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Fred Robel
Works at Au Gres-Sims School District
Attended East Lansing High School
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Waiting for a tow out to the run area.

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Pushing out the B737-400 for ramp checks.  24 seconds.

A lot colder than it looks outside.  

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No tail walker? 
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Oil dripped steadily from the jet engine tailpipe
Forming a green-blue puddle upon the pale concrete
Tattooing yet another stain upon its brittle honor

The Boeing 747 sat heavily in the hot sun
Looking for all the world like it knew
Knew that one of its engines was shit
Knew that it had used four gallons of oil on a three hour flight
Knew that it wasn't going much of anywhere for now

Somewhere else in the world
A small team of mechanics was busy
Packing their tools
Gathering up supplies
Forking an engine change kit to the main ramp
Unwrapping a spare engine

Getting ready to leave for a few days in the sun
A welcome respite from the winter blues

Sometimes the gods of aviation give good with the bad
And this was one of those times
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I'm in favor of carving all the older ones up at this point.  
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Amazing shot Fred it's great to see the guys keeping busy day and night keeping everything moving. Awesome. I hope they all appreciate your efforts to let the big wide world know some of the behind the scenes work that goes on in aviation.
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Nice cans!

JT8D combustor can change.

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Hard job
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Dear Google + :

You do not have the luxury of platform exclusive features anymore.  But perhaps you do not care, as you seem to be killing your G+ baby through neglect anyways.

However; when I want to pin a post to the top of my Collection (collections being something you claim to be one of the cornerstones of G+ now), and find out that I cannot do so, unless I do it on an android device......... that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Is G+ available on iOS and Windows phone?  Accessible with a PC, Apple Computer, Linux, etc??  Then ALL THE FEATURES NEED TO BE UNIVERSAL, you fucking nobs.

I figured I better get this rant out of the way, as I expect to wake up any day now, and find G+ shut down.

#google   #alphabet   #googleplus   #screwed  
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It is upsetting to see the promising projects they allow to fall by the wayside.  
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Getting set for engine runs.

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Standing ground out front-What a rush....!
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Hello fred
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Good morning!

B747-400BCF on the frozen ramp in the Up North

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Good morning from San Luis Obispo,California, our weather is awesome for February, it will be 81 today 😁
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Oil dripped steadily from the jet engine tailpipe
Forming a green-blue puddle upon the pale concrete
Tattooing yet another stain upon its brittle honor

The Boeing 747 sat heavily in the hot sun
Looking for all the world like it knew
Knew that one of its engines was shit
Knew that it had used four gallons of oil on a three hour flight
Knew that it wasn't going much of anywhere for now

Somewhere else in the world
A small team of mechanics was busy
Packing their tools
Gathering up supplies
Forking an engine change kit to the main ramp
Unwrapping a spare engine

Getting ready to leave for a few days in the sun
A welcome respite from the winter blues

Sometimes the gods of aviation give good with the bad
And this was one of those times
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I would pin this to the top of my aviation related Collection, if I could:

Welcome to my Aircraft & Aviation Maintenance Collection!  I hope you enjoy the photos and occasional commentary you find here.

In addition to the 'normal' photos of aircraft, that you'll find in most aviation collections, you will note many pictures of the 'nuts and bolts' of aviation.  Showing some of the maintenance, assembly, disassembly, and repair work that goes on behind the scenes.

So, to make your time looking more enjoyable, please keep a few things in mind:

1 - Consider this more of an Intermediate to Advanced type of experience.  Previous knowledge of aircraft and their parts will help you appreciate what you see.

2 - Think before you post a question in the comments section of a post.  Google can answer most aircraft information and theory questions much better than I can, so make use of it.  Instead, use the comments to add to the quality of what you see; or to ask me questions about aviation as seen through my eyes, so to speak.  i.e.: "How do airplanes fly", would be a lame question to ask here, but "What do you think of the newest PWXXXX jet engine that is coming out soon?", would be an interesting question to ask.

And when I caption a photo, with something like "Here we are disassembling the HPT Stage 1 module from a CFM56".  Please don't ask me what that is.  I just told you what you are looking at.  If you need to know, do your research.

My most hated type of question to see in the comments, are things such as "How many of those Boeing 747's did they make?".  Do you really think I know that off the top of my head?  I'll have to Google it, in order to answer you, just like you would.  

3 - I will not comment on most things regarding the company I work for; and will comment NOTHING about any customers we may have.  So don't ask me what customer owns which airplane, or what they are having done and why.  

And if you see a registration number on an aircraft in the photo; and then you ask me "Who owns that airplane?"  I probably will not answer you.  Google it, as I probably cannot comment on that.

4 - Do not ask me if you can work for my company.  I do not do the hiring; and I will NOT recommend you to be hired.  If I do not know you personally or professionally; you should know better than to ask.

5 - Don't post your crackpot or conspiracy theory rants in my comments.  Joking is fine, if you know what I mean.  But trying to 'educate' me about something like Chemtrails will just get you blocked and deleted as fast as I see it.

6 - Don't post your company or personal information, in hopes of getting free advertising or business out of it.  Just.  NO.  

If you want to advertise in my comments, I do have a Paypal account, and I charge $10.00 US per comment post.
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You can find it on the Kulula website
http://www.kulula.com/flights/fleet/gallery

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The next customer:  A former United Airlines Boeing 767.  

Time to start opening for inspection, repair, and modifications!

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I a n wondering how much maintenance thus plane will need? 
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Work
Occupation
Full time Aircraft Inspector, part time School Board Member, poet, writer, and publisher
Employment
  • Au Gres-Sims School District
    School Board Member, 2014 - present
  • Kalitta Air
    A&P Inspector, 2007 - present
  • Pratt & Whitney Plattsburgh Flight Test
    Lead Inspector, 1999 - 2007
  • Kitty Hawk International
    AOG Mechanic, 1998 - 1999
  • American International Airways
    Aircraft Mechanic, 1992 - 1998
  • Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith (Law Firm)
    Office Services Clerk, 1990 - 1992
  • Meijer
    Housewares Associate, 1989 - 1990
  • Michigan State University Housing
    Summer Janitor Guy, 1989 - 1989
  • McDonald's - David Rudd Enterprises
    Grill Cook, 1988 - 1989
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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
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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!
Education
  • East Lansing High School
    High School Diploma, 1984 - 1988
    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
    1976 - 1984
    Catholic Gradeschool; church every single morning.
  • Lansing Community College School of Aviation
    Aviation Maintenance Technology, 1988 - 1991
    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.
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Other names
Eric Robel, Frederick Robel, Frederick D Robel II