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Behind the Scenes of Airline Maintenance with Brian Bermudez Part 2

Episode 57 ·
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This episode features the second part of Andrew’s chat with aircraft maintenance engineer and professor Brian Bermudez. Plus, he looks at whether your points and miles will expire. 

  • Do your points and miles expire? If you’re collecting airline loyalty points, you will want to know the answer to this question. With some loyalty programs, the points never expire, but others have expiration policies and ways to prevent your points from expiring. Find out more in this episode. 

  • Andrew continues his discussion with Brian Bermudez, an aircraft maintenance technician and professor of aviation maintenance. In this episode, Brian talks about how maintenance operations keep track of parts and ensure the rights ones are used, what it takes to be an “A&P” and much more. 

  • Did you know that an aircraft can fly with multiple items that don’t work? Andrew and Brian discuss the concept of deferred items, the minimum equipment list, and the redundancies and technological improvements in aircraft design and maintenance. 

Brian Bermudez is an Aircraft Maintenance Technician and a Professor of Aviation Maintenance. Having worked for two major US airlines as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, he now teaches aviation maintenance and runs CraftoftheAir, an aviation maintenance initiative involving multiple aspects like consulting and tutoring. Brian also hosts the CotACasT, an aviation podcast where he explores various facets of maintenance and brings his experiences and knowledge to listeners who share his enthusiasm for this field. You can learn more about Brian, his work, and his podcast at and on social media: Instagram | LinkedIn | X (Twitter)

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Brian Bermudez is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and a Professor of Aviation Maintenance. He has worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician for two major airlines in the United States and is now the President and Founder of CraftoftheAir (CotA), a multifaceted initiative encompassing aviation maintenance, consulting, and tutoring. Brian is also a professor and Director of Airframe and Powerplant Curriculum at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.

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