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Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Can AETS work on more than one Airframe type during there career’s or are they set to what they originally qualify on ?
 
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Waspie

War Hero
You are normally qualified on one airframe/type at any one time. However, over your naval career you may qualify on any number of aircraft types!
There are qualifications you will have to gain after training to qualify you to work on aircraft.
QS or Qualified to Sign. This enables you to sign for the work you carry out on the aircraft you are working upon. It is a one off qualification so no matter what or how many you work on over your career you will only take this exam once.
Then there is QM or qualified to maintain. This is aircraft type specific. So you will have to qualify on each aircraft type you work on. If you leave that type, work on another then return you will be expected to re qualify and gain the QM award again.
Take this with a pinch of salt as my info is old, so hopefully someone who is either still serving or recently in date will confirm or amend my ramblings!!!
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Haha , yes I understand your drunken ramblings , so in which case is it up to you say for example you originally qaulify on wildcat and four years later or so you want to change to lightning that would be something you’d request ?
 

Waspie

War Hero
Don't drink these days. (I get high on life).:rolleyes::D But yes your correct. Wildcat - Lightning - Merlin. You'd qualify on each, (become QM on each). We used to complete a Drafting Preference form when we were approaching the end of a tour to give draft an idea about our aspirations. I suppose they still use this system?
Slight drift now!!
Before my day, 60's 70's as a NAM pre AET. There was a 'Universal Qualification'. Doesn't exist anymore.
This was usually for those maintainers who worked on say a Station flight. These guys would service all the visiting aircraft. Nowadays, the aircrew can inspect their aircraft and sign for it.
When I was a mechanic I had QS and QM on all aircraft types I worked on.
Then;
when I changed trades to aircrew I became QI or qualified to inspect. However, when we detached, as aircrew, I, being an ex 'smelly' was always the one found topping up the systems. Hydraulic fluid, engine oils etc. I had my uses!!!!!
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Ah , if it is still like that then that’s cool , I have a few different aspirations in my head you see so I was interested to find out . Seems somewhat similar to how dad went onto different Airframes with the crabs . Ha Skills are skills even if your not in the job anymore , still usefull tiss why im keen to learn ! Haha once a stinky allways a stinky !
 
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slim

War Hero
Ah , if it is still like that then that’s cool , I have a few different aspirations in my head you see so I was interested to find out . Seems somewhat similar to how dad went onto different Airframes with the crabs . Ha Skills are skills even if your not in the job anymore , still usefull tiss why im keen to learn ! Haha once a stinky allways a stinky !

The term in general use for an airframe & engines geezer used to be GRUBBER;)
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Is there still the opportunity later in my career to do as you did and change trades to aircrew ? I understand that used to be the only way but now it’s direct entry is there still sideways entry? I want to get a trade in aircraft maintaince so its not that I’m one of “ those “ aspiring badge collecter types , but as Ive seen that on a ships wildcat flight they have a grubber winchman , that is something im keen to go for , could this help if say I decided to try for Aircrewman even if I had moved on to another aircraft like lightnings and hadn't done it for a while but its under my belt as it where ? I understand that there are a few rather hard tests and medicals etc so It’s not something that I got my heart set on as such , I’m fully committed to joining as an AET but if opportunities for different roles and experiences arise it would cool to look back on a career and be chuffed you did as much as you could . It’s all far off and im concentrating on getting passed throught all my training first but you cant help but wonder what you could be doing in years to come:cool:
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
You can change aircraft types in your career but understand that the service requirements come first.
I have known many AETs to go aircrew however you need to keep an eye on the age limits etc so you don't miss the chance if that is what you want to do.
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
You can change aircraft types in your career but understand that the service requirements come first.
I have known many AETs to go aircrew however you need to keep an eye on the age limits etc so you don't miss the chance if that is what you want to do.
Yep I fully understand that you will be Told what your doing even if it’s against preference , as per the service needs . From what I have seen 30 is the limit for sideways Aircrewman so I do have some time yet atleast if I decide that’s the direction I would like to head in , for now I will concentrate in doing the best I can in training!
 
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slim

War Hero
Many more opportunities when you leave the RN for AET than for Aircrewman.
I always reckon that planning for life after the RN should start before you even join
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Many more opportunities when you leave the RN for AET than for Aircrewman.
I always reckon that planning for life after the RN should start before you even join
I’ll take that on board (pun unintended ) something I will have to take into account.
 
