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.”
“Greg was an awesome guy who I truly enjoyed working with. The aviation community has lost a true gentleman and professional.”
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
Corporate Member: Vaughn College
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology was established more than 70 years ago in New Jersey. Now based near LaGuardia Airport in Flushing, NY, it offers degrees in aircraft operations, airport management, airline management, aviation maintenance, electronic engineering technology, aviation maintenance management.
The Aviation Training Institute was created in 2001 which offers the aviation maintenance certificate program. Students can earn their FAA airframe and powerplant certificate in as little as 16 months.
Aviation maintenance training is one of the college’s most popular academic offerings. More than 400 of Vaughn’s total student population of 1,500 were enrolled in the Aviation Training Institute in 2011. Students hone their mechanical skills, working on more than a dozen aircraft ranging from the piston-power Cessna 182, Piper Seneca, and Aztecs to the complexities of turbine aircraft such as King Air.
Vaughn’s Aviation Training Institute offers state-of-the-art nondestructive testing (NDT), enabling students to prepare for real-world problem-solving. In the composites lab, students study both wet lay-up and pre-preg applications of advance composite materials. The proper use of bagging procedures as well as hot bonding repairs are also extensively covered.
The college’s turbine engine test cells provide ample run-up opportunities for students on PT-6s and CJ610s. A newly renovated FAA-authorized Lasergrade test center provides students with all written exams offered by the administration, including the general, airframe and powerplant exams.
Vaughn College has housed a student chapter of AMTSociety since 2009, and the College’s Executive Director of Training, Domenic Proscia, has served on the Aviation Technician Education Council board of directors for more than seven years.
For more information visit www.vaughn.edu or call (719) 429-6600.
It is our opinion that, while the goal has some merit, the consequence is not in the best interest of our constituency or, as a matter of fact, the general aviation industry.
In 2012, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology will sponsor five, $1,500 scholarships.