Ryan, a helicopter mechanic, spends his typical day performing maintenance on helicopters in Hawaii and keeping them up to FAA standards. He started out taking a 3 year auto program in high school followed by two years in a technical college, and has worked on cars, boats and now helicopters. He tells us that it is quite difficult to become a helicopter pilot as a civilian. You need either 3 years of experience or military experience in order to qualify.
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on airplanes and helicopters. They also inspect airplanes and helicopters as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traditionally, mechanics have advanced from general aviation jobs to airline jobs. Because salaries are similar between general aviation and airline companies, however, mechanics also should consider the work environment as they search for jobs. Although airline jobs come with standby travel perks, these mechanics often have to work outside, whereas mechanics at corporations or repair shops often work in climate-controlled buildings.
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