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December 2, 2016 by 69 views 1 like
My wife is a pilot. A lot of my wife's friends are pilots. When her pilot friends come over or we are spending time with them they always start talking pilot talk and I have no idea what they are saying! I started to wonder about aircraft maintenance and mechanics. Do we have our own language? When outsiders are amongst us aircraft mechanics do they have trouble understanding what we are talking about?
Of course the answer to both of these questions is: YES! We at SWA have our own lingo we revert to when we are in the break room or trouble shooting, etc. We have the tried and true 3 letter (or more) acronyms such as APU, CDS, EGT, FMC, and on and on and on.
There are other things that we say which are airline maint. specific. I started to compile a list of these sayings. Although I am not close to being finished with my list I figured I would share some with you guys and see if you readers have anything to add. With just one weekends work we at the shop came up with the following:
Aisle Donkey a flight attendant
Dip-Shittery your basic cluster in progress
Angle of the Dangle this refers to using wrenches or tools and how the angle of the fastener relates to the angle of the wrench you are using to remove it.
German Torque unspecified torque on a bolt or fastener.
Pretzelized when something is totally out of shape or crushed up
PBA Prolly-Be-Alright
Lick it, Stick it and Kick it!! MEL the thing and get it out of here.
Pushin' Tin The process of keeping planes in the air. Doing maintenance so the plane keeps flying.
These are just a few of the things we say at work and I will keep adding to the list as time goes on. Until then keep Pushin' Tin!!

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