State of AMTSociety Address
This month will be somewhat different than those in the past. I want to direct your attention to AMTSociety scholarship program and the 2011-1012 Inspection Authorization Consortium program schedule. Be sure to check the web site to register and for any last minute location or time changes that may occur.
Attached is a letter from one of our members where he makes a donation to the Charles E. Taylor Scholarship Fund and tells us about his great friend. This is one way to help us pursue our goal for the education of people in the aviation maintenance/avionics areas.
Please accept the enclosed donation to AMTSociety’s Charles E. Taylor Scholarship Fund. It is given in memory of Gregory Schaffer, a good friend of mine who passed away June 3, 2011 while working in Israel. Greg started out iis aircraft maintenancne career working as a mechanic on B52 bombers while in the Air Force. I worked with him in the ‘70s and ‘80s while we were A&P mechanics at North Central and Republic Airlines. Greg then moved on to start a very successful career at FedEx and put in mre than 25 years there as a mechanic, maintenance representative, and most currently worked in the aircraft acquisition area. Greg touched people all over the world. Here are some excerpts from his guest book:
“I first met Greg in August 1975 when we started at North Central Airlines. I have many great memories of working with Greg on MSP night line for both North Central and Republic. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him.”
“Greg worked in my group in Airframe Vendor Management at FedEx for many years. He was a dedicated and knowledgeable aviation professional and a great person that was always a pleasure to be around. He will be dearly missed by all of his friends at FedEx.”
“Working with Greg was always a pleasure. Not only was Greg a wonderful co-worker but a dear friend as well. He was always a pleasure to be around.”
“Greg’s dedication and commitment to creating outstanding experiences through his role, along with living the “Purple Promise” each day, are what bind us together now in spirit.”
“He will be missed by all the people who he has worked with at FedEx . . .”
“Greg was an awesome guy who I truly enjoyed working with. The aviation community has lost a true gentleman and professional.”
“Greg was a true gentleman, hard worker, and outstanding help during my four years of working with him.”
As all of us AMTs know, the aviation community is actually a small close-knit group. Greg has touched a lot of us. Aviation has lost a very good person.
Daniel Broten, Instructor, Alabama Aviation Center, Ozark, AL
Spartan College scholarships
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology vice president of marketing Damon R. Bowling and I have worked out a terrific addition to the program. There will be five scholarships for Spartan. They are valued at $1,500 each and consist of Associate of Applied Science Avionics Maintenance Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Avionics Maintenance Technology, Associate of Applied Science Aviation Maintenance Technology, Nondestructive Testing, or Associate of Applied Science Quality Control Programs. That brings our scholarship total to nine as of this writing. Be sure to check the web site for additional information. Should you have any further questions contact Chairman Joseph C. Hawkins or myself. Remember the deadline for a complete entry for all scholarships is Dec. 15, 2011.
Stay safe, Tom Hendershot
2011-2012 AMTSociety IA Renewal Consortium Program
Saturday, September 17, 2011, Crimson Technical College, Los Angeles (LAX)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (CRP)
Sunday, October 9, 2011, NBAA, Las Vegas (LAS)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Mahwah, NJ