There is one guy at our shop who has coined his fair share of terms that we use here in OAK. I would like to share these terms with you guys and maybe you guys have some terms you would like to add to our Dictionary. Thank you to the mechanic I will call- Non-Sched for your library of terms.
Your Turn in the Barrel It’s your turn to work the broke plane.
Smoking a Turd in Purgatory What ever you are doing is going to damn you to hell.
Quick Flip Working a shift-being off for 8hrs and coming back.
IFE In Flight Emergency
Change the Big Part R/Ring the largest, most expensive piece in the system.
Rag Wrench It! Wiping a leak down and calling it good. Derogatory remark. “All he did was rag wrench it!”
Change the Carburetor Change the MEC or HMU on an engine.
Putting out Fires Solving all the issues pilots have.
Take it to the Box Take the plane to the run up hole.
Men Who Stare at Planes Mechanics who don’t work very hard.
Push it to the Pad Take the plane off line-ground it.
Fielding Gate Calls The process of answering and doing gate calls
Make it go Bye Bye Fix it and get it out of town.
Your on Deck You are next up for a call.
Is it Taco’d? Is it messed up beyond repair?
Premium Call A very easy gate call
Jamalphed All messed up
Not Enough Bounces Not enough landings
Dolls Eye Indicator Ball indicator
GSP Gravy Sucking Pig
There are more but some are not easily translated into something that would make sense to anyone but a person who was around at the time, like “Swivel Hips”.
All these terms are an amalgamation of years of airline experience, people, and actions. These are terms that are used almost daily here in OAK and will be with me long after my time at SWA is over. Some may think that these types of things don’t mean much but I argue that they do. If you know that it’s “your turn in the barrel” then you may be “changing the big part” because the old one is “taco’d”. When you are done you can “take it to the box” and if your good and not just a “man who stares at planes” then you can “make it go bye bye”. And that’s what we are all about.