What’s that you’re doing, Mr. Scherer?

What's that you're doing, Mr. Scherer?
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Florian Scherer, 36,

aircraft mechanic

has been with Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg for 17 years


“I’m replacing a gear mechanism for a flap on an Airbus A320. Flaps are needed when an aircraft flies slowly because the wings are generally curved in such a way as to generate perfect lift at high speed. At lower speeds, the four rear flaps are used to increase the curvature and area of the wing, thus optimizing lift for a controlled landing, for instance. The problem here is that water has got into one of the eight gear mechanisms, so along with a coworker, I am unscrewing and replacing it. Sounds easy, right? But I’m not done yet. I still have to go up to the cockpit, test the flaps and whether they move absolutely in synch, and make any necessary adjustment down below. Finally, a coworker checks to make sure the new mechanism is working perfectly. Only then is the plane released for operation.”