State of AMTSociety Address
Many of us, in recent times, have either been subject to or have observed the negative economical impact to our industry. The reality of the situation is that our profession is changing and a great deal of uncertainty exists. We see the purpose of AMTSociety to provide direction to our constituency. In this time of insecurity we offer the stability of a well-entrenched and growing professional organization. We have finalized the 2009-2010 schedule for our popular IA Road Shows and rather than reorganizing, we are partnering with strategic allies to provide greater benefits to our members. The time has come for a unified aviation maintenance community.
Many benefits can be realized from a single organization. Our sponsors would be able to concentrate all their efforts and resources in one well-defined direction to help us reach our objectives. The FAA would relish the opportunity to have a professional organization willing to steer its regulatory initiatives. The one example that immediately comes to mind isthe changes to Advisory Circular 65-25E, otherwise known as “The William “Bill” O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards Program.” With the advancements in technology and changing regulatory environment, everyone can benefit from well-targeted educational opportunities and the ability to interact with industry leaders.
The most important asset of AMTSociety is our membership. Through networking and utilizing thoughts and ideas of our associates, we can jointly provide our professional community the ability to achieve individual self-improvement including technological advancement, safety enhancements, and maintenance human factors training.
AMTSociety is a growing organization focused on you, the aviation maintenance technician. Our leadership team comes from the trenches and is as diversified as our industry with representation from all aspects of aviation maintenance. We have chapters tailored to the local needs including dedicated groups for our student members. Under the AMTSociety alliance with Cygnus Business Media Inc., we have the support of AMT magazine and affiliation with the widely acclaimed Aviation Industry Exposition. We enjoy worldwide recognition and camaraderie with the Maintenance Skills Competition.
AMTSociety has taken the initiative to partner with the FAA, providing professional insight to regulatory concerns, and is currently represented on 12 industry-sanctioned industry advisory boards. Within the last 10 days we have addressed two major aviation organizations: the NBAA Maintenance Committee and the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT). Both organizations are very receptive to our plans and ideas.
In short, we encourage you to become part of the solution — consider becoming a member of AMTSociety. Visit www.AMTSociety.org for details.
For more information contact Tom Hendershot, Executive Director, AMTSociety, by phone at (800) 827-8009, Ext. 4404; (303) 799-6870 direct; or (303) 909-2699 cell.
2009-2010 AMTSociety IA Renewal Program
Sept. 12, 2009, Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Oct. 14, 2009, Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Oct. 28, 2009, Mahwah, NJ
Nov. 11, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
Dec. 9, 2009, Seattle, WA (SEA)
Jan. 13, 2010, Houston, TX (HOU)
Jan. 27, 2010, Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Feb. 10, 2010, Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
Feb. 24, 2010, Kansas City, MO (MCI)
March 16-17, 2010, Las Vegas, NV (LAS), Aviation Industry Exposition
March 24, 2010, Denver, CO (DEN)
AMT Day celebrations
To help celebrate AMT Day 2009 American Airlines held a mini-Maintenance Skills Competition (MSC) where a team of management AMTs competed against a team of TWU Local 565 AMTs in four events that were also held during AMTSociety’s MSC in Las Vegas on March 10-12, 2009. This mini-MSC was held to remind people that AMTs have the same responsibilities across the spectrum of our industry. The events included safety wiring, GIV main wheel removal/installation, Charles E. Taylor written test, and electrical/avionic troubleshooting. Each event was given 20 minutes to complete and the total time used from each event, plus any discrepancies assessed by the respective event judges, were added together to calculate a final overall score for each team. The Union team won.