The goal of this document is to provide the basis for a structured process to identify, analyze and resolve NFF issues. The NFF issues include. such as ARINC , CASH (Conserve All Ser- viceable Hardware) and HSM ( Holistic Systems. Maintenance) report having far less NFF per- centages than. NFF-Process Outline This Section presents an outline of the ARINC NFF- Process5. It is a direct, verbatim copy of certain parts from this ARINC Guideline.

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IOS Press Ebooks – NFF – Who is to be Blamed? Unravelling the Mysteries of NFF

The photo of the mechanic with the cigarette butt in his mouth personifies a more laconic individual, who looks blue collar, dirty, and rough. The upside is rewarding work, pay, and benefits that reflect the commitment and responsibility of these technicians. Being a mechanic is surely not a dirty word no pun intended. I see many of your points and agree with some of them. Thanks for reading and the insightful comments. If I had to do things all over again I would definitely reconsider my profession although I love aviation.

That photo of the inside of the aircraft, where pilot sits…interesting. Drug tests are mandatory and felony convictions are disqualifying factors to work in this prestigious field.

The art work glamorizes the mechanic and romanticizes the idea of becoming a mechanic in service to your country. Thank you for your kind consideration. This requires a vocabulary that is rich in FAA approved language.

I firmly believe this and empirical statistics support it. I worked midnights for years and used to joke with my colleagues that I had watched more fireworks displays on the flight line than with my family. Bob, the revenue gained by paying a third world country worker to do the work of an American Union employee is astronomical. But I often wonder if this strategy would even work. I like this article very much. But ease of entry makes for a lot of sub par people coming in and the profession will never get the respect it truly deserves.


American innovation and a strong arunc, mechanical, and technological education is the only thing that will save young people from our fate. But it is not the same as a being a well qualified, educated, safe, experienced, and certified aviation maintenance technician.

I also agree that ALL Unions have declined since the air traffic controller firings in In turn, this drives the stock price higher, pleasing majority stockholders. Click on the four boxes in the center of the black box until they run red.

Yet the term mechanic has very little to do with what they actually do or who these people really are. aricn

The report predicts that as global economies grow and tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners are produced, the demand for pilots and educated technicians will also grow exponentially.

My respect to those Mechanics who sometimes fall from above six or 6672 feet trying to make a repair at the last minute. Lewis does not see our students as simple mechanics, or grease monkeys. Thanks again for the post and I would be pleased to know more about Lewis University and airnc program.

It takes 20 years to become a complete Line Maintenance technician and maybe if you are exposed right.

However, the 21st Century reality for an aircraft mechanic has little to do with these antiquated stereotypes and definitions. Lewis University teaches these new technological disciplines. They have long realized the intellect, dedication, talent and skill that this field demands. The BLS states many older aircraft mechanics are expected to retire between andallowing management and entry-level positions to open up for younger mechanics.

The same holds true for aircraft mechanics. The above Army Air Corps painting illustrates this point. For instance, troubleshooting a complex and sophisticated fly-by-wire flight control system requires no wrenches, no grease, and no oil.


Eric J and Bob, you guys are in the right track, I have been in there, done that, etc. They all work holidays and weekends as well. In Maythe median annual wages for aircraft technicians and service technicians in the top five industries in which they worked were as follows: The Oshkosh Air show is filled with senior aviators reveling in their careers and sharing stories of their exploits with teens and children.

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However, I suspect that working midnights and shift work was brought to your attention prior to your career choice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports: Dear Eric, I certainly can appreciate the article that you recently posted about aircraft mechanics and misperceptions.

Education is the key Bob.

Hey Bob, I see many of your points and agree with some of them. Educate as much you can. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. That is, if an individual perceives a brand of automobile to be unsafe.

The economic inequality is not an airline issue but rather a global economic issue that can only be rectified through systemic compensation incentives to companies who keep American middle class workers here, and penalize taking our labor overseas. I have been in there under the heavy rain in the middle of winter closing panels at midnite, at three in the morning looking for the problem in a nose gear light and more. Header Menu Skip to content. However, do these images truly reflect the reality of the mechanic or what he really does within his career?