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Aircraft Inspector

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People entrust their lives to aircraft inspectors in the hope that they are properly maintaining and safely assessing the structural and mechanical components of aircraft carriers. When people feel turbulence on a plane or anything that disrupts their general feelings of aircraft safety, they hope that everything on a plane is regularly maintained and working in good condition. Aircraft inspectors are responsible for inspecting aircraft following manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair or overhaul.

An unsafe aircraft is a true tragedy, a flying disaster, if you will. It is a hazard to people both on the plane and on the ground. Aircraft inspectors play a crucial role in the aircraft industry, ensuring that all airplanes are safe for flying. Before a aircraft returns to the skies, an inspector must ensure that all components work properly and safely. Therefore, they put the aircraft through a number of standard tests, which consequently make frequent fliers feel a lot safer about air travel.

Aircraft inspectors must be knowledgeable about aircraft equipment, including radio, radar and instruments, and electro-mechanical systems, including cabin pressure systems, oxygen equipment and altitude measuring instruments. They also need to know about approved repair techniques, safe work practices and aeronautical safety rules, regulations and methods. It is crucial that aircraft inspectors keep their skills up to date and are aware of the latest technologies.

Work as an aircraft inspector usually involves a lot of paperwork. During the inspection, there is a check list to be completed and inspectors must also keep other detailed records on all repair orders and inspection findings. Therefore, aircraft inspectors must be able to communicate clearly in writing. They may also give technical assistance and suggestions on determining the kind and method of repair and assist in training new inspectors.

They also work on preventative maintenance, as certain parts of an aircraft have a limited lifespan. Therefore, when airplane records suggest that a component be replaced, they quickly order the maintenance work, so that problems will not occur in the future.

Inspectors may specialize in different types of aircraft, such as small aircrafts, helicopters, propeller-driven airplane and large, turbo transport aircraft carriers. Large aircraft are often quite sophisticated in that they may possess many electronic, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and propulsion systems.
 
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Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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