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Fred Robel
Works at Au Gres-Sims School District
Attended Lansing Community College School of Aviation
Lives in Au Gres, MI USA
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Pano of the left wheel well area in an MD-80 aircraft.

Douglas was a big believer in cables and pulleys.

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Love the MD83 we fly Allegiant airlines from KSMX to KLAS the MD 83 is old but still a great aircraft 😁✈️
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DANGER:  Overinflation May Result in Explosive Failure.

Placard on Main landing gear tire assembly, MD-80.

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Over Inflation is very dengerous it cause death toll I have seen .
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Leading edge slat rigging on a DC-9-80.

Reflected on the bottom surface of the wing.

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B737-200 in for a heavy check.

Goodness, what cute little nose gear tires.

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Omg its tiny!! We do mostly 737-800. Occasionally we get a 737-700 but its rare.
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The stone lay unnoticed for quite some time
After being deposited upon the lake bed
By the ebb flow and movement of a glacier
Only just today being washed up upon the beach
Soon drying in the soft sunlight
Until it looked like any other smooth bit of limestone

I searched the sand for suitably flat-ish stones
Finding several
I handed half to my son
"It works best if you throw side-arm
Like this"
I said as I demonstrated the slightly awkward looking method
And we were rewarded by seeing the stone skip across the calm water
Four big skips
Followed by an almost uncountable number of mini skips
So close together that the spinning flat stone
Almost appeared to be zipping along the water like a boat
Until the water grabbed ahold of it
Taking it from our sight into the shallows

My son took one of his rocks and mimicked my movements
Though his first try propelled itself into the water at an angle
Like a missile
The water making a 'Gallulp!' sound
As the stone made a fast dive entry

He was not impressed
And made his distressed face at me
To which I smiled and made a 'watch me' gesture with the rock in my hand
Side-arm throw letting the stone spin off the end of my fingertip
Letting it rotate like a spinning plate
Bouncing off the surface of the water satisfyingly several times

My son selected another stone from his small pile
Slowly drawing his arm back to the side
Swinging around and releasing with good form
The stone spinning away from him in an unpredictable direction to the right
But skipping three times upon the clear water
Making us both cheer out loud

A couple more throws by both of us
And our handful of rocks was gone
Leaving nothing else to do but to look for more
With the Spring sun warming the backs of our necks
As we walked the water's edge with our heads bowed
Scanning the sand in front of our feet
Looking for just the right stones for skipping
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A great short documentary on the Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

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The manufacture of the Merlin engine.
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JT8D-200 jet engine on an MD-80 aircraft.

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MD-80 on the ramp today.

Finishing up some work cards.

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Very clean looking MD83 ✈️
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B737-200 cockpit.

Steam gauges!

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Nice seats..
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Boeing 737 engine.  Very shiny JT8D cowls.

B737-200

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Those engines sure have changed. New ones look nothing like this.
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Fuel panel on the flight engineer's station in the cockpit.  

B747-200 freighter.

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Education
  • Lansing Community College School of Aviation
    Aviation Maintenance Technology, 1989 - 1992
    After a slow start, because I didn't know what I wanted out of life. I settled into the two year aviation maintenance program at LCC. I did very well, and haven't second guessed my choice.
  • East Lansing High School
    High School Diploma, 1985 - 1989
    Four years of slacking in my case. I could write a book all about not living up to one's potential. And, nachos. Eating nachos.
  • St Thomas Aquinas School
    1977 - 1985
    Catholic Gradeschool; church every single morning. Yee-haw!
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Eric Robel, Frederick Robel, Frederick D Robel II
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Writer, Aircraft Inspector, Father, Husband
Introduction
Hello, my name is Fred. 

I believe everyone is a person worth noting in life.  Everyone has something to contribute, and should.  Sharing ourselves and our experiences publicly is a way to give back to humanity, and share the important things in life.  Lessons learned, loves lost, happiness found, things created.

Nice to meet you!

I have many interests that I share, and like to have shared with me.  These include aviation, automobiles, motorcycles, poetry, short stories, serials, and most manner of creative writing; which I write most every day.  

Photography:  I often share images from my life in aviation, pics of my books (book porn), mechanicals, transportation, and other things.  

I am a building block, helping to build humanity to new heights.
Bragging rights
Published my first book in 2012!
Work
Occupation
Full time Aircraft Inspector, part time School Board Member, poet, writer, and publisher
Employment
  • Au Gres-Sims School District
    School Board Member, 2015 - present
  • Kalitta Air
    Inspector, 2008 - present
  • Pratt & Whitney Plattsburgh Flight Test
    Lead Inspector, 2000 - 2008
  • Kitty Hawk International
    AOG Mechanic, 1999 - 2000
  • American International Airways
    Aircraft Mechanic, 1993 - 1999
  • Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith (Law Firm)
    Office Services Clerk, 1991 - 1993
  • Meijer
    Housewares Associate, 1990 - 1991
  • Michigan State University Housing
    Summer Janitor Guy, 1990 - 1990
  • McDonald's - David Rudd Enterprises
    Grill Cook, 1989 - 1990
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Currently
Au Gres, MI USA
Previously
Haslett, MI USA - Beekmantown, NY USA - Plattsburgh, NY USA - Greenbush, MI USA - East Lansing, MI USA
This place is local to me, and my family goes there often. As far as pizza goes, they have some of the best in the area (try the BLT pizza!), with decent turn around time. They don't deliver, as far as I know though. The dough recipe for their crusts and bread sticks is awesome. I love the taste, and always eat my crusts. Might have something to do with them having a wonderful bakery as well. With doughnuts and pastries of all kinds, fresh breads, cookies, pies, the whole nine yards. Local wine available there as well. If you go there for breakfast, make sure you try the cinnamon bread toast, or even the cinnamon bread french toast. It is made from the same cinnamon bread you can buy up front to take home, and it is something else! Service is usually very good, unless they are packed, then the wait time goes up a little. But that's to be expected. The staff is friendly, and know all their product. Gift shop up front too, with local items for sale (books, wine, clothing, knick-knacks), good selection. This is the best family restaurant in Au Gres, hands down. At least to me.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
This is a wonderful place to go eat. It's off the beaten path to be sure, just follow the signs up Mapes Rd, and you'll find it. A huge ranch house, with rooms up above, with what looks like paddocks out back. Apparently there is an airfield back there somewhere too. This place was recommended to me for the steaks, and the steaks are simply amazing. First, they bring out a small loaf of homemade bread, and honey butter. Then the beautiful steak came out. The best I've had in a very long time. The wait staff was very good, the place was clean and friendly. Prices were very reasonable too. Our family of five ate very well for under 60 dollars. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
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Public - 4 years ago
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