That’s Interesting

Discovered the other day that Grant County International (KMWH) where I work was once host to the Concorde SST for FAA certification testing in 1974.

Concorde SST, KMWH, FAA certification testing, 1974

Interestingly — or at least, interesting to me — is that I work on that same very same ramp.

We don’t have any Concordes landing here nowadays.

[Randomness Begins]

We do have a bit of history that Grant County International KMWH helps along the way.

For example, the Eviation Alice electric twin-commuter is based here. I haven’t heard it flying yet. Perhaps I haven’t been within earshot on the occasion that it’s been in the air. Or the various GPUs, turbines, and such around me are just too noisy to notice its flights.

There’s not much GA that I’ve noticed at KMWH. I would guess it’s because KEPH is just up the road and is probably less expensive for General Aviation.

There are some typical small aircraft for flight school at Big Bend Community College on the south end of the field.

Then there’s the periodic arrival of various military aircraft. Things like V-22s and UH-60s, C-17s, P-8s, F/A-18s, and KC-135s. I haven’t noticed any KC-46s yet.

Then there’s the occasional 777 and 787. They often do rather expeditious ascents and they’re comparatively incredibly quiet even at takeoff power.

Oh, and the Boeing 737 MAX, which we see and release every now and again.

But still the same ramp.

Oh, also…

Like a phoenix, rising from its own ashes, I’ve metaphorically crawled from my own ashes and am now proudly doing something that is completely unlike the previous two careers that I’ve had… ehem…

I’m an actual 737 aircraft mechanic.

With everything that I and my family have endured over the past five-ish years, I’m kinda proud of that.

No, I don’t have my A&P licenses yet.


They’re not at all required as a mechanic at an MRO. But that absolutely doesn’t mean I’m not going to get them. They’re just on hold with the timing of the whole offer/acceptance/start/onboarding with Boeing.

Words Mean Things, Part II

Another gem I’d encountered on one of the certification tests last night, contained several questions that were presented thusly:

Q) Is [some question], yes or no?
- True
- False

Clearly [some question] was an actual context-specific question.

I was, for a moment going to answer, in every case, True — because logical reasoning. Of course it’s “yes or no” provided some question was presented.

if [ <some test> ]

Or, because it’s “or”, we would use a boolean OR statement (the double-pipe, ||) and state it this way:

if [ <a question> ] || [ <the same question> ]

But social reasoning and compassion prevailed so I answered them.

  • True
  • False
  • False
  • True…

Words Mean Things

So I’m clicking through some certification documents and processes. One of them is a long preliminary explanation followed by a multiple choice exam. The topic is on Bend Radius for electrical wiring installations.

The first question was effectively: what is the definition of a bend radius?

A. The minimum angle…

B. The maximum angle…

C. The sharpest angle…

D. None of the above.

So, I click “D. None of the above.” Why? Because a radius (a distance from a point) isn’t an angle, duh.

But it’s marked wrong.


Edit: and then there’s the misuse and misapplication of commas.