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Maintenance scholarship The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has established a $500 aviation maintenance scholarship through the Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF). The award will go to a student attending an FAA certificated Part 147 school...


Maintenance scholarship
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has established a $500 aviation maintenance scholarship through the Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF). The award will go to a student attending an FAA certificated Part 147 school, with the winner selected by NRF’s board of directors. For more information visit http://www.northropricefoundation.org/index.php/scholarships.

Helicopter maintenance seminar
Conklin & de Decker offers Helicopter Maintenance Management – Essential Tools for Your New Role, a seminar aimed at providing helicopter maintenance managers the tools needed to master their new position. It will be held on March 28 and 29 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area To register or to learn more about this seminar go to www.conklindd.com.

Master Mechanics
Dave Stevenson received the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on the same day in November. Gerald Martelli with the FAA’s Nashville office presented the awards to Stevenson who thought he was just going to a cookout.

Ron Utecht, TIMCO Aviation Services Co-CEO, president and COO, has received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

Prior to joining TIMCO in 2005, he had retired from United Airlines after a 39-year career.

Master Aviation Educator
Gary M. Brossett, a Pratt & Whitney quality engineer and resident of Midland, GA, recently was accredited as a Master Aviation Educator (MAE) by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for Master Instructor designations as well as the FAA-approved “Master Instructor Program.” Fewer than 700 aviation educators worldwide have achieved one or more of the Master accreditations thus far. Brossett is one of only 13 Georgia teachers of aviation to earn this prestigious “Master” title. Brossett is an AMTSociety member and frequent member of AMT Forum.

2011 Aviation Summit
The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide will host its second Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit on Feb. 23-25, 2011, at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn in Orlando, FL. The two-day summit will present data and address issues on the state of aerospace manufacturing in the United States and around the world for both military and commercial markets, as well as address key trends and industry projections. Events will include workshops on leadership and strategy, lectures, and panel discussions. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu.

Weight and Balance Handbook
The essential guide for pilots, flight crews, and aircraft mechanics, Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook, FAA-H-8083-1A, by the Federal Aviation Administration is available. Beginning with the basic principles of aircraft weight and balance, The Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook is the official U.S. government guide for pilots, covering procedures for preparing to weigh and actually weighing an aircraft. The FAA emphasizes the importance of this meticulous work, including examples of documentation furnished by the aircraft manufacturer and by the FAA to ensure the aircraft weight and balance records contain the proper data. It is available from Skyhorse Publishing, skyhorsepublishing.com.

SCLA School of Aviation
A class of 43 is the first graduating class from the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) School of Aviation, with full certification in general aviation mechanics, and the more comprehensive power plant and airframe mechanical training. The SCLA School of Aviation was formed in 2006 with the intent of educating Victor Valley residents in aircraft mechanics, making them ready for employment as jobs become available with companies located at SCLA. With this graduating class, nearly 50 percent are either already employed or will soon be employed by SCLA companies. Other graduates have found employment at other area airports or aviation companies, including Lockheed and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow.

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