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Old 07-07-2019, 10:00 AM   #61  
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I was a mechanic in the Army, worked in the trade for years after. Now work as a pilot. It is a fine trade with a lot of good people in it. I still run into guys I worked with over 2 decades ago who are still employed and happy with it, many making into six figures.
Kevbo sounds like someone full of sour grapes.
Those who work at the large overhaul facilities have a job similar to factory work, doing tasks from work cards which can be tedious. Others work on live aircraft between flights which requires troubleshooting and a fix or MEL. I also spent some time as a mechanic who flew on the aircraft (they were old) in order to take care of anything that may come up.
Mechanics are not a different class of people than pilots, they just do a different job. Many worked carss. motorcycles or other equipment growing up and have a knack and love of working with their hands.
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:00 AM   #62  
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I was a mechanic in the Army, worked in the trade for years after. Now work as a pilot. It is a fine trade with a lot of good people in it. I still run into guys I worked with over 2 decades ago who are still employed and happy with it, many making into six figures.
Kevbo sounds like someone full of sour grapes.
Those who work at the large overhaul facilities have a job similar to factory work, doing tasks from work cards which can be tedious. Others work on live aircraft between flights which requires troubleshooting and a fix or MEL. I also spent some time as a mechanic who flew on the aircraft (they were old) in order to take care of anything that may come up.
Mechanics are not a different class of people than pilots, they just do a different job. Many worked carss. motorcycles or other equipment growing up and have a knack and love of working with their hands.
There's definitely some venn diagram overlap between pilots and mechanics. I'd be right in the middle of that. But there are outliers in both camps who wouldn't fit in the other.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:33 AM   #63  
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There's definitely some venn diagram overlap between pilots and mechanics. I'd be right in the middle of that. But there are outliers in both camps who wouldn't fit in the other.
There may be a small overlap in culture between the upper mechanics and lower pilots. The level of skill required to get an instrument rating far exceeds anything that a mechanic has to demonstrate.
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