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Pilots And Mechs: Best And Worst Days At Work?  
User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5614 times:

inspired by the current thread on aircraft mechanics careers, people speaking about their jobs, i was just wondering if any days stick out in any of your minds as your best and worst days at work?

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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5613 times:

Ok well when i was on work experience (and then hanging around) at my flight school the worst was finding out that one of our aircrafts had crashed at leicester on a Cross country solo (complete pilot error tried to go round on 40' flap in a cessna 152) and the best was us all flying down to france for a day (Le touquet) Awesome flight 2 hours in the cessnas and 1 hour in the seneca!!

Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5610 times:

The worst day at work for me was the day that flt 261 crashed i had seen the a/c before it left and seen the flt crew the day before.The best day at work for me is any day we have no write ups. airplane 

User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

Worst night so far was the night my lead made me change a door seal at night with the temp near freezing. I learned, when the morning shift arrived, that the seal didn't need to be changed at all.

Best night was when I got to ride jumpseat for a 1.5 hour mx test flight. I learned some things from the pilots and they learned some things from me.



Fighting Absurdity with Absurdity!
User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3087 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5577 times:

Changing a Dart engine on a HS748in the dead of winter in Hall beach(in the arctic)...outside........

Working on a 8 stage bleed air leak in a B727 pylon un YUL and getting it fixed....The as we are walking away the fucking airplane springs a bad hydraulic leak in the belly.......Turned into a 32 hour day in 32c heat and humidity


Many good days...


GS



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5544 times:

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 1):
Ok well when i was on work experience (and then hanging around) at my flight school the worst was finding out that one of our aircrafts had crashed at leicester on a Cross country solo (complete pilot error tried to go round on 40' flap in a cessna 152)

Just trying to understand what happened here since you indicated that the cause of the accident was the pilot going around when he had full flaps. Most go-arounds start with full flaps. Did he pitch too high and stall or take all of his flaps out at once?


User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

Quoting FSPilot747 (Reply 5):
FSPilot747

Neither he tried to pull back forgot full power so he lowered the nose to the ground put on full power then went back up the nose then lowered dont know why which meant the prop hit the runway with full power, he kept going then prop sheared off and flew off, he then kept going not braking for some reason then at the end of the runway (the longest one at leicester) he still had enough momentum to lift it out of the runway over a hedge and 50 Metres into the next field. He survived, mashed up face and a few snapped ribs extremely lucky if he was in the right seat he'd of been killed

Rgds --JAmes--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineMXSUP From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

Worst day: 3 aircraft running behind due to weather, including a heavy "A" check with plenty of scheduled work. They get in, ramp hits one aircraft with a tug and doesnt let us know (we found damage when it got to the hangar), same aircraft we have FOD damage #1 engine and fan blades to blend out.

Best day: Everything going smooth, no AOG's, all aircraft running ontime. No mechanics coming into my office whining about vac/sick/day trades, or something there fellow mechanic has done.


User currently offlineCharlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1133 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5419 times:

How about the day that everything you touch goes great,troubleshooting is spot-on,everythingyou work on goes perfect,your estimated returns to service are exact,you feel like "Mechanic of the year",the next day aw crap,nothing goes right you drop tools or hardware into some kind of abyss,nothing turns out right your times are off,you have ten thumbs...ouch. On the more serious side,it is a bad day if one of your ac crashes,a flood of thoughts do go through your mind.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5371 times:

The Best Day is Every Day I get to work on the Job I Love & they pay me for it.Snags or no snags.
The Worst....When you try 100% working Non stop over 24hrs to rectify a Snag in Rain & yet things don't work out.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineMX757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 628 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 5188 times:

Wost day at work: Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001.

Best day at work: There are many I can think of but one of the better ones was the last guy laid off after 9/11 was recalled back to work.



Is it broke...? Yeah I'll fix it.
User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 5169 times:

Best day at work, having a job that does not involve skydrol. Worst day, having a job that involves skydrol.  Wink

User currently offlineMesaMXORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 3):
that the seal didn't need to be changed at all.

I have done the same thing! I even told and pointed out the Pax Door Seal Striker Damage (when the rampies close the door with the pins out) was the whistling noise in flight but they made me change that stupid thing. Whole lot of rubber and a whole lot of silicone.

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 11):
Best day at work, having a job that does not involve skydrol. Worst day, having a job that involves skydrol.

The worst is when you forget you were working with the skydrol and its hot as S$%# and you wipe you eyes. Ouch. How about Fuel tanks? anyone?


Best day... No write-ups and you can get through a season of Family Guy, or South Park or buy stuff on E-bay

Bad day.... MX on the Crj-200 #2 engine in the winter. With the #2 engine cowls blocking the exhaust you cant start the APU and you freeze your a@@ off. If you are on the #1 engine or anywhere else on the plane you just step in the exhaust stream and warm up when you cant feel you legs,arms,etc..!


