AMTSociety Mx Logs Update

Results from the 2011 AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition and scholarship awards at Cygnus Aviation Expo

State of AMTSociety Address

Toolbox raffle

The Snap-on toolbox that was the raffle prize in the scholarship fund-raising event was won by Michhael A. Molzahn of Ozark, MO. Molzahn is employed by American Eagle Airlines at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

Now for the rest of the story: When I called Mike to tell him he was the winner, he replied to me, “I am donating the toolbox and all the tools to my alma mater, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, OK.” He informed me that a list of the tools they need and the color of the toolbox would be sent to me. Now the story gets even better. I received the list and called Patrick D. McDevitt, the national accounts manager from Snap-on who worked with me initially to create the program, to inform him of the list of tools and the request for a Black KRA4107D toolbox. He was so much in awe of Mike and what he was doing that he immediately added another $1,000 worth of tools for the school. There are not enough words to describe the passion and generosity of these two individuals. And thank you is not adequate.

Ken MacTiernan and Joe Hawkins have more on the Maintenance Skills Competition and the scholarship winners. Stay safe.

— Tom Hendershot

2011 Maintenance Skills Competition

One hundred thirty AMTs, representing four countries, stood tall February 23 – 25, 2011 during AMTSociety’s 4th Annual Maintenance Skills Competition in Las Vegas, NV. Competing in 12 events, ranging from safety wiring to electrical/avionic troubleshooting with composite and engine tasks thrown in, 26 teams of skilled AMTs and AMEs spoke out for their craft and profession.

Teams of AMEs came from China, Australia, and Mexico to compete against their peers in the United States. There are five categories to be competed in with first, second, and third place plaques and awards presented to the teams with the fastest overall scores.

This competition and professionalism is enabled not because of AMTSociety but because of the companies and organizations that compete but also those that provide the events to be competed in as well as the tools presented. AMTSociety wishes to thank the following for their support in providing challenging events and tools for this year’s MSC.

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association – Charles E. Taylor Event

USAF – Rigid Hydraulic Line Event

Duncan Aviation – Electrical Troubleshooting Event

FPTI – Hydraulic Test Stand Event

FedEx – JT9 Engine Event

USN – Composite Event

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Safety Wire Event

Nida Corporation – Electrical Troubleshooting Event

ATP- Regulatory Research Event

CAE – Avionic Troubleshooting

AMTSociety – Rigging Event

Southwest Airlines – APU Event

2011 MSC winners


1: USN Fleet Readiness Center SW Team Gold

2: USN Fleet Readiness Center CW Team Blue

3: USAF Team McChord


1: Southwest Airlines

2: Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA)

3: FedEx Team Indianapolis


1: Redstone College

2: Aviation Institute of Maintenance Team Atlanta

3: Crimson Technical College


1: Association of Maintenance Professionals (AMP)

2: Boeing

3: Team Mexico

General Aviation

1: Team Colorado

2: Gulfstream

Southwest Airlines not only took first place in the Commercial Aviation Category for the second year in a row but it also was awarded the William F. O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance which goes to the one team with the lowest overall score from among all the teams competing.

Companies that provided tools for prizes were Kennedy Tool Boxes, DeWALT, Stanley/Proto, Leatherman, NoiseBuster Headsets, David Clarke Headsets, Pan American Tools, and the biggest contributor was Snap-on Tools who gave ratcheting screwdrivers to all 130 competitors and judges and also provided tools for each first, second, and third place awardees as well as the William F. O’Brien Award recipients.

AMTSociety’s 5th Annual MSC is set for March 9 – 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. See you there!

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