State of AMTSociety Address
On behalf of AMTSociety, the board of directors, and staff, I would like to wish you good health and happiness during the year ahead!
As you know, our industry has not been immune to the impact of the recession. The good news is that we believe aviation is on the upswing and we are part of the solution. The skills and dedication of our aircraft maintenance professionals set us apart. Each of us lives and breathes our industry and I am sure you share my belief that we will not only survive, but thrive, during the months and years to come.
AMTSociety has existed to serve your IA renewal needs for four years by offering quality education programs in convenient locations. Our relationship with the FAA has ensured our ongoing ability to meet your continuing education hours.
Please note that due to the current economic conditions, we will be introducing an $18 IA renewal fee for all registrations received after Dec. 31, 2010. The fee will be payable online or during on-site registration of the event. My team will continue to work diligently in maintaining a program that offers great value and convenience to our members.
I appreciate your continued commitment to AMTSociety and promise, individually and as an organization, we remain committed to promoting, protecting, and enhancing our craft and the aviation industry.Be safe.
— Tom Hendershot
As winter gets in to full swing across the country, as mechanics we should be aware of its impact on our surface operations at the airport. Operating on a snow or ice-covered surface — either in a ground vehicle or an aircraft — requires an extra degree of caution. Movement of ground equipment should be done in a manner that allows you to avoid sliding or skidding into other equipment or aircraft, or skidding across hold lines.
Extreme caution also is required/needed when towing an aircraft due to the added weight, and the fact that most of the time you are relying solely on the braking action of the tug to stop both the aircraft and the tug. On wet, slick, or icy surfaces, the aircraft in tow can suddenly jackknife out of control as you turn or attempt to stop. The same cautions must also be adhered to when taxiing on aircraft in these conditions.
When diminished braking action is present, the aircraft can slide off taxiways and/or runways if one is not careful. When you are taxiing and approaching hold lines and turns, be sure to use minimal speed to ensure your ability to come to a stop prior to the hold line or to avoid skidding off the taxiway. Another very important factor, as with all ground operations, keep your eyes outside the cockpit while taxiing and be sure to adhere to all ATC instructions.
To support the AMTSociety Scholarship Awards program, Snap-on Industrial is donating a $2,500 seven-drawer toolbox, Model KRA4107D, along with $2,500 Snap-on tools of the winner’s choice. Measuring 40” x 20”, the toolbox will be awarded to the winner of a drawing following the Maintenance Skills Competition on Feb. 25, 2011 in Las Vegas. The winner can decide on the color along with $2,500 worth of Snap-on tools of his or her choice.
The cost of the tickets is one for $5 or three for $10 and is tax deductible as the scholarship fund is under 501(c)3 status. Tickets will be available at IA seminars, Cygnus Aviation Expo, and from the board of directors.
Mark your calendars
2010-2011 IA Roadshow
Please take the time to review the schedule below, and keep in mind that this training is not just for the holders of Inspection Authorization but for all personnel involved in the aircraft maintenance process. The previous IA renewals have been well attended and we appreciate you taking the time to attend and benefit from the speakers and training that we provide. If you are going to attend, please preregister so we can plan accordingly.
Feb. 16, 2011, Kansas City, MO
Feb. 23-24, 2011, Aviation Industry Expo, Las Vegas
March 16, 2011, Aurora, CO
April 9, 2011, ATEC Annual Meeting & FAA/DME Renewal, Orlando, FL