As a professional maintenance technician, you no doubt have been involved in conversations with a fellow mechanic when you discovered an FAA regulation that appeared outdated, didn’t make sense, should be changed, or maybe even removed. Often these conversations end in frustration and the feeling that the regulation is just not connected to reality and you can not do anything about it. But it really doesn’t have to end that way because you do have a means to do something about it. Title 14 CFR, Part 11, Section 11.61 provides that you may ask the FAA to adopt, amend, repeal a regulation, or grant relief from the requirements of a current regulation (http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Form/FAA%20Form%208610-1.pdf).
Using a petition for rulemaking, you may ask the FAA to add a new regulation or amend or repeal a current regulation, or ask the FAA to grant you relief from a current regulation. Consequently, if you are ever involved in a conversation like that again, write down your thoughts and send them to the FAA in accordance with CFR 11. You may be surprized that you can have an effect in changing FAA regulations and improving safety.
IA Roadshow Consortium program
Below you will find the schedule of the upcoming IA program presentations. These programs are not just for holders of Inspection Authorization but for everyone who has an interest in maintenance training and the improvement of maintenance safety. I encourage you to look into the city location nearest you and give yourself a golden opportunity to expand your knowledge and improve safety. Plus you can use these for your FAA Awards Program requirements for your personal use as well as your employer to receive recognition and a certificate. Look forward to seeing you soon. As always stay safe!
— Tom Hendershot
Mark your calendars
2010-2011 IA Roadshow
Sept. 22, 2010, Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa, OK
Oct. 13, 2010, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oct. 18, 2010, NBAA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 27, 2010, Mahwah, NJ
Nov. 3, 2010, Sacramento, CA
Nov. 17, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA
Dec. 8, 2010, Seattle, WA
Jan. 12, 2011, Express Jet Airlines Training Center, Houston, TX
Jan. 26, 2011, Atlanta, GA
Feb. 9, 2011, Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 16, 2011, Kansas City, MO
Feb. 23-24, 2011, Aviation Industry Expo, Las Vegas
New: March 9, 2011, WATC, Wichita, KS
March 16, 2011, Aurora, CO
April 9, 2011, ATEC Annual Meeting & FAA/DME Renewal, Orlando, FL
Charles Taylor and AMFA
On Aug. 12, 2010 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) donated a bronze bust of Charles E. Taylor. This bust was created by the artist Virginia Hess. An Alaska Airlines B737-800 was in the background of the event and during the ceremony AMFA’s National Director, Louie Key, spoke about Taylor and the AMTs at Alaska Airlines which AMFA represents. Alaska Airlines president and vice president of maintenance and engineering also spoke about Taylor and the knowledge, skill, and integrity that their AMTs possess. Thanks to AMFA this bust becomes the 11th bust of Charles E. Taylor that is on display at museums and organizations across the country and in France.
The decal which is located by the forward entry door will show every passenger boarding an aircraft who Charles E. Taylor was and the recognition Alaska Airlines has for its skilled AMTs. AMFA invited AMTSociety Director Ken MacTiernan to help celebrate this event. It is through the actions and leadership of AMFA that the message of Charles E. Taylor and the AMTs that AMFA represents is promoted so the public can become better informed as to the responsibilities AMTs carry. AMTSociety was honored to be a part of this event.