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Subject: Finding an A&P mechanic
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dankatenUser is Offline

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01/26/2011 7:02 PM  
Hey can anyone tell me how hard it is to find an A&P Mechanic who can work on Robbies? My employer seems to be having a hard time finding one. I think he is probably looking in the wrong place but who am I. Just thought I would check it out for myself.
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01/27/2011 12:31 AM  
I suppose it is easier to find a Robinson mechanic than just about any other type except maybe bell....
I believe he is having a hard time because he doesn't want to pay them anything or he doesn't have enough work to have a full time guy. Not very hard or expensive to go to the factory mechanic training and get up to speed on the Robinson... simple machine.
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01/27/2011 6:16 AM  
I doubt that is the problem because the guy doing the hiring is not a cheap skate. I was thinking maybe there was some kind of a shortage of qualified A&P mechanics. I was reading where we seem to have a shortage of lathe operators and such equipment. I was wondering if this is one of those shortage problems.
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02/02/2011 6:49 AM  
I feel that the problem of finding A&P's is due to the lack of new entry into the field, the loss of many schools, and many of the current mechanics leaving the field due to layoffs and company shut downs. I work now at Chicago O'Hare and it looks like the youngest A&P are 35. That is due to lay-offs and airline shut downs/mergers. I also work the GA and Ag field and do not see the young guns anywhere like we had 10 years ago. IA training seems to be 50 plus club. I was working for an FBO with 2 Robbies who was going to send me to school. Never did. Laid off several times due to lack of work in 16 months. It is hard to say to enter the A&P field when we see many negatives around. I do enjoy working all type aircraft and am good at it. I continue to work hard and true. We do need to bring young people in to avoid a major short fall of A&P's in the next few years.
dankatenUser is Offline

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02/02/2011 7:53 AM  
I thought it might be something like that. My neighbor is an A&P and he has been laid off more time in the last three years than I have every heard of. He is of course in that 30 something age bracket as well. Seems like I never see a young guy in the business and I can understand why. I just thought a Robbie mechanic would be a little easier to find since Robbies are still being sold on a regular basis and someone has to work on them. Oh well I guess I will give the boss a break and take his word that we might have a problem finding a mechanic for a while. Thanks for the input I really appreciate it.
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02/24/2011 6:20 PM  
where are you located. i have a friend up in the philadelphia area that is school trained w/ IA.
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