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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 and 767 question
Replies: 2
Views: 1439

Re: Boeing 737 and 767 question

FedEx is still receiving B767-300F's and will be for a while. While UPS flies the 767, I'm not sure if they are still on the order books or if their fleet is now complete. Have read some press articles about aviation that stated that Boeing was thinking of a updated 767 freighter. It supposedly woul...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fasteners on composite aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

Re: Fasteners on composite aircraft

With further reading of the various Boeing SRM's, I found that to install aluminum fasteners into dissimilar material, the preferred method is to coat the fastener or the fastener hole with BMS 5-95 sealant (PR1422). The secondary preferred method is to coat with BMS 10-11 primer (epoxy primer). The...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fasteners on composite aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

Re: Fasteners on composite aircraft

In my experiences with solid shank aluminum rivets, they are not coated. The rivets we install on the 757 fan cowl edges are a bare 2117 AD alloy. You can buy 1100 A series rivets that are pure unalloyed aluminum. These are not used in a structural load bearing setting as they are a very soft low st...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fasteners on composite aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

Re: Fasteners on composite aircraft

I agree with you in that it's a rabbit hole of sorts and I've worked heavy aircraft structures for over 35 years now. As stated in the B757 and B767 Structures Repair Manuals, the use of fasteners in a CFRP-to-CFRP application would be a titanium or CRES (corrosion resistant steel) fastener. The CRE...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Safety Hazards In/Around Aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 3504

Re: Safety Hazards In/Around Aircraft

Here at FDX, we have a LOTO system that is laid out in our General Maintenance Manuel. When we bring a ship into the hangar for maintenance we have a crew that does what is called a pre-dock. This is when a lot of the systems are inactivated and circuit breakers are pulled and tagged. If during the ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline test flights?
Replies: 12
Views: 2913

Re: Airline test flights?

Years ago, at EAL, our planes coming out of a heavy check were test flown. This was usually done out over the everglades west of Miami. I was a maintenance tech at the time and got to go on two check flights. The captain who flew a lot of these check flights would sometimes walk through our hangar a...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Best Hot Bonders (Technical).
Replies: 4
Views: 2176

Re: Best Hot Bonders (Technical).

I work structures/composites for FDX. We use Heatcon products. In the past, they had some misgivings but the new ones we recently obtained seem to be dependable and easy to operate machines. They are dual zone capable and can run some large heat blankets. They are not as prone to giving you alarms f...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Stowable front door airstairs
Replies: 4
Views: 1545

Re: Stowable front door airstairs

Some of Eastern Airlines 727's had this. I worked in the structures shop at the time, and we usually had to remove the air-stair and do repairs to the internal structure of the aircraft due to cracking. It was quite a chore but, was usually done on a C-check maintenance visit. Sometimes you may see ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Belly Cargo on Freighter Question
Replies: 11
Views: 2045

Re: Belly Cargo on Freighter Question

At FedEx, our 757 lower cargo bays are hand loaded. On the inside of the lower cargo bay there is no motorized loading system or rollers, its just a flat aluminum paneled floor. As I now work in the aircraft structures shop, we frequently have to repair punctures in the floor panels caused by loadin...

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by gregorygoodwin
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 767 Production/Activity Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 41085

Re: Boeing 767 Production/Activity Thread - 2020

N299FE is now at our maintenance base in Indy. It is getting it's pre-service check and being modified for the heads up display and sat-com. The radome has been removed and will be shipped back to Boeing for installation on a later ship. It takes about two weeks of work to get the ship ready for it'...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody Freighter Conversion Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3638

Re: Narrowbody Freighter Conversion Discussion

Our MD fleet is scheduled to be greatly downsized in the near future. The MD10-10's are supposedly to be gone by May of this year, they will be scrapped. The MD10-30 is getting reduced in number with some getting parked with preservation for the near future, others may be scrapped also. The MD11's a...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine wear: What happens?
Replies: 8
Views: 1584

Re: Engine wear: What happens?

