Archive for December, 2011

Pitot Tube Replacement

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Pitot tube replacement is an important aircraft mechanic job, and requires knowing the fundamentals of  Pitot-Static tubes.  The basic Pitot tube was invented by Henri Pitot in 1732.  Despite its ancient lineage, it is still useful today.  Pitot-Static tubes (also called Prandtl tubes) are used on aircraft as “speedometers.” The actual tube on an aircraft [...]

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The Red Tail – Globalization in the Aircraft Mechanic Industry

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The documentary film “The Red Tail” was produced in 2009.  It reveals the impact of  globalization and outsourcing on some Northwest Airlines (NWA)  aircraft mechanics.  In 2005, Roy Koch, along with 4,400 airline mechanics, custodians, and cleaners, went on strike against Northwest Airlines, then the fourth largest airline in the world. Northwest, otherwise known as [...]