Aircraft Component Repair Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I start my career as an aircraft mechanic?
I am currently a sophomore in high school and I am strongly considering a career as an aircraft mechanic. I have loved aviation since I was in elementary school. There is a small airport in my county which controls private jets, and propeller aircraft. They offer pilot training, skydiving, transportation, and repair services for aircraft. It is my dream to be a mechanic for a major international airport about an hour away from my current home. I was wondering what classes I should take in high school? Should I start out working at the small airport, and what are the chances of them hiring me? What other steps should I take to be an aircraft mechanic for an airline at a major airport?
Take all the shop type classes you can get in school. Auto body and metalworking could help. You’ll need a bit of math too, but if you can operate a pocket calculator and work out a few simple formulas, you’ll get by. If you can score a part-time job working at the local airport while you’re still in school, that would be awesome!
If you want to work for a regional or major airline, you’ll need to go to school and earn an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certificate. If you can find a local or regional community college with an aviation maintenance program, that would be your best bet. It’ll take 18 months to two years of full-time college classes to earn an A&P, but that’s the fastest way to get fully qualified for that airline job.
What is “serialized” and ”hard time”’ components of an aircraft?
Which of these components has limited service life and which can be repaired?
A serialized component has its own serial number. Typically it can be overhauled, rebuilt, repaired, etc., as necessary.
A hard time limit is a limit that requires a component to be retired after it has been in service for a certain period of time, no matter what its condition. This can be compared with something like condition monitoring, in which a component is periodically inspected or tested and is replaced when its condition has deteriorated to a certain point.
A hard time limit could be imposed for a component that is serialized, but usually something that merits a serial number also can be maintained in a way that safely extends its service life. An engine might be serialized and periodically overhauled to restore it to more-or-less new condition; a simple component like a bumper or washer or something would not have a serial number and would simply be replaced when the hard time limit or limiting condition is reached.
About the A320 that landed on the Hudson River?
What will happen to this aircraft, will it be made a ‘write off’ or will it be repaired and be brought back into service?
Thanks everybody for all the great answers, I must confess, I never give it a thought that Airbus and the FAA would want to test everything which of course is the logical answer, maybe I should put my brain in gear before I ask another question.
Generally that decision can only be made after extensive inspection. Victor has a good thought though, Airbus could be interested in it for exhaustive and destructive tests (as opposed to NDT) to get a full understanding of molecular metallurgy and stress reaction.
Repost: White Racial Joke 4: Taking Land?
.. your stall warning plays “Dixie.”
… your cross-country flight plan uses flea markets as check points.
… you think sectionals charts should show trailer parks.
… you’ve ever used moonshine as avgas.
… you have mud flaps on your wheel pants.
… you think GPS stands for going perfectly straight.
… your toothpick keeps poking your mike.
… you constantly confuse Beechcraft with Beechnut.
… just before impact, you are heard saying, “Hey y’all, watch this!”
… you have a black airplane with a big #3 on the side.
… you’ve ever just taxied around the airport drinking beer.
… you use a Purina feed bag for a windsock.
… you fuel your wizzbang 140 from a Mason jar.
… you wouldn’t be caught dead flyin’ a Grumman “Yankee.”
… you refer to flying in formation as “We got ourselves a convoy!”
… there is a sign on the side of your aircraft advertising your septic tank service.
… when you are the owner of Red Neck Airlines and pilot of Redneck One.
… you subscribe to The Southern Aviator because of the soft paper!
… you have ever incorporated sheetrock into the repair of your aircraft.
… you have ever responded to ATC with the phrase “That’s a big 10-4!”
… you typically answer female controllers with titles like “sugar” or “little darlin’.”
… she responds with the words “Honey” or “Big guy” then she may be a redneck.
… you have ever used a relief tube as a spitoon.
… you glance down at your belt buckle to help you remember your N-number.
… you have ever tried to impress your girlfriend by buzzing her doublewide.
… the preprinted portion of your weight and balance sheet contains “Case of Bud.”
… your go/no-go checklist includes the words “Skoal” or “Redman.”
5 days ago
Ya might be a Redneck if…..
…You think the nutcracker is somethin you did off the high dive.
…You wont stop at a rest area if you have a empty beer can in the car.
…You think Iraq is top-of-the-line Camaro.
…Your spring wardrabe mostly involves scissors.
…you know atleast 6 ways to bend a baseball cap.
…you own a lava lamp thats over 5 feet tall.
…there are more than 10 cats livin under your trailer.
…you’ve ever thrown up in a squad car.
…your frist bra was a Wonderbra.
…you’ve ever had to appear in court due to your dogs.
…You think Thunderbird is an acceptable wine choice with a bean burrito.
…your grandma enters wet t-shrit contests.
…your local grocery store also has a few pool tables.
…your septic tank is the subject of a petition.
…you have ever tried to use food stamps to mail a watermelon.
…you had to hitchhike on your honeymoon.
…your car and its motor are more than ten feet apart.
5 days ago
…your brother-in-law is also your uncle.
…you sent out birth announcements for your new puppies.
…you’ve changed a diaper on a Denny’s table.
…you’ve ever named a child for a good dog.
…your T.V. is on 24-7.
…your last keg party included a couple of 911 calls.
…you have to mow around a refridgeator and a bed frame.
…you’ve ever taken a date flowers you stole from a cemetery.
…Everyone in the house learns somthing from the potty training videotape.
…Diners change tables when your family sits near them.
…your prom dress was knitted.
…you were born with a plastic spoon in your mouth.
…your bridal veil was made of window screen.
…you think people who have elictricty are uppity.
…your college graduation ceremony includes parallel parking an 18-wheeler.
5 days ago
…the Marlboro man is your idol.
…all your golf balls come in egg cartons
Asian Jokes huh?
hmmm. I’ll get on that
Well, I see muh ceekret can’t las loooooong; so if I cop out I’ll do less time right? Bwaaaaa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Hey but I ain’t guilty of all jus SOME! LMFAOOOOOOOOOO Good un!
How do I get a civilan job that matches my military job?
So I am getting out of the air force soon…I dont want to re-enlisht..but i like my job..So i want to do it in the civilain world. I am an A.G.E mech (aerospace ground equipment) and i work on generators and hydraulic carts, etc..that service aircraft when it’s being tested and repaired..
SO i really want to get a job doing this at my local air port..but i have no idea how to go about doing this or what Im in for…help?
Have you gone through TAPS yet? TAPS is extremely informative. They will review your resume, sometimes even help you write it, and show you how to go about job hunting. The Family Support Center should have monthly classes on resume writing, job interviews, dressing for success, etc.
You can look for jobs on local airline or airport sites and you can also try the GS world by looking into www.usajobs.gov, www.opm.gov, or www.faa.gov.
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