On our aircraft the usual cause of engine removal is hot section turbine blade wear or case defects, these components live a hard life. This is usually on our GE CF6-6 engines. As far as I know, we (FDX) are the only ones still operating this variant. They have probably been overhauled numerous time...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wheel retraction question
Replies: 12
Views: 2532

Re: Wheel retraction question

Quite a bit of sequencing goes on with gear retraction and deployment. Although not related to the authors brake question, if the main gear has multiple axles on the bogie beam, such as a 757, 767, etc, the bogie must be centered upon gear retraction to go up into the gear well. This is done by a ac...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Runaway cart at ORD, saved from hitting plane by ground crew (video)
Replies: 50
Views: 12523

Re: Runaway cart at ORD, saved from hitting plane by ground crew (video)

Sort of funny in a way, it looks as if the thing was throwing a temper tantrum. If it had of struck the aircraft it would have been very expensive and probably would have required significant down time to repair. The radome would have been obliterated and behind it is the weather radar, the glide sl...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions about freight
Replies: 5
Views: 1781

Re: Questions about freight

One way, I suppose, is by finding a niche market and becoming exceedingly good at it. For example, we sometimes need aircraft parts on weekends or holidays when most companies are shut down or minimally staffed. There are shippers, such as LaserShip, that have people on standby that will go at any t...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions about freight
Replies: 5
Views: 1781

Re: Questions about freight

The major air freight companies move a lot of cargo under contract. At FedEx, we ship for the USPS under a contract agreement. Companies such as Amazon will put out bids for movement of there freight and the air cargo companies can respond with a bid proposal. The movement of freight for large shipp...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Funniest in-flight announcements?
Replies: 44
Views: 4209

Re: Funniest in-flight announcements?

I recall taking a flight on USAir from Houston Intercontinental to Pittsburgh. We had to taxi around the main terminal to the other side then out to a set of runways that seemed to be way out in the pine woods, it took awhile to get there. The captain announced that we apparently were going to taxi ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Optimum materials
Replies: 17
Views: 1979

Re: Optimum materials

I recall reading about research into materials that will change their shape when subjected to an electrical impulse, and then return to their original shape when the impulse is taken away. The idea for aircraft would be a wing or flight control that can assume various shapes according to the needs o...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Research questions about airline maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Re: Research questions about airline maintenance

Well, I'll give this a shot. Working hours. If you are with a major airline, passenger or freight, you most probably work a eight hour or, in my case, a ten hour day. I work a ten hour shift with three days a week off. With the FBO operators that I have worked for, I generally worked a eight hour sh...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New 767-300ER/-F Avionics and Engine Options
Replies: 14
Views: 2084

Re: New 767-300ER/-F Avionics and Engine Options

To Max Q,
I am not really in a position to give a definitive answer to your question, ( I'm structures/composites shop) I think that the flight deck is more towards the 777 standard but, this could be in error on my part.
Gregory

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New 767-300ER/-F Avionics and Engine Options
Replies: 14
Views: 2084

Re: New 767-300ER/-F Avionics and Engine Options

Hello, The HUD mod for the FedEx 767's are done in Indianapolis. The ship arrives directly from Boeing and is placed into our east hangar for modification. The entire project takes about two to three weeks. In the past, the ships arrived with the standard Boeing approved flight deck instrumentation....

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jump seat - question
Replies: 28
Views: 2473

Re: Jump seat - question

At FedEx, we have a jump-seat administration office that handles our jump-seat fliers. If you are a properly licensed pilot or maintenance technician, you can contact them for help. As a company maintenance tech, I can schedule a flight online through our system. This is after passing a test and bei...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Identifying Aircraft with Hushkit Installed
Replies: 9
Views: 1807

Re: Identifying Aircraft with Hushkit Installed

jakubz, At FedEx, our 727-200's had hush kits installed that were supposedly a FedEx designed product. I have read where FedEx made some big money on the sale of these kits to other 727 operators. I do not think that we designed and built these at FX. They were most probably designed and built at so...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RB211 Not Standard for Cargo Ops?
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: RB211 Not Standard for Cargo Ops?

Hello, Well, I don't understand this one either. I work aircraft maintenance at FedEx and we have RB211 powered 757's and they seem to perform well hauling freight. Most of our systems mechanics prefer working on the RB211 powered 757's than the P&W 2000 series powered ships, not sure why, I do ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft maintenance going downhill?
Replies: 42
Views: 4874

Re: Aircraft maintenance going downhill?