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5085 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 11):
Worst day, having a job that involves skydrol


Amazing...The Fear this Can has Installed in AMTs/AMEs worldwide.I'll Always remember to Wash my Hands well before going for a Pee after working with Skydrol.  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5057 times:

Its always a good day when you watch the aircraft make its first test flight after you've had it in the hangar for months whilst giving it some major modifications. The aircraft has been stripped apart into so many pieces but its all back together, tested and safe to fly.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4930 times:

Quoting Saintsman (Reply 14):
Its always a good day when you watch the aircraft make its first test flight after you've had it in the hangar for months whilst giving it some major modifications.

When it returns with "NIL" Snags post Test Flight, then Its an Excellent Day.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineLucky42 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4924 times:

Hey Mesa...How would you like to be on the #2 engine on the DC-10 in the winter? ...Atleast you were close to the ground. Anyway you stack it working on anything in the winter sucks...My worst day....getting laid off for 18 months with 16 yrs seniority then getting recalled back for 6 months then going on strike and NEVER coming back......

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

Quoting Lucky42 (Reply 16):
My worst day....getting laid off for 18 months with 16 yrs seniority then getting recalled back for 6 months then going on strike and NEVER coming back

So What do you do Now.Out of Aviation or In Aviation at another place.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4880 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
Amazing...The Fear this Can has Installed in AMTs/AMEs worldwide.I'll Always remember to Wash my Hands well before going for a Pee after working with Skydrol.

When I work with skydrol I always make it a point to wear nitrite gloves. Even though you lose a bit of "feal" for the job you are doing it sure beats getting that suff on your hands. What amazes me that quite a few of my co-workers don't bother with gloves and handle skydrol filled components with their bare hands!


User currently offlineCharlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1133 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

#2 engine on the DC10 seems to be the only engine that breaks! I guess I'm one of the guilty parties that doesn't glove up with Skydrol,don't know why,but it's just been my bad habit!

User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2615 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4854 times:

Working inside the vertical of a 727. We had to go in and do a clearance check at all the rib to stringer connections. It was hot, tight, and covered with a light coat of skydrol that had over the years leaked down from the horizontal stab. I always wondered how some guys got it done so quick.

User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4843 times:

Worst ever day was in 2001 when I saw the crew of the Avro that crashed about 3 hours before the crash occurred. I was working for Crossair at the time.

There is never a good time for an accident ever. But this one was particularly badly timed. Things were not going well for us and this just added to the problems. That in addition to the terrible tragedy that it was.

Best day would probably be my first day flying at my current company. Had a great training captain who made me feel at ease and really helped my start flying the RJ out of ORD. I immediately felt at home there and with this company. That has since changed a lot unfortunately, but it felt good while we had a domicile in ORD.



smrtrthnu
User currently offlinePanman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Aug 1999, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

Worst day:
Changing toilet filters on a 757. Took out this one filter which had something brown, hairy and about 4 foot long clinging to it. Smelt foul. It took all my strength not to cough up my guts - it was that bad.

Best day:
Years ago when I still worked on light aircraft. Completed my first star annual (heavy maintenance check just before CofA renewal - done every three years here in the UK) where I did all of the work myself, airframe and engine. Test pilot invited me up for the flight test. The feeling of pride I had as the aircraft got airborne.......priceless. Imagine, she was looking like shit only a couple of weeks back.

I don't know what the fuss about skydrol is. I get it on my skin, it doesn't burn or have any other adverse reaction. Got it in the eye twice. Hurt like hell for what? 2 minutes? And that was it. Likewise why people wimp out over avgas/avtur. Had mouthfuls of each (avgas: I was siphoning some out of the tank on a Beech Baron - sucked too hard and got a mouthful; Avtur: doing a fuel sample on a 767 with my mouth open - bastard valve stuck open.).


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4755 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 18):
What amazes me that quite a few of my co-workers don't bother with gloves and handle skydrol filled components with their bare hands

Once Worked on Check C in MWW with Cotton gloves [Big mistake],After my Right hand was soaked with Skydrol during those 24hrs of continous work on Hydraulics.The Skin on My Palm started Flaking out.Looked weird for the next Forthnight.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineMesaMXORD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4690 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
Wash my Hands well before going for a Pee after working with Skydrol.

Man I was in the locker room when a guy forgot to do this. Boy did I LMAO

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 18):
What amazes me that quite a few of my co-workers don't bother with gloves and handle skydrol filled components with their bare hands!



Quoting Panman (Reply 22):
I don't know what the fuss about skydrol is. I get it on my skin, it doesn't burn or have any other adverse reaction.

I was working in the Aft Equipment Bay in A CRJ-200 on the LH pack when the #1 HYD blew a hole and covered me in it. We were on the line and I couldnt find any castor oil (really couldnt see )so I had to go inside the terminal to MC D's at F2 here in ORD and get one of those little bottles of milk to stop the pain........Bad Day

Quoting Lucky42 (Reply 16):
Hey Mesa...How would you like to be on the #2 engine on the DC-10 in the winter

That is one Patio I would not like to be on. And on a side note everyone I know that worked on DC-10's say they didnt know it even HAD anyother engine besides #2.


