Archive for April, 2009

Inevitibility

Posted in Radio Control on April 13, 2009 by camarojones

Like most motorcycle riders may know…it’s not if you crash, it’s when.

Well, the same goes for radio control…and it happened this weekend.

The air was warm, the wind calm, and I was in a great mood.

I took off, flew around and generally had some good fun. I decided to bring it in for a touch and go then the wind decided to play a game and before I knew it I was in a tailwind with barely any airspeed.

I’ve flown here at my father-in-laws on quite a few occasions. Every time, I’ve given myself plenty of room to land incase of an abort. Well, this time the tailwind pushed me further down the field than I wanted to go and the engine quit. All at the same time.

Near the end of the landing area, is a small brush pile. You know, the country-style burning brush pile.

I found out that the plane is much less sturdy than it looks.

p_00088 It may only look like a broken wind and landing gear, but it was also the wing braces, the fuselage-wing mounting pads, and the entire tail. All broken, and ready for the trash.

A more experienced flyer/builder may have been able to salvage this plane, but I cannot.

The good thing, it that the engine and electronics are perfectly sound and work just fine. A basic ARF kit plane is going to set me back from $100 to $300, but all I have to do it put it together and start flying.

Economics

Posted in Work on April 6, 2009 by camarojones

1208007205_fb55b58e97Normally, I wouldn’t talk much about economics, and that includes tonight.

The job front has been going well…except for a recent issue that I’ve only now been able to relax over.

My last job, Wyle, turned out to be a no-go. I was doing good. All my coworkers were praising me for my inthusiasm, quick learning, work habits, but unfortunately for me, the boss wasn’t so impressed.

His 3 main rules that he based his employees on are: Attitude, Integrity, and Teamwork.

I had a great attitude towards the job. It included my 3 favorite things…electronics, mechanics and computers. I didnt have a problem at all with my attitude, and it took quite a bit to make me upset. Every once in a while I would get frustrated, but that only was because of my unfamiliarity with the system, and my impatience…I kept thinking that I should’ve picked it up quicker than I was…I was pushing myself too hard.

I had the intregity from my 11 years of military experience. Put me to work, and I do what was expected of me. I wouldn’t slack off, and I would act the was I was supposed to, even when noone was looking.

The teamwork was not a problem for me, nor for my coworkers. If they needed help, I would help thim without their asking. If I needed help, or didn’t understand something, I would gladly ask for their help. Here is where the boss didn’t agree, and to this day, I still have no direct answer from him.

My initial employment was meant to be a 90-day probationary period through a local temporary employment agency. Why, I have no idea. I applied directly with the company, I was interviewed by the company, and I was being hired by the company, but he decided to make me fill out the paperwork for the employment agency. I was now being hired by them, to work FOR Wyle. BS.

The next 3 months went by well. No problems other than the usual 45-day feedback where my strenghts and weakness are brought to light. No big deal. Changes made, press forward.

1 week and 1 day before my 90-days is up, I work my day, continue to learn, and I’ve already made plans to continue my work the following day. I get home from work, and I get a call from the temp agency. I’ve been released. WHAT?! How?! Why?!

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They say it was because of my work performance. I call the shop. They’re stunned! I call my friend who is directly under the boss. He didn’t even know. He called the boss and was told that it was nobody’s decision but his own. Excuse me? (He told me that his production and floor supervisors are the hire/no-hire decision for him. They both liked me just fine and had already said they were saying “yes” to my hiring.) So he threw everyone out, and lets me go on his own accord. Fine.

I tried to call him. No answer. I asked my friend to find out why not? He tells my friend that it’s his decision only, and to drop it.

I called the temp agency to get more specific details. They said that it was my teamwork and not my job performance. Ok…so now they’re changing stories.

I called a few friends on the floor, and from what has happened, it seems that I had too much initiative…and that scared the boss. That was the feeling that they got from the boss on that next week.

Too much initiative? What am I, a drone? Am I supposed to blindly follow orders? Oh wait…he’s the type of manager that micromanages everything, and if he doesn’t tell you to do it, you don’t do it.

His story:

Joins the military, gets up in rank, but wants to manage things because he wants them run HIS way. So, he goes to officer school and become a low-ranking officer. Yet again, he is not in a management position. He backs down into the reserves, becomes a “Yes” man for 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks during the year, and uses his officer status to manage a civilian company. He is the type of manager that I can deal with, but I don’t like very much. He is the type of manager that has the book-smarts to know how things work theoretically, but cannot adapt the theories to follow changes in the environment.

I have been out of work for 2 weeks, and applied to the unemployment agency. They have declared me ineligible for benefits because I quit my job. WHAT?! QUIT?! They were told by the temp agency, that after I was notified, I did not call them back to see if they had work for my last week and 1 day. Therfore I quit. Umm…no. I did call them, and they said I was being released and had no further reason to contact them. My contract was terminated by Wyle, therfore I was FIRED and should be eligible for benefits. I’ve appealed it.

On a good note, I’ve got applications in with most of the aviation industry, and I’m in talks with Bell Helicopter out of Amarillo, and with a military-hire company based out of Dallas, and they have me in with a few more companies. Hopefully I’ll hear something this week.