Work today was just another boring day, except we came in 2 hours earlier than usual. I already wake up at 3:30 AM every morning to begin my work on the business for 3 hours. After work, I am limited to only an hour and a half, or Ashley will get upset. Today, we sat around at work doing nothing but waiting to go home. Before the day was over, we found out there was FOD (foreign object damage – anything harmful to the aircraft) in the cockpit. Tricky part is, we cannot remove the ejection seat to look for it.
Yep, so one guy suggested using a bore-scope… nope, wasn’t available for us to check one out. Mirrors… nope, too narrow and couldn’t see a thing.
Now, in case you don’t know me, as far as my military expertise goes, I’m darn good at finding FOD that no one else can find. There were times when they had a whole team of engineers and even technicians figure out where a particular bolt may had fallen in the cockpit. They spent 12 hours ripping panels apart – it took me 5 seconds and put them to shame.
In another incident, someone dropped a light bulb that’s the size of the head of your pen. I found it INSIDE the ejection seat’s safe/arm handle (dangerous to mess with). So what did I do? I turned it upside down and spanked it out. Must be the first time it ever happened.
So anyway, the person that dropped the FOD today got his whole shop in trouble because they were working on it without ‘placing’ it into work in the electronic system. That’s a no-no in our procedures. As punishment, they weren’t allowed to work on it… that means WE weren’t allowed to take anything out.
I got smart on them and had the guys move things around according to my instructions. They wanted to be the ones to find it so they wouldn’t let me in. After 45 minutes, I told them to move aside. I reached into the side console in an awkward but manageable position and found it in 2 seconds. This allowed us to leave an hour early and saved the other shop’s behind.
Some guys have even commented that if FOD is dropped and no one can find it within an hour, they should just give up and wait for me to come in even if it’s 12 hours away. Simply put, I’m the FOD King, lol. They call me “Super Lam.”
That’s my highlight of the day… pretty boring, huh? Meh, back to work!
Thanks for reading!