Cancelled for Maintenance

A behind-the-scenes look into the gritty, non-glamorous hate-fueled life of the aircraft maintainer.

00:50:12 2022-08-12
Today, we're diving a little bit into the Quality Assurance realm. We go into the continuous improvement process, what goes into preventative action and the biases of ignoring objective evidence because they may not exactly align with your curren...
00:50:55 2022-08-05
In our last episode, we talked about the age-old question of whether aircraft mechanics/aircraft maintenance technicians were skilled or unskilled. After citing an article published by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, it’s been hig...
00:54:00 2022-07-22
You’ve heard us mentioning on many episodes that aircraft mechanics here in the US are labeled as “unskilled labor”. We have had so many questions about that, so we’ve decided to do an episode about exploring why that is. This article we ...
00:44:14 2022-07-15
In a recent article, a company called Zipline, became the first company to become certified by the FAA to operate drones as a small air carrier. Drones are becoming increasingly common in today’s world, from hobbies to commercial use. Today, we...
01:13:56 2022-07-08
It is no secret that there are some terrible bosses and employers out there.  This has become more noticeable during the pandemic.  Today we look at 20 instances of bosses/employers being the absolute worst to their employees.**Do you have a te...
01:02:06 2022-07-01
We have been advocates for a fair and equal work force, where people be rated fairly based on their skills and abilities. Sadly, in the aviation industry, there is a huge disparity for women, with some fields in aviation encompassing less 5% of w...
01:05:51 2022-06-24
On this episode, we're doing a follow up on the Red Bull plane swap stunt, which in some people's eyes, has gone terribly wrong.  What were some of the issues and what are the expected ramifications because of the stunt? We also mention some lis...
01:04:19 2022-06-17
Some of us believe we are too average to do remarkable things. These moments of self-doubt, coupled with a not-so endearing environment are a recipe to further hinder our potential. Today we are joined with Cassandra Hepp, a Canadian aircraft mai...
00:39:49 2022-06-10
On May 6th, a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for New York from London was 40 minutes into their flight before having to turn back due to a “rostering issue” with the flight’s first officer. Many public comments chastise both the first officer...
00:40:07 2022-06-03
Today's episode is by a Patron request, what happened to a KC-10A's boom arm that caused it to detach from the aircraft? A KC-10A was performing routine refueling operations as part of a training mission, when its fuel boom arm loses functionalit...
00:42:01 2022-05-27
Things happen outside of our control, sometimes it requires us to take a leave of absence.  How exactly do you call out of work, and from both an employee and a manager's view point, how do you deal with it? Do you explain in detail what is goin...
01:01:25 2022-05-20
​The Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) is held annually in conjunction with Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas. Teams representing educational institutions, commercial airlines, repair and manufacturing companies, general aviation and...
00:47:32 2022-05-13
Everyone is exhausted. People are coping with collective grief and trauma, especially due to COVID-19. Today, we discuss how leaders and people of influence need to foster healthy coping mechanisms and discourage unhealthy ones; help ward off com...
00:47:40 2022-05-06
Being proactive can mitigate unforeseen risks and aid in optimizing tasks. However, proactivity can be a double-edged sword. Today, we explore how being proactive can actually hurt your productivity and how it can be seen as annoying and obnoxiou...
00:38:14 2022-04-29
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency that investigates every civil aviation incident in the United States.  The analyze probable cause to incidents and recommend safety actions to prevent mishaps from ...
00:51:12 2022-04-22
We've talked  a lot about bad leadership and its consequences.  We've also mentioned how leaders can morph into the bad guy because of some toxic employees on their team. How though, do you provide assistance to your team without micromanaging ...
00:42:39 2022-04-15
We have made jokes in some of our previous episodes about having R2-D2 astromech robots to partner with us and perform aircraft maintenance. While having autonomous machines performing human-level maintenance may seem far away, there are robots i...
00:49:30 2022-04-08
What goes into an airport, why is it located where it’s at, and why are some airports nicer than others? Today we take a trip and explore 6 of the most luxurious airports in the world.  What sets these airports above the rest and why you shoul...
00:41:33 2022-04-01
On April 24, 2022, Hulu will livestream the Red Bull “Plane Swap” stunt where two seasoned skydivers will set their planes on a 14,000 ft nose-dive, jump out of them, and then swap planes mid-dive. As amazing as this stunt will be, and we sur...
01:11:28 2022-03-25
Today, we are co-collaborating with the Leaders of Aviation Podcast, hosted by Jeff Lively! Jeff is a pilot and Apache helicopter mechanic who assists pilots, both aspiring and seasoned, in their training and provides tabbed copies of the FAR/AIM...
00:57:06 2022-03-18
In the aviation industry, some tasks feel very repetitive, tedious, convoluted, and even boring. These very mundane-seeming tasks lead us to get complacent and sometimes skip over their completion because of how superfluous they seem. When compla...
01:20:40 2022-03-11
We’ve heard so many stories of successful people beginning with certain careers, then making drastically opposite career changes.  Today, we are joined by Jessica Girard, a former infantry soldier turned aircraft jet mechanic, and now a profes...
00:51:43 2022-03-04
We have all seen our share of airframes that made us scratch our heads and ask, “who designed this thing?”.  These airframes, however, have correctable flaws or tolerable flaws. For today’s episode, we explore an article by BBC which cover...
00:47:57 2022-02-25
We continue our discussion about the FAA’s article about forecasting the next 20yrs of aviation.  This of course is considering key assumptions and whether those assumptions hold true for that forecasting period.  What are some of these assum...
00:44:26 2022-02-18
How often do you hear some individuals say they do not want to perform certain tasks because it is boring, or it is beneath them? No one likes to do the paperwork or do the "not cool" stuff.  For today's episode, we address a topic at a listener...
00:51:30 2022-02-11
The aviation industry saw a massive reduction in all facets in 2020, like most other industries, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recovery efforts have been slow due to the many shortages (i.e. aircraft technician specialists, revenue, parts and s...
01:09:24 2022-02-04
We continue our exploration on Component maintenance costs (CMC) with assistance by the article by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and dive into repair cycle cost, turnaround time, overhauls, and system obsolescence.  Most air...
00:38:05 2022-01-28
For today's bonus episode, we reminisce about some bloopers we've done while starting an aviation podcast, explore some of our geekiness for comics and movies, go over some dos and do nots with podcasting, and some future projects we have in the ...
01:12:26 2022-01-21
Component maintenance costs (CMC) make up about 24% of an airline’s direct maintenance costs.  Many factors contribute to the challenges of managing component costs and associated repair and overhaul.  On this episode we explore an article by...
01:38:32 2022-01-14
Sometimes you’re hurt and you don’t know it, other times you don’t feel hurt enough.  We got together today with Emma and Maddie, the hosts of the Pilot’s Pandemic Podcast, and talk about some of the stigmas, barriers, and challenges we ...
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