By now most of you know I am a pilot, but perhaps you did not know that my son is an A&P mechanic. I guess I should use the correct terminology - An Aviation Maintenance Technician, or AMT. Chad went to Lansing Community College in Lansing, MI, and took the extra courses to get his Associates Degree as well.
Chad works on mainly DC-8 aircraft, but has been trained on Boeing 767s and is rebuilding a 1939 Piper J-3 Cub. It is interesting to talk with Chad because he is always encountering new problems with these older aircraft, and it takes a lot of ingenuity to figure it all out.
I was reading on the web site "Alliance for Aviation Across America" and came across an article about a young woman (She has been married for 26 years and has two grown children) who lost her job at a local car dealership. Being in Alabama near some aviation facilities, she recalled reading about a new program from the local community college to train AMTs.
So she enrolled, and is doing quite well, very happy with her choice in a new career. Starting pay is usually around $ 20/hour, and believe it or not there are still some jobs in aviation. She hopes to get a job with BAE systems when she graduates.
Let's not give up on aviation just yet. It is interesting that Obama loves to use the Presidential ride as often as he can while he bashes companies that use private business jets. Go figure.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
Firewall: (1) The part of the airplane specially designed to allow all heat and exhaust to enter the cockpit. (2) The act of pulling 69 inches of manifold pressure, out of an engine designed to pull 60.
— Bob Stevens, 'There I Was.'