First of all I would like to thank everyone who helped AMTSociety and the entire aviation industry in the celebration of Charles E. Taylor’s birthday and all of the programs that were conducted across the United States.
The Kennedy combination toolbox raffle was held at Baker’s School of Aeronautics in Nashville, TN. The winner: William M. Powell of Nampa, ID, who selected the burgundy colored box. Thank you to the Nashville FSDO for its help. And a special thank you to each and every one of you who purchased a ticket. You helped AMTSociety’s scholarship program.
Nathan L. Thomas is the winner of the inaugural $1,500 Thomas E. “Tom” Hendershot Scholarship for 2010. He is a student in the Aircraft Training Center of the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Watkins, CO. Nathan holds a 99.5 grade point average in the Airframe and Powerplant certificate program and will graduate in 2011. He was nominated for his service as a mentor to the underclassmen in the program and he is co-founder of the R/C Flying Club. Incorporating theory of flight sciences, math and aircraft design, he uses remote-controlled aircraft and building techniques as an avenue to introduce aviation to aspiring youth in area schools and throughout the community.
Next month, July 26 to Aug. 1, more than 500,000 people will make their presense known at Oshkosh, WI. There will be many people from AMT magazine including myself to make the presentation to the four General Aviation Award winners. More on this in the next issue.
Have a great summer, enjoy your families. But above all else: Be safe.
— Tom Hendershot
Safety tip: Danger or warning tags
These simple, cheap little items are designed for one thing and one thing only: That is, to prevent component damage but more importantly, injury or death to you or your fellow aviation maintenance technicians. However, it is astonishing how often they are ignored.
Danger or warning tags can be ignored two ways. First is failure to install them and secondly, failure to adhere to them. Their use is often included or mandated in a myriad of maintenance procedures. Also, in most cases their use is preceded by a warning message.
Comply with the procedures, warnings, and cautions. Affix them to switches, controls, circuit breakers, APUs, and engines as instructed in the manual you are working with, even if their use is not spelled out or required by the procedures. Stop and think about the systems you are about to work on. If there is a remote chance of danger, install them. It’s cheap insurance to keep you or someone else from being maimed or killed.
AMTSociety along with the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) are committed to helping you achieve the highest level of safety by providing you with the tools and resources to enhance your knowledge and proficiency.
Mark your calendars
2010-2011 IA Roadshow
Sept. 11, 2010, Crimson Technical College, Inglewood, CA
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
March 16, 2011, Aurora, CO
April 9, 2011, ATEC Annual Meeting & FAA/DME Renewal, Orlando, FL
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Wichita Area Technical College Aviation Tech Center
Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) Aviation Tech Center was presented with a plaque from AMTSociety for becoming a corporate member. The Aviation Tech Center was presented with the student chapter plaque. FAA members were on hand for the presentation.