i'm going in as an AET i have my provisional dates, but parents have always said "buttons arn't toys!" just wondering am i going to get to press alot of buttons or just fixing things, i don't mind either, i'm just looking forward to joining.
When i was at Nelson there was a AEM who was telling me a dit about another AEM at yeovilton doing work on Harrier ejector seat and it went off as he was working on him, cut him in 2. Did this happen? Pay attention to safety lectures.
there are many dits concerning bang seat, personally I dont believe the half of them. I have been in aviation since 79 and I only know of 2 seats going off. One at Boscombe Down in the hangar and one at Yeovil airdays in a Harrier
From my days in the FAA the only people who used to get hurt by bang seats were armourers.
The ejector seat bus which travelled to all air stations to give refresher lectures had an ejector seat drogue. The drogue is a parachute which is attached to the seat and automatically fires on ejection. The parachute is there to stabilise the seat. Attached to the parachute line is a cylinder made of metal, this is fired out by a cartridge and deploys the chute. The particular drogue and line had passed through an armourers head, amazingly the armourer lived to tell the tale. I'm sure that Higs, and other Wafus of my era will remember this.