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Waspie

War Hero
Is there still the opportunity later in my career to do as you did and change trades to aircrew ? I understand that used to be the only way but now it’s direct entry is there still sideways entry? I want to get a trade in aircraft maintaince so its not that I’m one of “ those “ aspiring badge collecter types , but as Ive seen that on a ships wildcat flight they have a grubber winchman , that is something im keen to go for , could this help if say I decided to try for Aircrewman even if I had moved on to another aircraft like lightnings and hadn't done it for a while but its under my belt as it where ? I understand that there are a few rather hard tests and medicals etc so It’s not something that I got my heart set on as such , I’m fully committed to joining as an AET but if opportunities for different roles and experiences arise it would cool to look back on a career and be chuffed you did as much as you could . It’s all far off and im concentrating on getting passed throught all my training first but you cant help but wonder what you could be doing in years to come:cool:
Max, given your posts re your medical problems in the past. Don't put too much store on being a crewie. I'm not putting you down or off, just a realistic outside opinion. I'm NOT saying don't try. But! The medical is without a doubt the biggest cause of failure during the application process. As you have done all along, be honest and give it your all. I'm sure you will anyway. As you rightly say, the wildcat winch mans job is always there!!! If some other git doesn't get there first!!!
If you can hold of it a book called Rescue 177, by WO Aircrewman Jay O'Donnel. He was a grubber, (Airframe and Engines), who changed to aircrew. The book leads up to an epic rescue but it also leads the reader through his life as a 'smellie' then the transition to aircrewman. It's worth a read.
PS. 'Smellie' was the loverly term aircrew gave us grubbers!! They were just jealous of the layers of XG284 grease we smeared over ourselves!!!!!
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Max, given your posts re your medical problems in the past. Don't put too much store on being a crewie. I'm not putting you down or off, just a realistic outside opinion. I'm NOT saying don't try. But! The medical is without a doubt the biggest cause of failure during the application process. As you have done all along, be honest and give it your all. I'm sure you will anyway. As you rightly say, the wildcat winch mans job is always there!!! If some other git doesn't get there first!!!
If you can hold of it a book called Rescue 177, by WO Aircrewman Jay O'Donnel. He was a grubber, (Airframe and Engines), who changed to aircrew. The book leads up to an epic rescue but it also leads the reader through his life as a 'smellie' then the transition to aircrewman. It's worth a read.
PS. 'Smellie' was the loverly term aircrew gave us grubbers!! They were just jealous of the layers of XG284 grease we smeared over ourselves!!!!!
I completely get what you’re saying , and as you say and from what I’ve seen the medical does look like the largest hurdle,although having had all the prodding And tests over the duration of last year , there wasn’t any bars to trades etc not that im trying to convince myself or to justify myself but My eyesight is perfect and my hearing is great never had any medical issues invloing inhalers etc so maybe I may have a chance ? Perhaps the medical is something to ask early on and ethier get the disappointment out the way and concentrate on the next thing or crack on and go for it ? Winchman atleast hopefully, im prepared to work my bollocks off for it . I know im going to smash training my mind is ready , my body is ready I want this ( Naval career ) so much , It been in my head for years and to finally get through the medical only gives me more gratitude and drive not to waste the opportunity I have been given , suppose this is why it’s lead me on to thinking about this and that etc etc
Cheers!
P.s
Ill have a look for the book
 

Waspie

War Hero
I completely get what you’re saying , and as you say and from what I’ve seen the medical does look like the largest hurdle,although having had all the prodding And tests over the duration of last year , there wasn’t any bars to trades etc not that im trying to convince myself or to justify myself but My eyesight is perfect and my hearing is great never had any medical issues invloing inhalers etc so maybe I may have a chance ? Perhaps the medical is something to ask early on and ethier get the disappointment out the way and concentrate on the next thing or crack on and go for it ? Winchman atleast hopefully, im prepared to work my bollocks off for it . I know im going to smash training my mind is ready , my body is ready I want this ( Naval career ) so much , It been in my head for years and to finally get through the medical only gives me more gratitude and drive not to waste the opportunity I have been given , suppose this is why it’s lead me on to thinking about this and that etc etc
Cheers!
P.s
Ill have a look for the book
Best advice. Just give what you have. You can't do better than that. As for going aircrew. Go for it. The only way we know is if we at least give it our best shot. All to many times I have listened to folk whining on about aircrewman. When it comes down to it I would say in 95% of times its because they didn't apply. How can you know if you don't at least go for it. may the force be with you buddy.
 

Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Best advice. Just give what you have. You can't do better than that. As for going aircrew. Go for it. The only way we know is if we at least give it our best shot. All to many times I have listened to folk whining on about aircrewman. When it comes down to it I would say in 95% of times its because they didn't apply. How can you know if you don't at least go for it. may the force be with you buddy.
I think during the course of this last year my mind has gone from the mopeing and whining this isn’t fair etc,to getting back up, dusting myself off,and running back at the shop window:D
I feel like I need to return a star wars quote
“Do or do not but there is atleast try”’edited haha
Cheers!
 

Waspie

War Hero
Also to add found it on ebay for £3.55! So I bought it, is Burning and turning the next one on ?
I was going to put mine into print but a few others have beat me to it so I'm not bothering. I've told the kids what they do with it after I've gone is up to them. Dave Peel did 'On the Wire' another tale from the winch wire. I do have some of my work in print, it's part of Larry Jeram Croft and Terry Martins book of the Wasp. Wasp an Operational and Retirement History . One tale about 'grubbers' the second when I was Wasping.
 

Waspie

War Hero
Maybe worth doing now as these other stories were published some time ago perhaps?
Nah! It was done for family. I never really talked about it when I was in. So I thought before I get too old to write it all down.
Doesn't make for polite after dinner chit chat. "And what did you do today dear?'
Oh, I sat on my arse in the back of a helicopter searching for dead bodies. And even I can understand my wife not wanting to know how many grease nipples there are on a Wessex main rotor head!!!! Bad enough her moaning about putting manky overalls in her precious washing machine!!!! lol
 
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