My Aviation Career?

Wed Aug 29, 2001 11:00 am

Im thinking about going to school for Aviation saftey or for Avionics mechanics. Id really like to be an investigator for the FAA one day but does anyone have any info on these careers? Oh and im thinking about going to Embry Riddle in Prescot. Thanks

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RE: My Aviation Career?

Wed Aug 29, 2001 3:59 pm

Your best bet is to go to your nearest FAA FSDO (Flight Standards District Office) and ask them yourself what the look for in inspectors.

I know two people who were hired as FAA inspectors. Both had lengthy military backgrounds, their A&P certificates, and several years employment at part 121 carriers.

I can't say anything bad about Embry-Riddle, as I know several good people that went there, but there are several lower cost alternatives.

If you're serious about it, a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (includes the A&P certificate) with a minor in safety from ER would without a doubt get you in the door at a major airline. From there you'd be in your best postion for a FAA job.
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RE: My Aviation Career?

Wed Aug 29, 2001 4:20 pm

FAA jobs require minimum 3 years in a supervisory position with an airline. Do your thing at Embry Riddle, then get some real world experience, then look into Flight Safeties crash investigator program. A commerical license with about 500 hours is going to help you alot with an investigator job. Often they require maintenance and piloting experience.

RE: My Aviation Career?

Thu Aug 30, 2001 12:20 am

I looked at Jobs for investigating for the NTSB and they require flight hours. This sucks so bad cause i wanted to be a pilot and still do but i cant pass my medical. Ugh this sucks. Well i love working on stuff so i guess beeing a mechanic would be cool. I wanna specialize in Avionics though so i can get right in the cockpit. Thanks for your help guys.

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RE: My Aviation Career?

Thu Aug 30, 2001 2:39 am


You are still young. As I remember, you had a problem with bad headaches...maybe it will get better in time or maybe you can get a waiver. I used to know a one-legged pilot who flew part 135 freight, so anything is possibe.

Ask Twotterwrench if he ever gets to sit in the cockpit...probably more than he really wants to. Mechanics get to do engine runs and are qualified to taxi the planes.

Avionics is cool cause you'd get to work with computers a lot and it's a "cleaner" job than being a wrench....

RE: My Aviation Career?

Thu Aug 30, 2001 6:40 am

Thanks UPS but im having eye surgery wich will leave me with a distorted pupil and ive talked to docs and theres no way so. Id really like to be a investigator but i guess id have more oppertunits goingfor the A&P.


RE: My Aviation Career?

Thu Aug 30, 2001 7:19 am

Hey Eric,
You can probably still get around the problem with your distorted pupil, there used to be an American Pilot who only had one eye, and got a SODA and got his first class medical, To get a SODA all you have to do is fly with a FAA guy and he will ask you basic site questions like what color is that traffic light, can you read that aircraft tail number (probably while taxing), and if he says you are safe in the airplane, you are good to go!

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