I have started my on-job-training at MAS and I can tell you that it’s great. They throw you at the workshop and you’re free to learn as much as you can. Yesterday, I learned all about the Fokker 50′s landing gears. Did you know that their shock absorbers have 3 compartments, 2 for high pressure and 1 for low pressure? The high pressure compartments are used for landings and the low pressure one is used to soak up the potholes on the runway while taxing.
We did a little hands on today. Separating the nuts and washers and screws. And we also managed to remove a washer after countless attempt at using the hammer. I’ve seen tools that I have never seen before in my life. There is this one tool that twists wires. It looks like a plier, but it’s not. They have ingenious ways of making nuts stay tight even under the most vigorous vibrations. All by using a piece of locking wire (ordinary wire will do).
Today I went over to the hydraulic workshop to see someone testing out a hydraulic piston. According to the guy, under normal operating conditions, the hydraulic pressure is around 1500PSI. When they do testing, they put it up to 4500PSI. Your car tyre pressure is around 27PSI.
There are many things to be seen and to study. But it’s very relaxing because you do it at your own pace. As first years, we just watch and learn and read manuals. Unfortunately, I am unable to produce pictures from the workshop because no cameras are allowed.
Following a friend’s advice, I have stopped eating chicken for the time being. This is because bird flu has struck KL at Gombak. Anyways, I miss chicken.
Shah Alam and parts of Subang Jaya was flooded a few days ago. But our area, Subang Perdana was unaffected. In certain areas, water was as high as the car’s roof. I’m sure you all read newspapers. It was the worst flood in years. Luckily we were spared. Even if we weren’t, we live on the 4th floor.
Petrol prices have increased 30 cents. Again, this was on the headline. Before you go boycott the government, let me just tell you that the government did not actually increase the price, they just reduced their subsidy on petrol. Now we just get 25 liters for RM50. Hmm… less going out on weekends. Continue reading