UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2148 posts, RR: 10 Posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1366 times:
Well, I finally got around to getting signed off on my CRJ-200 taxi/run qualification. Of course the plane we used to train in took a crap before we even started an engine. Go figure. Now I have to start working on my BAE-146 run/taxi. That plane scares me though... Anyway, watch out if you are passing through ORD!
CRJ200Mechanic From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 204 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1280 times:
I got my run/taxi qual in Tulsa. Not as busy as ORD. I was still scared as all hell, the first time I did it though. The first time I ever ran the engines the APU over temp and shut down on me right in the middle of engine start. Boy, did I ever get a smoke ball out of that engine.
The first time I ever taxied by myself ( what I mean is I had my run ticket I was just in the left seat and in control) I had a hydraulic line blow on me. #1 system hydraulics disappeared and I was out on an active runway. It ended up taking the engine driven pump with it. Later investigation found the problem to be a simple hydraulic line clamp. There was one missing and the vibration finally got the best of the line. When the line blew the pump cavitated. It was a bad day. I ended up with skydrol in both eyes before that night was over.
Always remember the responsibilies you hold with an A&P license
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 1256 times:
I don't miss being taxi-qual. At all the commuter airlines I was qualed but being a sheetmetal mech at DL doesn't but me very near the seat. I never really liked taxi. To much stuff can go wrong, and it usually doesn't pay any extra.
Classic example; SYR, I'm instructing another mechanic so I'm sitting right seat in the Metro. At night we have to taxi from our hangar on the west end of the field down the less populated east end to do an engine run. Just after we pass the FBO at mid field I see some movement out to my right. I yell "BRAKES, Bambi 3 o'clock!" After we stop, we both gaze out at the two Whitetail Deer bouncing along at our right wingtip. After they went back into the woods we continued down to the runup area. What a mess that could have been. Mean while back at the hangar everyone else was just pushing a broom on smoking outback.
For the same wage I'd rater push a broom, than taxi. But anyways, Congrats, It is an important step, and once you get used to doing engine runs on a specific type aircraft you really get to understand how it works. Just watch out, those deer are very sneaky.
Wbmech From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
I choose not to be taxi qualified. It is not worth the risk at a busy airport like EWR. We do not get anything extra for it except other people's work and more responsibility. At a smaller less congested airport I would have no problem with taxiing. There are just too many frequency changes, sometime more than the radios can hold, so you are constantly talking to someone different with different instructions from each. Especially true on mx taxies where you are going against the flow of traffic.