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by edmanster
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Paint removal
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: Paint removal

Plse do not media blast thin skin Cessna wing / fuselage surfaces .. same thing as 'bead blasting' You will work harden the contact surface & it will prematurely start to crack in the near future. - just get a sheet of 12" x 12" 2024-T3 and blast one surface - note how it will deform. Only reason th...
by edmanster
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Job Posting- Red Flags
Replies: 9
Views: 2118

Re: Job Posting- Red Flags

My 2cents after 30 years in the business .. Pilots are paid to fly an aircraft from point A to point B. There is is usually only 1 way to accomplish that. Say a typical leg .. is X hours long ..almost every pilot will accomplish this in less then 2X hours.. regardless of weather etc .. (more or less...
by edmanster
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: AME Apprenticeship Opportunities in Winnipeg/St. Andrew's
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: AME Apprenticeship Opportunities in Winnipeg/St. Andrew's

If you are perusing the flying end of the business .. Flying schools is undoubtedly your best opportunity. Obtain your commercial & then your instructors rating. As you work on your IFR - you will have an opportunity to get some flt hours & $$$ dealing with students. Most flying schools are always i...
by edmanster
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: AME Apprenticeship Opportunities in Winnipeg/St. Andrew's
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: AME Apprenticeship Opportunities in Winnipeg/St. Andrew's

Nothing wrong with expanding your bounds. I, myself started off as a pilot & swerved off toward the mechanical & non-flying career. It took me a while to understand .. one day the boss pulled me aside .. - old time mechanics don't want to be stepped on by some 100 hour wonder. Lots of these guys (ol...
by edmanster
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: AME Apprenticeship Opportunities in Winnipeg/St. Andrew's
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: AME Apprenticeship Opportunities in Winnipeg/St. Andrew's

First thing you do not do is - "promote the PPL" when striving for a mechanic opportunity. These days when jobs are a bit sketchy - Any business that will hire and train you will eventually want to compensate for their 'investment' by your future productivity. For their first year you will be mostly...
by edmanster
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Beaver, Otter and others Nordsman ect....
Replies: 3
Views: 1511

Re: Beaver, Otter and others Nordsman ect....

If we had a tourist season ... Try your luck with the fly-in fishing camps lodges etc .. great way to break in .. When the airplane is flying .. there will always be outboard motors & stuff to fix around the camp.. when the aircraft is back - u can help the mech on the aircraft - always something br...
by edmanster
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: ICS TRAINING...AND TO BE CERTIFIED and work abroad
Replies: 16
Views: 2456

Re: ICS TRAINING...AND TO BE CERTIFIED and work abroad

Maybe its me .. But i seem to sense that having any experience working on an aircraft is a handicap to getting a License. ... ICS training is not experience .. in fact - its the lowest rung on any ladder .. something like the $25 'Intro-Pilot' course Flight schools offer to induce new customers .. "...
by edmanster
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Working on a C registered aircraft in the states
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Working on a C registered aircraft in the states

easily said ... I been involved in certifying Canadian designed & built components in the states .. You require letters detailing exactly what is intended; Custom documents detailing every item & tool being sent down. .. sometime a bond may be required to ensure the parts return. At the border - the...
by edmanster
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Forum Suggestion and Announcements
Topic: 49 y/o, 0TT, 0 debt, 80k trucker salary. Shall I go for CPL?
Replies: 4
Views: 4788

Re: 49 y/o, 0TT, 0 debt, 80k trucker salary. Shall I go for CPL?

I worked all across the west as a mechanic .. good times & bad. When money was bad, I augmented my money by working as small engine mech, 7eleven cashier, moonlighted fixing private AC .. etc. As with everything, nothing is purely black & white; figure out a scenario where u can drive truck & pay fo...
by edmanster
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Is there really a shortage of aircraft mechanic in Canada?
Replies: 15
Views: 3222

Re: Is there really a shortage of aircraft mechanic in Canada?

I beg to differ with the last reply .. Big Time ! We seem to have transitioned through a culture change within the last 25 years where AME school + Licence is now considered the barest of minimums to work on an aircraft. I been from one side to of this country to the other within the last 30 years a...
by edmanster
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Getting back in the game.
Replies: 1
Views: 1056

Re: Getting back in the game.

do you know what the front end of a plane looks like ?
- do you own a screwdriver & set of pliers .. ?
- not a runaway from some asylum ?
Seems ur all set .. Work everywhere .. just start knocking on doors.
- be at the right time at the right place.
- never been this good for work.
by edmanster
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Whats the best way to find an AME thats close?
Replies: 8
Views: 1509

Re: Whats the best way to find an AME thats close?

