State of AMTSociety Address
AMTSociety did the aviation world proud the week of March 15 - 18, 2010. It started with the golf outing on March 15 for the scholarship program. The golf course Rio Secco Golf Club, one of the top three courses in the Las Vegas area, was in beautiful shape, as was the weather, golf was great, food at the banquet was even better, and it took Chairman Peter Zeeb almost two hours to hand out awards and prizes.
Companies who donated prizes include: Gulfstream, Gulfstream Long Beach Spare Parts, Bizjet, Dassault Falcon Jet, Duncan Aviation, WestStar Aviation, AMTSociety, AMT Magazine, Cygnus Business Media Inc., StandardAero, Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE Simuflite, World Fuel Services, Snap-on Tools, Western Jet, Golden State Penetrants, and SatComm Direct.
2010 AMTScholarship winners
The recipient for the 2010 AMTScholarship Charles E. Taylor $1,500 award is Vinod Kanna. He attends Central New Mexico Community College.
Shane Cox, a student at Aviation Institute of Maintenance Dallas Campus, is the recipient of the 2010 AMTScholarship William “Bill” O’Brien award for $1,000.
3rd annual AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition
There is a saying that goes “What a difference a day makes.” This is very true in many aspects of today’s fast-paced life style and workplace. However, in the world of aircraft maintenance today’s aircraft maintenance technicians (AMT) and aircraft maintenance engineers (AME), this saying sounds like an eternity because in the world of aircraft maintenance minutes, if not seconds, make a tremendous difference. This is no more apparent than in AMTSociety’s third annual Maintenance Skills Competition (MSC).
AMTSociety’s third annual MSC was held in Las Vegas on March 16 - 18, 2010 during the Aviation Industry Expo. Right from the start at the orientation meeting held the day before competition started you could tell things were going to be different. The first sign of this was just by the sheer number of teams that competed this year — 25! With five AMT/AMEs per team that makes 125 professional craftsmen competing within five separate categories: Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Schools, MRO/OEM, and Military.
There were 11 events to be competed in which included, a written test on Charles E. Taylor, a GIV main wheel and brake event, two electrical troubleshooting events, one avionic troubleshooting event, composite repair event, safety wiring event, flight control rigging event, turbine engine troubleshooting event, regulatory research event, and a rigid hydraulic line event.
This year saw the first international teams enter the MSC. Teams from China and Australia came to Las Vegas which helps emphasize the premise behind the MSC and that is an aircraft does not care about the color of an AMT/AME’s uniform, skin, religion, sex, nationality, or language. All an aircraft cares about is the knowledge, skill, and integrity of the hand holding the wrench doing the repair. And this year’s MSC had a proud example of these AMT/AMEs! The honor and pride that is evident throughout the AMT/AME craft and profession was apparent when the teams from China and Australia were announced a loud round of applause rang out and when the Military Category was being mentioned a standing ovation was given by all in attendance for these men and women in uniform who maintain the very aircraft that provide us all with democracy and freedom!
As in the previous two AMTSociety MSCs, the competitive nature was to be expected but there was also the ever present sense of brotherhood that skilled craftsmen carry amongst themselves such as today’s AMT/AMEs possess. The MSC does not promote one group of AMT/AME over another. The MSC is about raising the public’s awareness of the heavy responsibilities that today’s AMT/AMEs carry in order to provide safe, airworthy aircraft … worldwide! But, this is a contest and bragging rights are at stake! It is these events which make the MSC challenging and different each year. I wish to thank the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Nida Corporation, CAE Simuflite, Continental Airlines, American Airlines, (Thanks Dave Hayden!), Duncan Aviation, ATP, Alberth Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association.
Charles E. Taylor, born May 24, 1868 on a farm in Illinois, was involved in many historical events related to the growth of aviation.