As a working editor, I am always amazed at what assistant editors can do.
I totally agree!!! I'm an AP and if it wasn't for my AEs I would never get EDL w/matching TC as my cut. Especially in Los Angeles, I've notice that most editors work 9-5 then bounce. Assistant editors will stay late (and not charge) to explain the ever changing post world to me. The more I can ask questions and learn the better I can communicate w/editors to make their job easier.