Transmission problems

For those who don’t have a degree in helicopterology, or a brother who does: A chip detector is not a person who goes straight for the snack aisle in the supermarket, but a device that detects ferromagnetic particles (i.e. metal chips from a gear) in the engine’s oil, to provide an early warning of an impending engine failure.

Great, now I’m thinking about potato chips. I’m glad I don’t have any in the house! I find it almost impossible to control myself once I start …

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4 comments on “Transmission problems
  1. RG2Cents says:

    Hah! Those pesky puns sneak into conversations everywhere! 😉

  2. Johsua says:

    As a CFI, I sympathize with Julio. Learning to speak aviation is hard work and partial training is unpredictable.

    At least ATC has never asked one of my students to squawk altitude and then asked if there was a gun on board. I also rarely find a student who wants to cruse at 7500 ft.

  3. MechaNick says:

    Gah! Chip lights how I hate thee. I’m three and a half 10 hour days into a chipped out main gearbox and we only just found the bad bearing. Now we still need to replace it, clean everything and stack it back up, and I’m supposed to go on vacation in 3 days.

  4. Captain Dunsel says:

    There I was, teaching my wife how to fly R/C, as she makes her first takeoff. The model is rocketing down the runway, full throttle. It’s an old B-17 runway; 100′ wide and over a mile long, so there’s lots of space for students.
    Me: “Rotate”
    Her: “Okay”
    The model continues down the runway, blasting along….
    Me (a bit more emphatically): “Rotate!”
    Her: “I am”
    The plane is getting awfully far away….
    Me: “PULL UP!”
    The model shoots straight up! She is a good student, though, so she quickly gets it under control and has an (otherwise) uneventful flight.

    Post flight, when I asked her why she didn’t rotate the aircraft, she asked me why I was asking if the WHEELS were rotating….That day, I started her aviation vocabulary training!

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