Category: Airplane Techtalk

Toilet Town

Every once in a while an aircraft mechanic has to deal with Chapter 38 – water and waste. The water’s no big deal; maybe a tap that won’t turn on or off, or a coffee […]

Goodnight Airplane 

If you’re ever at the airport late at night, or early in the morning, you may have noticed that a lot of planes spend the night at the gates. Have you wondered what is going […]

The Glamorous Life of a Writer/Airplane Mechanic

Four days a week I work overnight at SeaTac airport. I report for work at 9 PM and get off in the wee or not-so-wee hours of the morning, depending on the workload. When I […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Being a New Airplane Mechanic is Awesome

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I was recently hired as a full time line mechanic at a major airline. Yay! This week I’m spending some time at the mothership getting fleet training on […]

You Know You’re An Airplane Mechanic When …

You’re constantly slapping yourself on the forehead and wondering why your headlamp isn’t there to light up your food prep/book/sock drawer the way it’s always there for you when you’re working. You come to think […]

Airplane TechTalk for the Non-Technical: Propeller Basics

I have signed up to take the first of my FAA certification exams in just 10 shorts weeks (eeep!) so expect more of these techtalk posts as I work through the material I need to […]

Airplane Tech Talk for the Non-Technical: Cabin Pressurization

Another in my occasional series demystifying the inner workings of airplanes. This week – cabin pressurization. As most people know, modern passenger planes are usually propelled by turbine engines, and usually fly at around 35,000 […]

Airplane Tech Talk for the Non-Technical: Cabin Cooling Systems

My prior duo of posts about airplane turbine and reciprocating engines was popular, so I’ll expand the series to talk about the mysterious inner workings of other airplane parts. This week, let’s talk cabin cooling. Smaller […]

Airplane Tech Talk for the Non-Technical – Turbines

A couple of weeks ago I explained reciprocating engines, especially as they relate to aircraft. But, truth be known, I’m all about the turbines. Turbine engines are what got me excited about airplanes to begin with. […]

Airplane Tech Talk for the Non-Technical – Reciprocating Engines

Today is the first test of the quarter, and since I have utterly failed at my “write blog posts on the weekends and queue them up to prevent Tuesday-night blog-post-writing panic” plan, this post is […]