25 Lucky42 : Well Mesa I guess you do know something about the #2 engine on the DC-10 The patio was a nice touch..Touche'
26 Post contains images HAWK21M : Read the Warnings/Cautions well. Remember The Stink of LD4 & ATF never leave you for quite some time. regds MEL
27 Charlienorth : The other thing that surprised me about the aft end of a DC10 is how high you could keep climbing.ladders kept going up and up!
28 Kaddyuk : My worst day would have to be the day that I was tasked to stick Modification Status plates to every J Class seat in the cabin (of 45) with one other
29 Post contains images Matt72033 : i did that exact same job
30 Dougloid : There were a lot of those days for me when I worked for an FBO in Michigan...One of the customers pranged his Conquest on the run in to. St. Charles
31 Post contains images HAWK21M : My 1st job was Split pinning Pax Seat belts aft end hooks so that they don't get released.On a B737 took me 3 hrs. regds MEL
32 Panman : On a 737? PAH!! When you've done it on an A300-600 come chat. I suppose the 747 guys will be coming to tell me to sit down in a minute. PANMAN
33 A/c train : try manufacturing insulation for all the door surrounds for 12 days non stop, or cleaning floor beams with MEK for corrosion inspection, cleaning ever
34 Matt72033 : ive done that on a 340-600 on my own, not fun!
35 Post contains images HAWK21M : I complained that I had one shoe.Until I seen a Man that had one Foot How long did you folks take. regds MEL
36 Matt72033 : i was referring to the life jacket one....i didnt actually have 2 fit them all just remove them, check the date of expiry and refit them......took me
37 Post contains images Aogdesk : Wow!! I think you're the exception to the rule. Last time I had it in my eyes it burned like hell for a good 45 minutes. I could see well enough to c
38 Post contains images L-188 : The day this happened at work was a bad day. I came in about 10 hours after it happened....everybody had a long face.
39 Dougloid : Great photo...I'm sure it was expensive to fix.
40 L-188 : It wasn't. It ended up off the side of the runway. During the cource of the salvage, a chop saw lit the fuselauge up. Sad part was that at the time o
41 2H4 : Amazing that the photographer just happened to be in that exact spot on that exact day, at that exact moment. 2H4
42 Aogdesk : Amazing pic, at the time it was taken, the blade rotating past 12 o'clock wasn't bent yet while the other was well into its introduction with the runw
43 L-188 : Actually it isn't.....the photographer was the guy that was there to meet the plane.
44 2H4 : Ahhhhhhh....that makes sense. : ) 2H4
45 L-188 : Yeah, it is an interesting experience when you land in an airplane and the whole town shows up to watch the landing because it is the biggest thing t
46 HAWK21M : I don't know if you guys experienced it.But I sure can tell by the Surrounding & Noise on Reporting for Duty if something bad has occured on the Airp
47 Dougloid : On looking at the photo a little more closely, it is a classic Merlin MLG collapse. The Metroliners were famous for this gambit, and I worked on sever
48 Panman : They do here at work already.
49 Dougloid : On looking further I see that the right gear leg is folding up bass ackwards. Any idea what caused this failure? I've worked on a few Merlins and Metr
50 Post contains images Skidmarks : One of the worst days was a simple oil cooler leak on a Puma right hand engine in Rideau. Hot, sweaty and upside down! Best bit after that was flying
51 Dougloid : Now that you mention it one of my better days was a road trip to Edwards AFB to fix a Hawker with an engine that wouldn't regulate oil pressure. I go
52 Post contains links L-188 : Give you a hint.....those orange cones are the TDZ markers. 3000ft gravel strip, no visual aids, no lights, no on field weather. http://www.ntsb.gov/
53 Panman : Only problem there L-188, is that you sure as hell were not quoting me in reply 48. pAnmAn
54 JarheadK5 : Too many days qualify for "worst day ever" status, so I'll pick a random one: - Changing fuel feed line breakaway valves in the main tanks of a CH-53E
55 DALMD88 : Somebody had to bring up the Metro. For a small airplane it was capable of a lot of crap jobs. My first FCU change on one was cold rainy fall night in
56 2H4 : One of my best days occured during primary training. I was planning on going up for some pattern work on a fine summer day, when an old, senior instr
57 Post contains images HAWK21M : A Snag would be a Good day & an Incident a Bad Day Comparatively regds MEL
58 Yikes! : Omigod... I must know you. Buffy
59 ReidYYZ : Also not being a fan of LD4, personally, my dislike of jetA1 outweighs it. Not by much mind you, but enough. There is nothing like going into your gar
60 Post contains images HAWK21M : Working with LD4/Lubricating Oil & on a very heavy rainy day trying to clear an AOG when the Top brass gives you a call on the Cellphone to know whats
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