State of AMTSociety Address
It was a pleasure to see some of you at the EAA 2010 Salute to Veterans at AirVenture at Oshkosh. (The news media nicknamed it SLOSH-KOSH because of the tremendous amount of rain that fell.)
I attended numerous presentations at the FAA Aviation Safety Center. I also paid a visit to KidVenture at Pioneer Airport. It was very gratifying to observe the youth of today (they anticipated more than 25,000 kids would be involved for 2010.) AMTSociety provided the safety wire box again this year for use by the kids. This is a good opportunity for them to not only observe but to have hands-on experience to work on five areas: propellers, powerplant, airframe riveting, wooden rib construction, and hydraulic/electric. After successfully completing the courses, the individual was issued a certificate from the FAA which gives them two hours of credit for the required time for their Airframe and Powerplant certification, and they also received a nice pin. (Shown in the August issue of AMT.)
I also attended the Theater in the Woods to observe the current FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt present the awards to the General Aviation Award recipients for 2010. (For more see Industry News in this issue.) And then I attended the awards luncheon for these folks. Additionally, the publisher of AMT magazine Jon Jezo, editor Ronald Donner, and senior editor Barb Zuehlke attended these functions with me. I presented each of the winners with an embroidered jacket with their name and the AMTSociety logo.
Passing the Wrench program
This AMTSociety program has been met with great success, and if you are aware of an A&P mechnic who has retired or is deceased and the family would like to donate his/her toolbox to us for distribution to a needy student or school, please contact Ken MacTiernan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com) for more information.
Please remember to inform any student involved in an A&P school or avionics program to complete the required paperwork for AMTSociety scholarships, and send it to Joseph C. Hawkins, 5419 Colonial Circle, Murfreesboro, TN 37129-7038. The deadline is Dec. 15, 2010. Late or incompleted packages will not be accepted.
FAA SMS information
On Aug. 12, 2010, AFS-900 issued AC No. 120-92A Subject: Safety Management Systems for Aviation Providers. Under the applicability there is a note:
Within the context of this document, the term aviation service provider refers to any organization providing aviation services. The term includes certificated and non-certificated aviation organizations, air carriers, airlines, maintenance repair organizations, air taxi operators, single pilot operators, corporate flight departments, repair stations, pilot schools, and approved training organizations that are exposed to safety risks during the provision of their services. This includes all entities involved in unmanned aircraft system activities. The term aviation service provider is interchangeable with the term service provider and organization within this document.
It may be just an Advisory Circular, however, it provides the framework for safety management system development by aviation service providers. It contains a uniform set of expectations that align with the structure and format of the International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) framework and Aviation Safety (AVS) policy in FAA Order VS 8000.367, AVS Safety Management System Requirements, Appendix B. To see the whole AC visit http://www.airweb.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/0/678110f11b8433728625777d0068d732/$FILE/ac 120-92a.pdf.
Bad regulation — You can initiate change