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June 10, 2008



Well said John!

David L. Trotter

The last sentence of the article says it all for me;individual aircraft mechanics need to set their own standards of professionalism.
As a DOM, I can count the mechanics on one hand that exhibit my definition of 'professional'. A 'professional' does not just reference the data, he uses and abides by the data. A 'professional' does not look for approval and recognition, it comes to him due to his reputation. A 'professional' does not hang with the pack, he sets the pace for others to follow. The rules are not burdensome to a professional, they are the minimum. It is a true joy to work with professional aircraft mechanics and help them to meet their goals.

Patrick Kinane

I agree with John completely but what makes a professional? Is it how we act, is it how we feel, is it how others perceive us or a combination of all? I is probably a combination but so what? What importance does being a professional have? Actually a great deal because it signified we take our work seriously, we are dedicated, and we are knowledgeable. If the public is looking down on us because of the recent maintenance incidences in the news it must be pointed out that this is a management issue. I have experienced this in the past, production over quality. Right now the mechanic is under the gun, you need your job to make a living and management knows this and plays that trump card to push the maintenance issue for increased productivity. "Damn the FARs full steam ahead." I have witnessed this at Eastern Airlines. Management, especially upper management, sends a chilling message to the mechanics when they say you WILL get this done. The mechanic knows the implication in that statement. Your job is on the line and you get the job done regardless if you don't have the resources or obstacles. To this management regime the FARs are obstacles. Even today management pushes and if it violates an FAR, so be it. Management won't take the fall, the mechanic will. The FAA won't get involved when management pushes this issue unless the mechanic carries out the violation. Until a violation occurs it is a labor issue and not an FAA violation.

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