FAASTeam: FAA AMT Awards Program Update

A record number of employers and AMTs are participating

In the first few years of the program’s existence very few people participated or even knew about the program. With the leadership of Rich Mileham, a seed was planted using the increasing popularity of NASCAR to boost awareness of the program. The results: the FAA/NASCAR AMT Awards Program Contest had more than 60,000 individual participants inside three years of starting the contest. Since the NASCAR Contest went away around 2001, participation in the AMT Awards Program by the individual AMT had steadily decreased. We realized that we had to do something.

With the aid of a wonderful group of industry volunteers the contest was kept going for a number of years after our association with NASCAR ended. Regardless of their hard work interest diminished but the program continued to operate. Each and every one of you individual AMTs and your employers owe Jennifer Baker, president and owner of Baker’s School of Aeronautics; and Tom Hendershot, executive director of the AMTSociety, a great amount of gratitude for their services during this time.

In closing, if we can make simple changes to the program and, in doing so, reduce the number of accidents and incidents where maintenance, and in particular an AMT is involved, doesn’t it make sense to make these changes? I ask you to join us in making a difference by participating in the AMT Awards Program. Together, and only together, we can reduce the number of maintenance-related aircraft accidents. AMT

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