The conflict between pilot and mechanic arises illogically...the philosophy is, pilots fly the planes and mechanics keep them flying. If you look at it that way, pilots and mechanics have a symbiotic relationship and should be best of friends, in reality, when you throw money into the equation, people get angry.
The aircraft owner wants the plane in the air, the pilot shares the same view, the owner also wants the aircraft to be safe and to stay in the air, that view he shares with the mechanic, here, the problem is, keeping the aircraft flying means work on the ground, and when a plane is on the ground, it's losing money.
So that's the mechys first pressure, he's in a rush because if the aircraft isn't airworthy by the end of the day, the owner won't be able to afford his new car. Secondly, the pilot is rushing the mechanic aswell because he wants to get in his seat and flirt with the stewardesses, add to that the pilots 'I'm better than you' ethic and the mechys 'I wish I was flying that thing' dream, and it makes for a stressed, unhealthy relationship, even though everybody is just trying to help the other. A little empathy and understanding is called for here, the pilot wants to fly, the mechy wants to fix, and the owner wants a new car. (another one)
I'm an aircraft maintenance student, I admit it's my second choice, once I thought I could be a pilot, but I assessed the options, and this is what I chose, let me tell you why. I can fly, and I like to fix stuff, so initially, it was a tough choice, but then my ever-present teen apathy helped me choose. To become a pilot, I have to study A-levels, and then fend off ever present competition in an attempt to land one of the worlds most glamorous jobs, and live out of a suitcase etc.
To become an engineer, I study a two year GNVQ course, and then try and get a job in an understaffed, rewarding, well payed industry. The choice turned out to be pretty easy.
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