Achieving Maintenance Competence
In the hangar, the doctor is always in - by James Albright | Business & Commercial Aviation
It seems all airplane technicians have a bit of “shade tree mechanic” in their DNA, and that’s a good thing. The ability to quickly diagnose a problem and come up with a solution is a valuable skill, even when you earn your living working on multimillion-dollar aircraft.
However, not all of an auto mechanic’s tricks should be employed in an airplane hangar. The temptation to improvise and cobble together fixes out of scrap bits and baling wire, for example, should be resisted. In fact, there should be no comparison at all between an airplane technician and Good ol’ Joe, the flivver magician.
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