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Fred Robel
Works at Kalitta Air
Attended Lansing Community College School of Aviation
Lives in Au Gres, MI USA
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Pratt & Whitney's newest B747SP flying testbed, parked next to the Rolls Royce flying testbed.

Evergreen Maintenance facility, 2008

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Wow, big iron doing the testing now.
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Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP cockpit.  Showing the new (at the time) flat panel display on top of the glareshield, for all the test engine indications.

B747SP-J6, N747UT, Plattsburgh, NY - 2008

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I should have had them in a acid free envelope but...
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Good old days of air travel or sightseeing cheap, twofer:) $1.50 ea. Phone number looks like an extension now.
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Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 720 flying engine testbed, rolling into the main hangar at Plattsburgh.

B720-023B, N720PW, Plattsburgh, NY, 2006

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Beautiful capture.  
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The C-47 "Ellie May" and an old Huey UH-1 nestled in one of the old alert shelters at the former Plattsburgh AFB.

Plattsburgh, NY.

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This is what your aft lower cargo bay looks like when you are a flight test aircraft.  All the black pressure cylinders were for nitrogen to blow out the test ports when moisture was encountered (a lot!).  The machine inside the insulated box, is a main hydraulic pump (installed here, because of the test engine in the #2 position not having any main hydraulics installed).  And the blue rack in right frame was some sort of power regulation unit for the test engine, I don't know.  I'm not avionics!  lol

B747SP, N747UT, Plattsburgh, NY - 2008

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I think there is plenty of instrumentation on this test engine, what do you think?

"Pure Power 1000G" Advanced Geared Turbofan production prototype.

Plattsburgh, NY, 2008

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Amazing, the amount of technology they are using then you can imagine the data they have to analyze.
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A semi-famous dilapidated 'Round Barn' on Grand Isle in Vermont.

I absolutely adore this thing.  I hope it's still standing (this was 8 years ago!)

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The stories that building could tell if it could talk. Keep them coming Fred.;-) ;-) Excelent.;-) 
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A Lake Champlain ferry boat coming into dock.  With Camel's Hump over in Vermont visible in the background.

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Installing the PW307 stub test pylon onto the lower aft test position on Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 720 flying engine testbed.

B720-023B, N720PW, Plattsburgh, NY - 2006

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+Dave Helt in 96, it would not have been this one. That would have been CFETB the red bird. :)

The red one retired a few years ago, and is at one of the national museums up there. 
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Full time Aircraft Inspector, part time Poet & Writer
  • 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 - Rudd Enterprise
    Grill Cook, 1989 - 1990
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Au Gres, MI USA
Haslett, MI USA - Beekmantown, NY USA - Plattsburgh, NY USA - Greenbush, MI USA - East Lansing, MI USA
Writer, Aircraft Inspector, Father, Husband
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 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!
  • 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, Fritz Roeth
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 - a year ago
reviewed a year 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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
2 reviews