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I am officially an Airframe Mechanic ( U.S Only)

11 May

God is great. All praise to him, last saturday after a long grilling test 15 hours on doing both my General and Airframe Orals and Practicals, I passed my exam. I can officially work on the Airframe bit of any US registered aircrafts. hallelujah!!! I have been in class for the past 8 months studying for this. A course that is done in 2 – 3 years, I’m doing it in 1 year. So you can imagine the pressure at hand, the expectations to meet. My visions and my goals. I never thought I could get here, considering that I have no experience or background in aviation.

Well incase you don’t know what the “Airframe” is. It’s to do with the structure of the plane, the major part of its electrical system, the hydraulic/ Pneumatic system, its assembly and rigging and much more ( ask me this question later or check on google).  It takes a lot to engineer an aircraft and it also takes a lot to maintain it and keep it in service. I definitely appreciate people who can cover a plane with fabric, people who are capable of trouble shooting a system and much more. As a mechanic, all the glory seems to go to the Pilot. Well he/she has done a good job, there is a lot that went on to put the plane in the air. Everyone plays a vital role to making you have a safe journey. Any error made by the maintenance guy, will reflect on the pilot flying the plane and could in turn cause casualties. My point in case is, if you really want to become an aircraft mechanic, (DONT DO IT FOR THE MONEY). Make sure your heart is there because, your error will kill people. The most important factor to consider in the aviation industry is the “Human Factor”. We are human beings, but we must reduce the error to the minimum in fact there should be no error whatsoever.

I’m glad and happy I received my airframe license from SMAT (school of missionary aviation technology). But at the same time, I have a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I must always do my job right or people might die because of something small I overlooked.

Conclusion, I am so happy I’ve got my airframe exam out of my way. Phewww!!! Now I need to get my Power plant by the end of July 🙂 My next step, after that it’s flying.

Have a blessed week guys 😉


Dallas and Chicago

20 Mar

It doesn’t matter which camera you use to do your photography. The key factor is the skill. Obviously there are those camera’s that have much more to offer than the rest but the key factor is skill. I took some pics with my Sony cam, 7.2 megapixel. This is what she had to show:

Random yet interesting. My girlfriend Wangechi... love this girl 🙂

The landscape from above

Clouds.. Clouds.. Clouds

From the wing of an EMB (Embraier)

Slats are out, preparing for descent. This allows more airflow to the bottom of the airfoil across the leading edge, being that the speed has been reduced. I love planes.

Cloud nine 😉

Chicago, IL. The view from the side of the wing 😉

Alaska Airlines. I love the emo stencil on the rudder.

Breath taking moment.

Well that’s all for now. I love photography.

Have a blessed week filled with inspiration for a better future.

Being an Aircraft Mechanic

27 Feb

Last year I decided to finally make a choice in adding to the diversity of my career options. I’m studying to be an aircraft mechanic. It has been a crazy journey trying to decide what path to take. I really wanted to do animation too, so the battle in my head was going on for 8 months trying to decide what to do. Finally “the bing sound popped”, the light buzzed in my head and after loads of prayer and gut feeling, I wanted to be an aircraft mechanic which will eventually lead into me becoming a pilot. Despite knowing nothing about it, I am willing to learn the jacks of the trade. My dream is to fly, over the rainbow so high (you know how the song goes). Since I was a Kid, I knew I wanted to fly. I played with Jet toys (if that’s not a sign, i don’t know how more clear God could have been in showing me what I was born to do and don’t tell me, it was to play with Jets). I was born to fly. Fly away from the traffic, noise and congestion in the city. When your up there it’s like a hole different world of low pressure, sometimes high humidity anyway what I meant to say is its peaceful up there. No nagging noise over you apart from the ATC when you want to descent.

The aviation industry ain’t exactly kind on the women. To be honest sometimes I feel like some men are threatened by women. This doesn’t apply to all men, I admire the men who are beside their women and their careers. I salute you because you’re making the world a better place for women to have the same opportunities and chances in life. Putting the “E” in equality. I’m not feminist but I’m just saying.

First two months of class we’re tough because I had no mechanic experience (I didn’t know what a ratcheting wrench was?). Having my blonde moments in class, but being in a school that’s patience enough to teach knowing that you know nothing is quite a relief. There are those days I’m confused on my direction, then a blinking light in my head comes on, “I’ve wanted to do this for the longest, singing the same song over and over to myself and those around me”. Coming to the states has been a new experience. My mum, friends and family back home plus my dad being an 8 hour drive away from me still makes me feel alone even though I’m around people and in class 8 hours a day from 7.00 am to 3.30 pm. I’ve decided to be writing my weekly accounts of what’s been going on in my life, to keep sane. (I’m not going crazy FYI). Being an aircraft mechanic has its pros and cons. For me the pros outweigh the cons.

It’s amazing what how aviation has grown and what it’s going to become. Who knows, maybe I’ll design the “jetsons” era. There is nothing stopping our mind from seeing far ahead from now. When I think of 2050, I think we’ll have flying cars. Yes… flying cars, I said it. I keep dreaming about it all the time. The james bond movies showed that car that can float on water and drive on land so we make a turbo-charged engine. Well these are a few of the highlights of my past few months. Everyday there something new I learn about the airframe aspect of the plane and I’ll be learning on the Power plant bit soon. You would not believe the amount of wiring that goes into a plane… OMG, let me not start. The part I’m getting to love is the sheet metal part, where you get to fabricate repairs, rivet. It makes me feel powerful, handling the drills, rivet guns. Power to me. I’m much more confident at my skills in riveting than when I started. Not making smily faces on my rivets. lol.

Have an awesome week guys.