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      The other first mechanic                     Future of the industry                    Bill O’Brien
          Giacinta Bradley Koontz                    The October issue’s Steve                 When I retired from the
      did a superb job writing this               Prentice Staying Legal article            Venezuelan Air Force, I didn’t
      article (December online feature).          re: EASA – DOT harmonization              know anything about Federal
      Clearly written, very readable,             should be read by everyone inter-         Aviation Regulations.
      and concise, it covers the subject          ested in the country’s and airline           Then when I engaged in an
      very well. Manly created an out-            industry’s future, not just avia-         aircraft maintenance shop in
      standing engine, unfortunately              tion mechanics.                           1996, I heard civil aeronautical
      compromising his eyesight while                This country’s economic state          words that are common now, but
      constructing it. He deserves to be          and air carrier financial health          in those days, they were almost
      better remembered. Sad that his             are undoubtedly tied together.            a mystery. Later, a two-year-old
      engine design was never picked              {Harm}onizing our airlines and            edition of AMT landed in my
      up and built upon. It might                 their regulator (FAA, DOT, etc.)          hands. At the office, we were rel-
      have put aviation years ahead               with Europe’s is sure to have             egated to read previous editions.
      if it had. Thanks for putting               unintended consequences. The              When the days and years passed
      some history into the magazine.                                                       by, I used to look for AMT.
      Mechanics need to be reminded                                                            Through “Bill’s Notes For
      from whence we came.                                                                  Technicians,” I crashed against
                             — Tony Vasko           Write to us!                            the invisible wall of ignorance
                                                       We welcome your comments.            and realized the importance of
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      Ultrasonic inspection                         to publication and may be edited        magazine designed to educate
          Mr. Careless’ guest, Ms.                  for brevity and clarity. These let-     and inform personnel like me.
      Christine Murner, of GE’s Sensing             ters represent the opinions of the         After the web entered our
      and Inspecting Tech, says:                    writers and are not necessarily         offices, we can read earlier edi-
      “Ultrasonic testing normally                  those of AMT magazine.                  tions as well as the latest.
      requires water or other coolant to               Write to: Letters,                      We appreciate the steady
      provide effective transfer of the      
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Description: We appreciate the steady beam of light that we have received from Bill O'Brien. I can say that I have enjoyed each of those articles written with a humorous approach, like "The Rite of Passage," "Grease Monkey," "The Code," "Leaky Boat," "Part 43," "Red Tape," "Silverback," etc.
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