I have worked in aviation maintenance for about 30 to 35 years now. Started out in the U.S. Navy and now work at one of the major U.S. based freight airlines. I read the post above about foreign maintenance personnel and how it is assumed that they are somehow substandard. I would say this is not th...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Unpainted plugged windows
Replies: 11
Views: 2712

Re: Unpainted plugged windows

What could be happening is that the ship is manufactured with a set amount of windows down each side. If the ship's operator then installs a piece of equipment, such as a galley or closet, over a window opening, it will get a metal plug. This is because the window panes on aircraft have to be inspec...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refreshing the cockpit.
Replies: 18
Views: 2162

Re: Refreshing the cockpit.

If you mean getting a new decor to match a cabin upgrade, I would say never. I work in structures for FedEx, we do a inspection of the flight deck every B-check and I'm sure it is done on C and D checks also. If anything is damaged or worn, it gets repaired or replaced. Things like flight deck panel...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radom on 777F
Replies: 31
Views: 2750

Re: Radom on 777F

Hello everyone, I wanted to post an update for this topic to show what the topic author was actually looking at. This photo shows a close-up of a B767 radome that has the FLIR port on it. https://previews.dropbox.com/p/thumb/AAIBwWZx-nKHgzdToFRz3yvfpVOqCvv9nloanZUGcDkRQRlHITEmQVgLNw7BNsqiLYw_Mh0-2W6...

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by gregorygoodwin
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radom on 777F
Replies: 31
Views: 2750

Re: Radom on 777F

Well, we just completed another Heads-Up -Display installation, radome change out, and FLIR installation on one of our 767's just yesterday. The ship will get it's test flight to see is all the systems work tonight by a flight crew that is bringing in our next new 767 direct from Boeing. I have take...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radom on 777F
Replies: 31
Views: 2750

Re: Radom on 777F

I work for FedEx as a structures tech. What you are looking at is the forward looking infrared (FLIR) port on the radome.The new 767's that we receive will get a radome change- out when it arrives at FedEx along with a heads-up display installation and satcom communications capability. I currently w...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who make Airbus and Boeing cockpits?
Replies: 11
Views: 3406

Re: Who make Airbus and Boeing cockpits?

Hello, The quick answer to your question is that vendors outside Boeing manufacture the many systems on the flight deck, and elsewhere on the aircraft. Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, and others are into the flight deck instrumentation game. And, even then, many of the small components are made by anot...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: British Airways cancelled my flight because holes in plane after lightning strike
Replies: 24
Views: 6131

Re: British Airways cancelled my flight because holes in plane after lightning strike

Hello everyone, I've worked many lighting strikes over the years as a structures tech. Usually, what happens is the strike will cause a burn mark around a fastener such as a rivet or Hi-Lok. Also, it can cause damage to the static wick bases where they mount to the aircraft, and I've seen where it w...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Vertically opening doors, L1011 / DC10 / B767
Replies: 25
Views: 3840

Re: Vertically opening doors, L1011 / DC10 / B767

On our 767F's, the only entry door is the L-1. It has no drive motor on it, you simply unlatch it and give it a gentle push upward until it locks. On these ships the life raft is in a separate compartment forward of the door itself. On the MD10's and MD11's the doors are electrically operated in nor...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AOG Parts Shipping
Replies: 10
Views: 1070

Re: AOG Parts Shipping

There is also the cost associated with when you need the part and whom you get it from. There are companies that specialize in aircraft parts and AOG shipments. On weekends and especially holidays, they have people on call to expedite an order but you pay a surcharge for this above the normal costs....

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Packing in IPC
Replies: 7
Views: 1233

Re: Packing in IPC

I have come across this situation many times in my career. Sometimes the IPC will not show a part in the illustrations, or it will give a part number, but no accompanying illustration so that you can be sure the part is what your need. Where I work, we go to the Boeing drawings. Our company has a li...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hail damage on parked aircraft
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

Re: Hail damage on parked aircraft

I work as a structures tech and have seen many hail damaged ships over the years. Hail can most certainly do damage to a plane that is parked on the ramp. Years ago, I was sent to St. Louis to inspect a MD10 that was caught outside when a super cell storm passed through. There were so many dents on ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu May 10, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Often Do Airliner Interiors Get A “Deep Clean?”
Replies: 8
Views: 2513

Re: How Often Do Airliner Interiors Get A “Deep Clean?”

