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I'm listening to this musical, that someone wrote about the community of Gander Newfoundland, and all the people and planes that got diverted to there on 9-11.

It is quite good. And it brings back memories of the three times I got to visit Gander, in my job with the airline. It is a beautiful place up there.

I question my sanity for listening to it though. As I am still very raw about 9-11. It is always an excercise in holding back tears whenever I watch/read/listen to stories or art about that day.

I took the whole thing very personally. Because of the aircraft angle maybe; or that it all happened only five hours South of where I was at the time, working on an airplane in Plattsburgh, NY.

Anyone else have borderline PTSD for almost no good reason, regarding 9-11?

#911
#ptsd
#musical
#broadway
#canada
#iamstupid
#crybaby

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Anyone else have G+ notifications acting funny for them today? I keep getting red dots or numerals saying that I have notifications..... but then there are not any in the window after I click it up.

But if I go to my most recent posts, sure enough, there are some comments to view.

Something is borked methinks.

#Googleplus
#google
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This Day in Aviation History
August 16th, 1948
First flight of the Northrop F-89 Scorpion.
 
The Northrop F-89 Scorpion was an early American jet-powered fighter designed from the outset as an all-weather interceptor, the first jet-powered aircraft designed as such. Though its straight wings limited its performance, it was among the first United States Air Force (USAF) jet fighters with guided missiles, and notably the first combat aircraft armed with air-to-air nuclear weapons (the unguided Genie rocket)....
 
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Wikipedia, Northrop F-89 Scorpion: http://gstv.us/1DTYI0K
 
YouTube, Northrop F-89 Scorpion, Fred Erb talks about the development of the F-89: http://gstv.us/1DTYJlB
 
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#avgeek #Northrop #F89 #Scorpion #military #USA #aviation #history #GazingSkyward #fb
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Borescope inspection blues. 4th stage of the HPT, Last one!

I'm the king of looping and hanging my scope probe all over the place....When I have a perfectly good Magic Arm sitting right there. Lol
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Sometimes, the guys bring cool stuff in to work on.

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You guessed it: borescope inspecting another CFM56-3 Aircraft engine today.

Almost done.

#avgeek
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One of our B747-400 freighters out on the ramp this morning, with a sunrise rainbow overhead.

My coworker friend Phil Pintar was in the right spot to take this. (fun fact: Phil is the guy that got to run the engines for the Mythbusters episodes when they came up here to film our 747's; he is introduced as "Captain Phil". Which he still gets teased about, absolutely only because of jealousy)

#avgeek
#aviation

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An old Lotus automobile, wastes away in an abandoned storage in Liverpool.

#cars
#automobile

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Earlier, I posted a petition, to ask the Dept of Labor to change the A&P Technician from an "Unskilled to Skilled" classification; and it turns out that things have changed over the years, and while it isn't totally obvious, the DOL does actually consider us to be Skilled Labor. (though there are some things that could be better, as the article touches upon)

TL:DR - Licensed Aircraft Mechanics definitely fall into the "Skilled" tier with the Dept of Labor.

This excerpt covers the basics:

"Fortunately, this perceived insult is a misconception. Although there are issues with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) classification of our craft as mentioned later in this article, the short answer to the first question posed above is that the AMT is considered “skilled,” just in a convoluted way. The DOL no longer maintains a skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled classification title for each occupation, which according to John Goglia, former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member and AMT, hasn’t happened “since the 80’s” (Goglia). In its place, and as “a means of stratifying occupations in terms of their level of required vocational preparation,” the DOL has substituted a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) score for each occupation (onetonline.org). This SVP essentially translates to the time it takes for the average person in the occupation to “learn the techniques, acquire the information, and develop the facility needed for average performance of a job” (ssa.gov). According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), one can gain SVP “in a school, military, institutional or vocational environment through such settings as: vocational training, apprenticeship training, in plant training, on-the-job training, and essential experience in other jobs” (ssa.gov)."

Additionally, page 3 & 4 of the following document, shows the SVP rating for various types of vocational/technical job preparation tracks.

https://www.bls.gov/ncs/ors/estimation_considerations.pdf

#avgeek
#aviation
#airplane

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Edit: I may have been taken in by an outdated concern/gripe (See newer post on subject)

This is a Change.org petition to have A&P technicians listed as "Skilled Labor" with the Dept of Labor, rather than our current (and blatantly incorrect) listing as "Unskilled".

#aviation
#avgeek
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