Before you build a maintenance base, even if you don't have to put up the money, it's not a bad idea to solicit the opinions of the folks who are going to work there. When ASA asked its mechanics what they thought the facility should offer, they said a barbecue porch was pretty important. "This is barbecue country," smiled Charles Parsons, Baton Rouge's base maintenance manager. A place to cook up spicy red beans and rice may not be the most important contribution mechanics made to the ...

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