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Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by tostidos, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Feb 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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    tostidos

    tostidos [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My name is Chris, I'm 23 and been in aviation since I was 17, and a Licensed Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for the past 5 years. Ive worked mostly on Citation Business Jets and Predator UAVs.

    I thought I would create a thread looking to answer any questions about aviation. if you are in the aviation field you have a very different perspective of aviation than a normal commercial airline passenger. Hopefully this thread will give people more peace of mind the next time they board an aircraft.

    I am no expert but I can answer a lot of basic questions and If I don't know the answer I will try to find out or someone else can chime in if they know.

    ASK AWAY!
     
  2. Feb 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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  3. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    *crickets*
     
  4. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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    TheGrinch

    TheGrinch Cheese Head.

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    Its so confusing I don't even know what to ask
     
  5. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    It seems confusing but they really arent! They are just intimidating before you get to know them.
     
  6. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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    Btnewman Benjamin Newman

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    what do you know about turbines? or micro turbines such as turbines used in rc type aircraft? what bout 2 stage turbines?
     
  7. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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    i actually work in the parts department of a maintenance facility right now lol
     
  8. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM
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    What would you like to know? I worked mostly on Pratt and Whitney 545B model engines. And i know nothing of the micro/rc engines. but they do follow a common theory. suck, squeeze, bang, blow.
     
  9. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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  10. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:22 AM
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    BenMara Asian RedNeck

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    Is the aviation maint industry going to pick up for mechs with no experience?
    I have an A&P but work in aviation manufacturing as a floor monkey, unlike everyone else there i have an education.
     
  11. Feb 25, 2012 at 4:36 AM
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    HID head lights, fagtech coil overs and an AAL, gay ass 2 inch body lift (soon to be removed) taneau cover, k&n intake, soon to have an axle swap with a E locker
    its all about where and how much effort you put into getting your resume out there. there are lots of school only friendly companys...cessna being one or northrop grumman being another...just got to make it happen for yourself.
    as far as work is concerned yes there is jobs in the DOD realm but not much on the FAA civilian realm...
     
  12. Feb 25, 2012 at 4:40 AM
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    HID head lights, fagtech coil overs and an AAL, gay ass 2 inch body lift (soon to be removed) taneau cover, k&n intake, soon to have an axle swap with a E locker
    rc engines are not axial flow like the picture above. they are centrifugal flow..i myself do not know much about centrifugal flow engines but that they are easier to maintain and run.
    [​IMG]

    there is one true axial flow 5 stage rc engine. goggle it. i believe jaguar is using it as a generator for there new hybrid design car.
    here it is next to a pencil
    [​IMG]

    OP you work for general atomics? im a b-2 systems mechanic for Northrop Grumman
     
  13. Feb 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM
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    I have 27 years experience, DOM, SR Tech, Field Service Rep, Flight Engineer,
    Gulfstream III, IV, 450, 550, Falcon 50, 900EX Easy, Bombardier CL300, Global Express, King Air 200, 300, 350, PC12, TBM850. Certified aircraft accident investigator, Gulfstream Master Technician A&P IA

    ASK AWAY!
     
  14. Feb 27, 2012 at 1:03 AM
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    What is prop wash and wing walk? :D
     
  15. Feb 27, 2012 at 1:09 AM
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    i just used a gallon of prop wash and a 100 feet of flight line:D
     
  16. Feb 27, 2012 at 1:15 AM
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    can you fetch the wire stretcher
     
  17. Feb 27, 2012 at 1:25 AM
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    :D You bastards were right there...how many of those did you fall for when you first started?
     
  18. Feb 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM
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    [​IMG] whats the best grease for this fitting?

    elbow lol

    :D
     
  19. Feb 27, 2012 at 3:19 AM
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    OP, how did you get involved in working on Predetors? Im currently USAF hydraulics specialist. Have 3 years left on my second contract and undecided about staying in. Wouldnt mind finding out what the civilain world has to offer.
     
  20. Feb 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM
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    Nothing major or fancy. Just stuff to make it work better for me.
    Pilot writing on Bitch Sheet..."Right main gear tire almost needs replaced."

    Mechanic notation..."Almost replaced right main gear tire".

    Keep wrenching, guys. You stay up late so we don't have to. :)
     
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