New Apprentice Joins the Museum

For a long time I  have been discussing how we here at the museum can give back to the aviation community, specifically getting the younger generation involved. An opportunity presented itself in the way of mentoring a young man everything we know, so that he can earn his airframe and powerplant certificate.  Introducing Sean Phillips!  Sean is a 24 year old Washington State native that I have had the pleasure of knowing for the last 5 years. He is an extremely hard working individual who has a drive to learn everything he can.


Here we have Sean installing the flap actuator for out 1959 Beechcraft Bonanza Model K


Typically most people get their air frame and power plant certificates by going to an accredited  2 year program put on by a college. Big Bend Community College, Everett Community College, and South Seattle Community College are some of the schools near us that offer this program. There is, however, another way to earn your certificates. That is by being an apprentice under mechanics who already have their A&P and IA certificates. It is required by the FAA to have 30 months of continuous education, documenting your work. This then qualifies the individual to take the FAA exams



Learning how to properly safety bolts is a huge part of being an A&P


Sean joined us here at the Museum in early June as a volunteer to help us get ready for the fly in season which was fast approaching. All of the tasks given to Sean, he was able to complete very easily.  It was then decided by Museum management to have Sean join us with aircraft maintenance and restoration. Sean’s eagerness to learn has allowed him to pick up given tasks quickly. So I decided to sit down with Sean and the Director of the Museum, Jim Jenkins, and put forth a great idea: Bring on Sean as an apprentice so he can learn from us to obtain his A&P certificates.  The director thought this was an excellent idea and offered great encouragement.  Sean has now joined us here at the Museum, and he is on his way to earning his A&P under the tutelage from all of us here at the Museum.


Buffing out the finish on the panels of our Geebee Model “E”


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