planes and would like to keep doing it if i do get out in the future.

if you are interested in maybe getting a pilot's liscense, i can hook you up with a guy that knows alot of people, i work with him he has done 85-90% of the program, and the GI bill pays for it. just fyi. BC you already know so much from the navy, and i personally think it is tits...

Fennywald 11-04-2011 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Joben7726 (Post 3975910)
if you are interested in maybe getting a pilot's liscense, i can hook you up with a guy that knows alot of people, i work with him he has done 85-90% of the program, and the GI bill pays for it. just fyi. BC you already know so much from the navy, and i personally think it is tits...

Haha that is interesting and i did get an hour of flight time while i was on one of my airshow dets. I think i only would need 30 something more hours for a personal license. I liked flying, but i think i might stick to working on them for a while lol.

Joben7726 11-04-2011 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Fennywald (Post 3976148)
Haha that is interesting and i did get an hour of flight time while i was on one of my airshow dets. I think i only would need 30 something more hours for a personal license. I liked flying, but i think i might stick to working on them for a while lol.

Flying is better than working...

Fennywald 11-04-2011 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Joben7726 (Post 3977964)
Flying is better than working...

Agreed, but i wouldn't have to worry about crashing :)

marine6174 11-27-2011 08:49 PM

well first, depending on whether you want just the airframes, just the powerplants or both. Airframes requires a minimum of 18 months, powerplants is the same but if you want both it is a combined 30 months. Then to obtain your authorization slips to actually take the tests you must fill out two copies of the 8610-2 Airman Certification and/or Rating Application Form (available on the faa.gov website). Take those to your nearest FAA maintenance inpector along with your training jacket and he or she will perform an interview with you ensuring that you have the mental competency to work on aircraft. They will then decide if you can do your written, oral and practical exams or if you require additional training before you take the tests. There is also Bakers School of Aeronautics in Nashville, TN that guarantees you a pass in the A&P tests but it's around a $1500.00 cost. I've been looking into this for a while and is something I am definitely going to have in my hands before I EAS since i have already had multiple job offers starting at 6 figures a year once I have my A&P license. Any other questions, just call your FAA inspector and ask them or they can direct you to someone who can.

Fennywald 01-10-2012 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by marine6174 (Post 4097190)
well first, depending on whether you want just the airframes, just the powerplants or both. Airframes requires a minimum of 18 months, powerplants is the same but if you want both it is a combined 30 months. Then to obtain your authorization slips to actually take the tests you must fill out two copies of the 8610-2 Airman Certification and/or Rating Application Form (available on the faa.gov website). Take those to your nearest FAA maintenance inpector along with your training jacket and he or she will perform an interview with you ensuring that you have the mental competency to work on aircraft. They will then decide if you can do your written, oral and practical exams or if you require additional training before you take the tests. There is also Bakers School of Aeronautics in Nashville, TN that guarantees you a pass in the A&P tests but it's around a $1500.00 cost. I've been looking into this for a while and is something I am definitely going to have in my hands before I EAS since i have already had multiple job offers starting at 6 figures a year once I have my A&P license. Any other questions, just call your FAA inspector and ask them or they can direct you to someone who can.

Thanks for the info!

Taco Gunner 01-11-2012 04:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Fennywald (Post 3978000)
Agreed, but i wouldn't have to worry about crashing :)

If you worked on it and it crashes, you will have to worry!! ;)

Get it before you get out...should be much easier to do.

Twizter68 01-17-2012 01:03 AM

Take it from an old Airframer who DIDN'T get it before he got out...GET IT! MAJOR difference in $$.

Fennywald 01-25-2012 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Taco Gunner (Post 4337624)
If you worked on it and it crashes, you will have to worry!! ;)

Get it before you get out...should be much easier to do.

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Originally Posted by Twizter68 (Post 4373082)
Take it from an old Airframer who DIDN'T get it before he got out...GET IT! MAJOR difference in $$.

Thanks for the advice, still in proccess of trying to find a facility near me that does the testing.

Twizter68 01-25-2012 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Fennywald (Post 4432453)
Thanks for the advice, still in proccess of trying to find a facility near me that does the testing.

Call the Richmond FAA office, they have a list of approved proctors.

junior07 02-21-2012 02:57 PM

Theres a college not to far from me that offers A&P and they have things set up next month that I was going to go to but can't since I'll be out doing some training in Cali. Doing the A&P is a great idea also getting out with CDI quals and any and all GSE quals you can will also make it that much better. I planned on starting the A&P classes here but will have to wait and see what is offered at my next duty station unless I can do some really long distance courses with the college here

tostidos 02-21-2012 03:02 PM

Yes A & P is worth it! I have mine and paid over 20k for the schooling.If you can get it out of the military its well worth it! especially if you can catch on a contracting gig its well worth it :) ask me how i know :)

Fennywald 02-21-2012 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by junior07 (Post 4604833)
Theres a college not to far from me that offers A&P and they have things set up next month that I was going to go to but can't since I'll be out doing some training in Cali. Doing the A&P is a great idea also getting out with CDI quals and any and all GSE quals you can will also make it that much better. I planned on starting the A&P classes here but will have to wait and see what is offered at my next duty station unless I can do some really long distance courses with the college here

Yea already have all the quals i can possibly get for my rank and workcenter and then some... :cool: Just wondering how thats going to translate to a civilian job when i get out or whether i can put those on a resume or something :notsure:

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Originally Posted by Twizter68 (Post 4434448)
Call the Richmond FAA office, they have a list of approved proctors.

Will do, thanks Mims!

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Originally Posted by tostidos (Post 4604864)
Yes A & P is worth it! I have mine and paid over 20k for the schooling.If you can get it out of the military its well worth it! especially if you can catch on a contracting gig its well worth it :) ask me how i know :)

Cool, thats exactly what i'm trying to do. Just trying to see if there's a school closer than richmond..

Twizter68 02-21-2012 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Fennywald (Post 4605540)
Yea already have all the quals i can possibly get for my rank and workcenter and then some... :cool: Just wondering how thats going to translate to a civilian job when i get out or whether i can put those on a resume or something :notsure:

Yes, those quals look good on a resume; I got hired after one phone interview with the company I work for...sight unseen. They took a look at my quals, certs, knoledge, skills, and abilities, and snapped me up. And I have worked out quite well for them, if I may say so myself!


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Originally Posted by Fennywald
Will do, thanks Mims!

NP, that's what Shipmates are for! (For those of you wondering, we were in a squadron together)


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Originally Posted by Fennywald
Cool, thats exactly what i'm trying to do. Just trying to see if there's a school closer than richmond..

There is one somewhere in Hampton Roads, they come out to CNATTU all the time....

Joben7726 02-22-2012 05:13 AM

friggin airdales :jerkoff:

:laugh:

bizjettech 02-22-2012 05:22 AM

If you want a job maintaining aircraft when you leave the military, you will need an A&P so I would get it if you can. I have been working as an A&P IA for 27 years now. There is going to be a real need for A&P's starting now due to a shortage in the industry, but you will need the FAA A&P to get a good job.


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