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shadow1973User is Offline
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08/26/2008 9:47 PM  
I've only been at this for 10 years now and was wondering if there are any suggestions about taking collage courses. I have about 5 years left on my GI bill and have not used it yet. I was wondering if factory schools accept it or if anyone could point me in the right direction for getting a decent return on good money not spent. I know that I wont always be able to turn a wrench but (well almost, i know a 76yo part timer) other that getting my IA.
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09/04/2008 11:39 AM  
Get your IA @ Baker in Nashville, Then go on to a Truck Driving School (Both should take your VA money) and get your CDL class A w/HAZMAT, tanker. (I did mine, by down loading and study) Then go fight wildland fires (or logging) with some operator. You'll work 4-5 months out of the year (Summer time, maybe some work in the winter time, hvy maint. stuff). Be on the road for those months, but with those tickects "operators" will call you all of the time to see if "YOU" are available for work!:)
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11/26/2008 7:14 PM  
Good Evening Shadow, Bell Helicopter courses are 141 approved which means you can use your GI Bill to REIMBURSE the cost of the course. Remember, you must have the money up front. According to the new FY 09 rules, your GI Bill will now reimburse you for 80% as compared to last years 60%. Thats a sizeable increase if I don't say so myself. You like I have earned the privelage of using some money to further our education. Use it! Contact the Bell training academy and they can help you with the paperwork to get started. Good Luck Paul
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06/27/2009 1:44 PM  
Forgive my ignorance but, what is an "IA" and, what connection does having a CDL-A w/ X (HAZ&tank) endorsent have to do with flying??
CreaturefeatureUser is Offline
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08/11/2009 2:50 PM  
Does anyone know of some helicopter companies that would be an exceptionally good choice For a Newbie A&P? I get my certificate in 11 weeks! I am beginning to send out resumes, but would really like to find a company that has a good training program, and wont just throw me to the wolves. Any Suggestions? Any Horror stories of your fist A&P jobs?
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08/05/2010 8:42 PM  
As long as you admit you don't know what you are doing and don't try to talk yourself up too much, a lot of employers will hire a green A&P fresh out of school simply for the fact that they will be easier to train. One of the benefits of not knowing anything is that you shouldn't have any real bad habits.

If you do get hired, remember, you will be working with people who have been working on helicopters long before you were born and if you act like you know it all, don't expect to be there very long.

Listen, read the book, ask questions, get help, don't do tasks you haven't done before and if you are being "educated" take it with a grain of salt and be glad you were not fired on the spot...it means they like you.

That's my advice and it worked well for me.

The best advice I can give is to ask question BEFORE you mess something up....and you will mess something up, actually you will mess a lot of things up. You will inadvertently break a high dollar item because you quite simply did not know the correct way to install it..this will happen quite a few times. So before you do a task, in this order:

1. READ THE BOOK
2. UNDERSTAND WHAT THE BOOK IS SAYING
3. Ask questions about the task
4. Perform the task up to your level of comfort
5. READ THE BOOK AGAIN
6. Get help
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08/11/2011 10:37 AM  
You could attain and become a designated mechanic examiner and charge for A&P exams, get your inspectors authorization, CDL, Hazmat, refrigerant handlers license, become a certified welder. Get certified to conduct x-ray inspections, work toward being a Level III qualified inspector, (see AC43.13-1b pg5-1) factory training in type.
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08/11/2011 10:54 AM  
An IA is an Inspectors Authorization, that i believe can be obtained through your local flight standards district office. You must pass a knowledge exam, and have met experience and other requirements. An IA allows an individual to perform return to service inspections for Major repairs and Major Alterations to aircraft, engines, air frames, and appliances, which a stock standard A&P is not authorized to do. Also an IA can perform the required part 91 annual inspection, making those who possess an IA a valued commodity, especially for "in-house" work. See part 65.91+65.95 in the FAR's. I believe "major changes in Type Design" will require a Designated Engineering Representative or DER (someone provide further explanation/correction for why DER is needed)
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10/05/2011 7:44 PM  
my choice would be to get a business degree or even better yet a degree in aviation management.  this would make you more desirable for the Director of Maintenance positions($$$).
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10/05/2011 7:45 PM  
the business degree would also help if you ever decided to get out of avaition and make some real money.
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