While working at an aircraft manufacturing facility years ago, an issue occurred with the fuel system on one of the finished aircraft. It was after fueling and performing an engine run according to the checklist that an error popped up. After further diagnoses, which included defueling the wing and removing it from the fuselage, the lead tech made an interesting discovery. While the fuel cells were being constructed, someone inadvertently left a soda can in the cell, tucked between the chambers. When the aircraft was being fueled, so was the can. It clogged the hole between cells and reduced fuel flow. Luckily, the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) was discovered before the aircraft ever left the apron.
Fortunately, the soda can was caught. However, in life there are many “smoking guns” that, unlike the soda can, are never caught. In aviation, there are aids such as professional checklists, aircraft warning indicators, or performance reviews to ensure you reach your maximum potential. If ignored, something usually goes awry. Whereas in life, self-diagnosis may be as simple as correcting poor choices; but, it might also require disassembling your work habits to see why the indicator light is flashing so that you can make the appropriate adjustments. Finding the FOD in your life is a matter of looking diligently for the smoking gun. Usually, there is a catalyst to poor performance, or many, depending on how often you self-evaluate.
There could be occasions when you lack the expertise or knowledge to troubleshoot issues. Finding a person with a different perspective can help in redefining goals. The smoking gun, in this case, is usually misguided priorities and lack of satisfaction as the result of those priorities. Neglecting small aspects in your life can lead to depression. It may cause you to develop a negative attitude toward your job, your fellow employees, or your personal life.
Here are three pieces of FOD that may be keeping you from getting off the apron:
The smoking gun of FOD, although small like the soda can, can cause calamities in the long run. Reducing obstructions and debris makes it possible to enjoy life and get you off the apron and into the air.
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