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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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Fairey Hendon, if anyone wonders.
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Here, you will find aviation stories that were passed down to me, and others of things that happened to me. Which is which, is it tall or is it true?

As with most things in life, it’s often a mix of both; though some of the tales are indeed pure fiction.

The tales will have you believing in Superman, in form of an airplane that can cut through radio towers and fly on like nothing happened, that physics can be suspended, that the cherry pie is the best choice always, and that that I only have three toes on one foot.

The poetry will expose the inner voice that speaks to us sometimes when we day dream about our airplanes. Or describe the recurring nightmares that we have when we are so eaten up by our work, and aircraft, that our REM sleep is polluted with it. How we love to hate them, and hate to love them, because she is in the end, an aluminum bitch.

Also includes the acclaimed novelette, Kisses, Blood, Kerosene, & Silk.
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Gear shaft concentricity check.

JT8D accessory gearbox

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If I were brave, I would do this with my Oliver No 11 typewriter.

The poor thing is so dirty and rusty, that it desperately needs to come apart anyways.

And I can't seem to find anything similar to this with an Oliver.

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Assembly is reverse of removal...
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Accessory gearbox half is aligned for final assembly.

JT8D accessory gearbox.

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I remember those first plane came out...... they are beautiful place......
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It was a sad day, that we scrapped out our B720 flying engine testbed aircraft. 2008

Those light blue shrouded lines you can see on the LH side of the photo, were part of the fuel feed system for the aft engine mount positions. I did most of the installation work on those. Kind of bittersweet seeing them exposed again, in a very violent way, for the last time.


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Yes +Scott Strang It was a variation on the 707. Shorter fuselage, and a different wing profile (which made maintenance a b.i.t.c.h.), because it incorporated a fiberglass 'glove' over the top of the wing, on the portion inboard of the inboard pylons.

This was one of the American Airlines B720's oriniginally, converted to B status, sold to MEA for a while, then picked up by Pratt & Whitney.
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The road ends here.

North breakwall, mouth of the AuGres River.

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Oh! +Fred Robel​ got killer hangover & forgot I was on vacation until I saw your big face to cheer me up & schmartz 
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"Enormous Smallness, written by Matthew Burgess and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo, details the life of poet E.E. Cummings for fans of all ages. From Cummings’s fairly ordinary childhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to his adventures in Europe and New York City, the book spans the decades of writing, working, and experiencing the world that made Cummings an extraordinary artist.

The story that emerges is one of a boy who loved observing the world as much as he did participating in it — a boy who said “yes” to everything. As Burgess writes, “Yes to the heart and the roundness of the moon, to birds, elephants, trees, and everything he loved.” But the story doesn’t shy away from the good or the bad, including both the praise and support young Cummings got from his parents and teachers, as well as the negative criticism his first book of poems received.

The message to kids is twofold and clear: one, making art is hard work that requires the same dedication and persistence that any other job does for success. And two, so long as you put in the work, you can be a poet or an artist, too. It’s not a message kids hear often but it’s important. As Cummings said in his Harvard graduation speech, we need artists to challenge the way we see and think. And those artists have to start somewhere. This book is a brilliant beginning." – Sara Distin at Tinybop
Enormous Smallness – Work hard and you can become a poet (not a message kids often hear)
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+Bliss Morgan​ - for your wish list
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Putting assembly lube (thick like honey) on the roller bearings of a JT8D engine accessory gearbox. This is immediately before mating the other half of the gearbox housing on top of this.

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Hanging the accessory gearbox on a CFM56-3 turbine engine.

I like the grey 'cage' fixture we use for this. It works really good to hold the gearbox in the correct way.

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Filling a Pratt JT8D-15 engine with many quarts of 2380 turbo oil.

$25 apiece, and we will be draining it all back out after the post maintenance leak checks. Then refilling with long term preservative oil.

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Full time Aircraft Inspector, part time School Board Member, poet, author, and publisher
  • 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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Au Gres, MI USA
Haslett, MI USA - Beekmantown, NY USA - Plattsburgh, NY USA - Greenbush, MI USA - East Lansing, MI USA
Husband, Father, Aircraft Inspector, Author and Poet
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, obligatory selfies, mechanicals, transportation, architecture, and other things.  

In the end, I hope that the things I make and do in life will provide a few bricks to help build humanity to new heights.
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Nothing I like to brag about.
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  • Lansing Community College School of Aviation
    Associate Degree in 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 L.C.C. I did very well, and haven't second guessed my choice (much).
  • East Lansing High School
    High School Diploma, 1984 - 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
    1976 - 1984
    Catholic Grade school; church every single morning.
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Eric Robel, Frederick Robel, Frederick D Robel II