2020 SCC AMT Supplies List

This is the list of supplies needed for the first ten courses for the Spokane Community College (SCC) Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT). Apparently, we no longer use the term Airframe & Powerplant (A&P).

What’s needed should you take on a current Aircraft Maintenance Technology course program nowadays?

Supplies

These are specific to the programs at Felts Field hosted by Spokane Community College:

  • One 3-Ring notebook: you won’t need anything spectacular. I use a super-inexpensive binder with D-Rings like this one.
  • 200-ish sheets of notebook paper per quarter. I also like to have a 1/4″ spiral-bound graphing notebook.
  • 3 pens & pencils per quarter and 1 highlighter. I’ve been using pens long enough that I have a particular opinion and preference for pens. But, use pens that you like.
  • 1 handheld scientific calculator (TI-30 or equivalent). I already have a Canon F-766S that is (mostly) equivalent to a TI-30 that I used for ballistics, geometry, and trigonometry some years ago. They didn’t specify what variant of the TI-30 would be acceptable, but I would envision that any subsequent TI-30 version has the same capabilities. Also, the TI-30 goes back a few years… to about 1976.
  • 16 GB flash drive. Minimum size required: 16GB. Maximum size? Not important. Speed? Not important — but for 16GB, they’ll definitely be within the appropriate USB-2-class for speed. This is suitable.
  • 1 Ultra-fine Sharpie. Fortunately, I use them all the time, so I buy them in quantities of 5 – 10. These are fine.
  • Color pencils, box of 12. Yep, just a box of 12.
  • Scissors. They didn’t specify what they’d be used for. So, general purpose with a grip large enough for me to get a reasonable purchase with dexterity issues, these will probably be fine.

Not included in the list is a critically-important tool: a modern laptop or a modern tablet that can render the PDFs and the FAA FAR AMT website. You’ll have it in the hangar, but you cannot use your phone as a PDF reference in the hangar because it poses an absolute safety risk.

Books

These apply to everyone who learns A&P in the USA. The good news is that most of these are freely available from the FAA. The links are directly to the source.

Freely (free, as in ‘beer’) available PDFs 📗 and the complete CFR 📒 content.

  • 📗Aircraft Inspection Repair and Alterations AC 43.13-1B & 2A.
  • 📒Federal Aviation Regulations for Aviation Maintenance Technicians. Yes, it, too, is freely available, but it’s subject to change periodically. How often depends entirely upon the courts and the FAA.
  • 📗Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – General, FAA-H-8083-30A.
  • 📗FAA A&P Mechanics Airframe Handbook Vol. I & II: FAA-H-8083-31. Volume I, Volume II.
  • 📗A&P Mechanics Powerplant Handbook FAA-H-8083-82. Volume I, Volume II.
  • Standard Aviation Maintenance Handbook, Jeppesen OR ASA Aviation Mechanic Handbook. I bought the latter. It was about US$15. Bonus points because it’s available spiral-bound. I don’t recall how much the Jeppesen Standard Av. Maint. Handbook is. Let me Google that for you
  • SCC AMTP General, Airframe, Powerplant Projects Handbook. This is not a nationwide requirement and, given the topic and intent of the book, it’s only available from the instructor. Yes, we’ll be actually building some of the tools that we’ll need in subsequent courses, which I’m rather looking forward to.

Optional

These are, as its heading implies, optional. I, however, would rather have something and not need it than to need something and not have it. So, looking for the least expensive options — used in some cases of course — here’s what I’ve found:

  • Aircraft Technical Dictionary: Jeppesen Version. Direct from Jeppesen for an acceptable US$21. There is an E-book edition for a few dollars less, but because I don’t yet transition my notes fluidly from print to E-books, Dead-Tree Edition it is.
  • Aircraft Electricity & Electronics: 6th Edition: This one seems rather difficult to pin down. It’s available presently, but it’s seems about $50. I think I ordered a used one for about $15 a few weeks ago.
  • Jeppesen Airframe Technician Textbook: Pilot’s HQ has the A&P Technician Airframe Textbook at a lower price than Jeppesen. It can be found cheaper, but like all things the cheaper it gets, the less value it will have. Still, as long as the pages are all there with minimal writing, it’ll be fine.
  • Jeppesen Powerplant Technician Textbook: it’s about $70 from Jeppesen. It’s readily available used from about $20 to about $40 and a few dollars for shipping. You’ll also find $5 — but it’s not the textbook. It’s a workbook.

