By Stephen P. Prentice
Catch-22 . . . a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem . . . Websters. Reference: "Catch-22," by Joe Heller.
Anyone who has read Joe Heller's popular book would agree that it is entertaining and created a sort of pop philosophy of life. The story has many gems including of course the philosophy of the Catch-22.
Joe Heller's Capt. Yossarian for example maintained that a pilot who was willing to fly a bombing mission must be crazy, and therefore should not be allowed to fly, but a pilot who did not want to fly was considered sane and therefore fit to fly . . . go figure.
The dictionary relates a common show business axiom as follows: "no work unless you have an agent, no agent unless you've worked." Sound familiar?
A recent discussion with a furloughed mechanic brought up the subject of training and the need to pursue it vigorously.
In today's airline employment arena one generally must have "large jet" experience to get into the airline maintenance business. You all have seen the ads in the trade magazines
. . . minimum two years experience Garrett and PT6 turboprops
. . . minimum four years helicopter maintenance
. . . DC9, Boeing experienced mechanics
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