I do hangar maintenance on freighters. When the ship comes in for a B check, we have a vendor crew that cleans the cargo decks (upper and lower), the entry ways, lavatory, and flight deck. This is mostly vacuuming and removing trash bags and wiping down the lavs. Surprisingly, the areas behind the s...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed May 09, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Fan Blade Rub
Replies: 26
Views: 4827

Re: Engine Fan Blade Rub

To Propilot83, Yes, the fan blades will rub the shroud, which is what it is designed for. I'm not sure how much movement the fan stage experiences when in flight, but these big fan engines are very stout and are incredibly balanced assemblies. You can easily spin one with your hand. Also, there may ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon May 07, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Fan Blade Rub
Replies: 26
Views: 4827

Re: Engine Fan Blade Rub

I'm not a pilot, I work as a structures tech. We do a lot of work on the abraded shroud. It is located under the fan path and is made to allow a close tolerance between the blade tips and the fan casing. On the GE engines,the fan path is above a large cell aluminum honeycomb that has a micro-balloon...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo hold
Replies: 10
Views: 1914

Re: Cargo hold

Years ago, I worked as a cargo handler at the FedEx ramp in San Antonio, TX. We would get a A300 in that had cargo in the bulk section. Often this was large bags with locks on them that were destined for the federal reserve bank and others. I can't say for sure, but I assumed it was bags of cash and...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Static Wick
Replies: 11
Views: 1986

Re: Static Wick

Putthoff, Just had an interesting experience with static wicks last week at work. I do structures and composite work on the FDX fleet in IND. We had a 767 in one bay with a wing tip strike that broke off one of the static wicks and its base from the outboard aileron. It, the base, was secured with s...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AED's on PAX aircraft?
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Re: AED's on PAX aircraft?

At FedEx, we are installing them on the MD11's and I believe it will be fleet wide.

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Door Size of Current Wide Body Aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 1799

Re: Cargo Door Size of Current Wide Body Aircraft

This is something I too have wondered about, and I work on 767 freighters for FDX as a structures tech. The lower cargo doors on our 767s are about the same size as the main deck doorway. The answers as stated above make sense. We also see another benefit in that the doorways don't get damaged as of...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Skin Material
Replies: 6
Views: 1520

Re: Aircraft Skin Material

The detailed information will be in the aircraft's SRM. The structural repair manual is usually formatted in the following way; part identification, allowable damage limits, and repairs, either specific repairs or a notation to go to a typical repair, or to contact the aircraft manufacturer for a re...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs
Replies: 40
Views: 6335

Re: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs

Greetings, I work in the FedEx hangar located next to the USPS facility at IND. There is no aircraft traffic there now but it does apparently sort freight for the postal service, there is a lot of truck traffic into and out of the facility. Years ago, this was a busy air hub. Aircraft from a company...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shipping a Motorcycle by plane
Replies: 15
Views: 3782

Re: Shipping a Motorcycle by plane

I worked the FedEx ramp in San Antonio, TX years ago and recall a shipment of motorcycles coming through our facility. They were loaded on metal pallets that we called "cookie sheets". There were two bikes to a pallet for a total of six bikes. They were Harley Davidson touring machines and...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramp Workers With Hearing Aids
Replies: 16
Views: 1997

Re: Ramp Workers With Hearing Aids

I work in aircraft maintenance for FedEx (structures technician) and I too have a severe hearing loss. I have a set of the in the ear canal and over the ear hearing aids. Either one, I can't use foam ear plugs. Without them, I have a difficult time hearing people speak, especially women and children...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New A&P advice
Replies: 6
Views: 949

Re: New A&P advice

IAHflyer97, I've been in maintenance for over thirty years now, currently work for Federal Express as a structures/composite technician. One of the best ways to get noticed and move ahead is by having good training. Take advantage of any course you are offered, many technicians don't. This is especi...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Manuals
Replies: 32
Views: 12204

Re: Aircraft Manuals

Greetings, As you can see there are a lot of manuals used. I work in structural repair and composites, so I'm familiar with the Structural Repair Manual (SRM), the Illustrated Part Manual (IPC), and the Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM). There are others that are consulted on occasion such as the Co...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions for Repair Engineer
Replies: 2
Views: 1554

Re: Questions for Repair Engineer

Well, I will take a try at answering your questions. First of all, let me say that I'm not an engineer. I've worked as a A&P maintenance technician in structural and composite repairs for many years and currently work for FedEx as a structures tech. As for whom provides maintenance and modificat...

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