I also keep a copy of UGLY’s Electrical References in a pocket with my calculator on my tool bag as well. It’s not specific to aviation, but it is an electrical reference should I not be able to recall the precise value, arrangement, style, or meaning of a circuit or symbol.

“You mentioned tools,” you say. So naturally, the next question is, “What tools are needed?”

That’s another post.

Hindsight Bias

You cannot know what’s going happen while it’s happening. In literature (or film, or any scripted story) it’s generally predictable. But down here where we live — in real life — the unpredictable cannot be predicted.

A Hindsight Bias is a term used in psychology where one may tend to overestimate their own ability to have predicted an outcome of a scenario that could not possibly have been predicted.

Example, “I knew this would happen!”

No, you didn’t. If you knew it was going to happen, then why were you not prepared and accepting of it happening? Why are you surprised at its occurrence?

More meaningful explanation in the Wiki and some good examples here.

It’s a Conspiracy!

No, it isn’t.

Do not jump immediately to the assumption that everything must be a conspiracy. Hanlon’s Razor always applies: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

And we, in America specifically, are absolutely floundering in — nay. Swimming… basking? — stupidity, arrogance, and a considerable amount of denial.

We — yes, I’m still looking at you, Fellow Americans — could’ve had this sorted a few months ago within just a few weeks and returned to some semblance or normality. But, oh, no… people get together in large groups to protest, argue, and yell about infringing upon “m’rights!”

No, there’s not some government conspiracy to manipulate you into wearing a hijab and accepting Islam.

No, there’s no government conspiracy to force the AI to learn how to use facial recognition through a mask*.

The situation we’re faced with presently, having endured the death of, so far 150,000 Americans, is the direct result of literally screaming at everybody about your “rights”.

But there’s a fundamental right not being discussed — the right to exist.

Your “rights” are fine… up to the moment that your rights negatively impact another’s right to exist, then the discussion and debate becomes meaningless.

Now, let’s talk about conspiracy for a moment:

Borrowing a quote from an old-ish movie from way back in 1984:

That terminator is out there.

It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop. Ever! Until you are dead.

Kyle Reese, Resistance Soldier, The Terminator (1984)

Oh, sorry, let me make one small adjustment to that quote, perhaps it’ll be meaningful — or perhaps it becomes too ‘meta’ for people to comprehend:

That virus is out there.

It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop. Ever! Until you are dead.

You cannot negotiate with a virus. It cares not of your age, gender, race, financial status, political affiliation, or belief system.

Yes, some viruses are rather harmless as far as viruses go — rhinovirus is a good example.

Others are somewhat horrifying. Especially horrifying because there’s a significant pre-symptomatic period (a few weeks) where somebody can be contagious and not even know they’re spreading a virus.

* It’s an absolutely meaningless argument about how, somehow, your face — or your own name, FFS — could possibly be used against you. I’m still trying to comprehend that line or reasoning. Don’t believe me? Go ask an actual, licensed attorney.

The Son of Gerber Incident

How in the world did I manage to break the tip of the #0 (#2?) flathead screwdriver on my multitool?

I do have a rather very vague memory of damaging it. I also know that it was perhaps a few years ago.

Was it around the time of my TBI? Just a few days before? Separating the sequence of events around that time is a bit of a jumble.

I can only assume that I thought at the time, “Oh, that’s annoying… could’ve been worse… I’ll fix it/order a replacement”.

Also, no, I would not have damaged it by using the screwdriver as a pry-bar. A screwdriver is a screwdriver and I know that hardened steel will break, not bend.

So, that’s two MP400s that I’ve damaged in 33 years.

**sigh**

Yep, I’ll keep this one. No need to throw it out. It’d be a good reason to break out the bastard file and see about shaving it down.