In addition to the above speel from me .. Determine what level of involvement do you wish to have with your aircraft? - if you are totally naive mechanically - then a detailed orientated shop would be best .. .. in most cases they will find issues you may not be / or ever be aware of .. but expect t...
by edmanster
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Forum Suggestion and Announcements
Topic: Why haven't job sub sections been created??
Replies: 2
Views: 6217

Re: Why haven't job sub sections been created??

Split the Job section up !!!
I end up reading half the posts in a group .. until i figure out we are dealing with a pilot issue ...
... Majority of chatter is pilots looking for inroads into the big Airlines ...
by edmanster
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Whats the best way to find an AME thats close?
Replies: 8
Views: 1509

Re: Whats the best way to find an AME thats close?

There are all varieties & flavors of AMEs .. - the best bargain is not always the best choice .. .. Consider / ask - Does he have a shop / or work out the back of his car - recent license or retirement plan - does he work on ac full time .. or only when a quick buck is convenient - is he familiar wi...
by edmanster
Sat May 18, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: "Career" Advice: Structures
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

Re: "Career" Advice: Structures

Being a 'tad' into the twilight years myself & having no desire to retire .. I can relate to you ... - Experience is important - but the attitude is even more so .. There are varieties of sheetmetal / structure job variants that you should consider .. - To maintain a happy & conscientious attitude -...
by edmanster
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: AME Apprentice Interview
Replies: 6
Views: 1866

Re: AME Apprentice Interview

Again Pacqing - U right on the money! Are u single and adventurous or a Family man just seeking security? Lot of guys starting of at Air Canada, Westjet, Jazz just want a steady paycheck & dont care if they have to hump the boss to get it. Usually big union 'mentality' where $$ is the only reason th...
by edmanster
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: AME Apprentice Interview
Replies: 6
Views: 1866

Re: AME Apprentice Interview

Everything Pacqing said +2. An apprentice is somewhere between the Janitor & the Shop Handyman. Company does not want to pay big $$ for somebody to tidy up & wash the aircraft. First few years loading cargo, cleaning, cleaning & more cleaning. Every odd job nobody wants to do will be your assignment...
by edmanster
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Email vs in person
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: Email vs in person

Do not forget the 'walk-in' also serves you as well. It gives you a perspective on the operation - something you will not learn from the Internet. What is the 'atmosphere' of the operation? are the employees relaxed ? or is the front office a 'pit-bull' cage. Do they greet you ? or do they ignore yo...
by edmanster
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Out of school for years without any work experience asking for opinion
Replies: 6
Views: 1662

Re: Out of school for years without any work experience asking for opinion

I must be getting old .. 30 years & considering yourself too old !!! Get off that couch & smell the coffee! !! - if all you are interested in is a union job wandering around the hanger chatting it up with the buds .. then find something else to do .. we got plenty like this .. - if you are a 'hands-...
by edmanster
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 2135

Re: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue

oops mis-spoke .... Since a vent is to be located at the high spot of the tank / not wing .. but wing as well
by edmanster
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 2135

Re: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue

Since a vent is to be located at the high spot of the wing - where is the inlet for the second vent on same tank? What do you mean by "balanced" - is there an external tube between the vents. Now if 1 of the vent inlets was immersed in fuel & the second vent was producing positive pressure into the ...
by edmanster
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 2135

Re: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue

Looking at several pix of Avid Magnum aircraft on the internet; the Vent appears to be a L-shaped tube; approx 3 inch rise and 1.5 inch forward aimed into the air stream. This arrangement would definitely pressurize the fuel tank. But only 1 vent per wing is shown. Is this what your vent looks like ...
by edmanster
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 2135

Re: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue

I know that the vent on a Cessna 172 is located directly behind the wing strut - in the "dead air" space. Odd that your vent would be exposed into open flow air .. I had a harrowing experience with a Navajo. The engine oil vent lines sticking down through lower engine cowl. On this newly acquired ai...
by edmanster
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Looking for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprentice position.
Replies: 2
Views: 1661

Re: Looking for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprentice position.

Question ??
1/ Do you have a toolbox with wrenches, sockets & plyers?
2/ Do you have a car ?
Drive to St Andrews airport. Walk around & introduce yourself.
- nobody interested in grade - point averages ..
they just want to know if you are reliable & keen to work.
by edmanster
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Do the majors even consider a loser with a pardoned DUI?
Replies: 19
Views: 2461

Re: Do the majors even consider a loser with a pardoned DUI?

In the past (not sure now) - it was required by some operators to bring in a Driver's Record Summary. This was an official record of the past 10 years driving experience. It listed all speeding tickets, warnings & accidents. It can be obtained from the provincial Transportation office. In my opinion...

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