March 15, 2009

Finally Named N498TH

A few days ago I had the tanks topped-off so it would be ready for it's Weight & Balance check.
After refueling the fuel handler asked. "Does this plane have a number?".
It wasn't painted on yet, but it is now!


(Nice job Brian!)

In another week or so, it will be back in the air after a seven year absence and a five year restoration project.

.(Thanks Tom, John, Brian, Angie, and Roy!) (And Mike for the W&B.)

Posted by Dan at 06:59 PM

December 02, 2008

Regime Change - Closing of This Blog

There has been a regime change at the Stratford School for Aviation Maintenance Technicians (SSAMT). Goofball is no longer in charge. This is good for the school.

No more Gary,
No more Fool
(I.E. Goofball)
At The School

"God's in His Heaven, All's Right With the World"

This will be the last posting to this blog.

A True Friendl

Posted by Dan at 10:53 AM

September 05, 2008

Future N498TH (A.K.A. N26464)

Here is my Cheetah, primed and ready for it's new paint.


It will be getting a new name, N498TH, along with new "clothes". Named after the 498TH Medical Company (Air Ambulance), the Army unit I served with for three years. That's Angie, at Aero Design Concepts, making sure it is ready for painting.

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August 06, 2008

Lighter Side of School

One project at school was to get a jet engine (J-34) to run. Joe took the following video during the test.
J-34 Test Run

Yours truely is the "cowboy".

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After Graduation

All my classmates are certified FAA Aiirframe and Powerplant Mechanics and they have the plastic to prove it.
Steve, Joe, Brian, Jeff, Mike, John AND Will are now working for Mr. Sikorsky
The Mechanic

Rich is a mechanic on the EAA's Aluminum Overcast and will be flying from Oshkosh, WI to Oxford, CT this month.
Aluminum Overcast Crew
Rich is "the one on the right side of the picture with the yellow jacket sun
glasses and big forehead".

I'm trying to get my Grumman Cheetah (AA5A) back into the air.
This is how it arrived at school.
Poor N26464
Every day at school my plane got lighter and more pieces were bagged and tagged and put in boxes. Now the plane with the boxes are in Westfield, MA. I'm working to get flying by the end of the year.

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August 03, 2008

Graduation, No Family or Friends

I attended the school graduation of the class that graduated at the end of my first year at the school, June 2006. Speechs were made, diplomas handed out, and cookies served. The teachers cleaned up well with jackets and ties. I enjoyed the ceremony along with their Family and Friends. That would be the last time family and freinds would attend. The next class and my class voted not to have a graduation ceremony. The reason? We didn't want goofball to attend. The tradition has continued for the class of June 2008. It is sad to see this happen to a good school and I'm sad I'm too old to fight for the "regime change" needed.

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My Suspension

What could I, a sixty-two year old student, do to get suspended ? I entered an "Unautorized" zone at school..
The unautorized zone was the janitor's garage where my toolbox was being hidden. It was my damaged toolbox that the trucking company didn't pick up after it delivered my replacement toolbox. I called the accounting office of the maker of the $5,000 toolbox and they told me I could do what I wanted with the toolbox. I was willing to donate it to the school, but the Goofball (see last posting) tried to confiscate it. At lunch time, so I would not loose any trainging time :-), I entered the garage and removed my toolbox and then sat outside to eat my lunch where I normally do. Now the entertainment began. The janitor notices my toolbox is missing from his garage. He goes to the assistant-principal (Goofball) and asks were it is. Goofball doesn't know. The janator finds me and asks the same question and I tell him, "It is gone." Goofball calls the State Police. They find me and ask me to go to the "Goofball's" office. The principal shows up. (I wrote him a letter, the week before, telling him what I planned to do.) There was lots of talk and the shuffling of paper. In the end, I was "given" my toolbox but suspended for entering an "Unauthorized Zone".Now that's entertainment!

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Posted by Dan at 07:59 PM