State of AMTSociety Address
First and foremost of items this month is remembering Charles E. Taylor’s birthday on Sunday, May 24. If your organization is planning on having a program, please let Barb Zuehlke or me know about it. Send us the details and photographs so we can publish them in the next issue and post them on the web sites.
The Maintenance Skills Competition (MSC) is one way for us to show the entire world what a great craft we represent; it truly is the epitome of what our profession is all about.
I would like to take a moment to inform all of you about the senior management of Continental Airlines. On Tuesday, April 7, Larry Kellner, chairman and CEO; Joe Ferreira, vice president of technical operations; and Jeff Smisek, president and COO, traveled from Houston to Cleveland to honor the Cleveland operational line maintenance team for placing first for the second consecutive year in the AMTSociety MSC.
They took the team to breakfast and spent the day with them. This certainly speaks volumes on the way that senior management feels about the aircraft maintenance technicians employed at Continental Airlines. Ferreira also sent an email to Cleveland Maintenance Operations stating “Three-peat 2010 in LAS.”
In addition to Continental Airlines, American Airlines had a two-page story in the April 2, 2009, issue of the “DFW People — The Airport Newspaper” which described in great detail the involvement that American Airlines had in the MSC; it entered three teams and sponsored two jet engines for the tach generator removal/installation; hydraulic pump removal/installation; and engine troubleshooting.
Team Colorado was recognized with a standing ovation on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the General Aviation Awards program which featured a sit-down dinner and the country and western band Break Even. Travis Valine, director of aeronautics for Colorado, and Chuck Sicotte, manager of the FAASTeam Northwest Mountain Region, made the presentation of medals to each team member. The Denver local FAASTeam managers also made presentations; 78 people attended this event.
As you can see, we are finally getting the message to people of who we are, what we do, and that safety, training, and personal integrity are what our job is all about.
Due to the amount of money AMTSociety raised from the annual golf outing and donated to the Northrop-Rice Foundation an additional 10 scholarships were granted to individuals in pursuit of further education in the field of aviation or avionics. This is in addition to the $1,500 Charles E. Taylor and $1,000 William “Bill” O’Brien AMTSociety scholarships. Once again thank you to Haggan Aviation, all the event and hole sponsors, as well as the golfers who participated to achieve this great accomplishment and make this donation possible. It clearly emphasizes one of the goals of AMTSociety.
— Tom Hendershot
Board of Directors: Peter Zeeb, chairman
Peter Zeeb graduated from high school in 1979, and attended college in Watertown, WI, when he realized this was not the plan he really wanted. He talked to several people, including his father’s pilot cousin, and decided he wanted to be in aviation. He found Teterboro School of Aeronautics, an A&P school that was only 53 miles from his parents’ house. He commuted for two years and graduated in the summer of 1981 with his A&P certificate.
He walked into the FBO at Morristown, NJ, Aeroservices, and found a position with Certified Aircraft Maintenance, a company that did maintenance for the flight school. One of the corporate tenants based at Aeroservices was the McGraw-Edison Publishing Company that was operating a Falcon 20. Zeeb got a part-time job as a cleaner on the Falcon 20. Personnel in the flight department befriended Zeeb and told him he needed to complete his college degree. That sent Zeeb to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to look into the university’s aviation maintenance management degree. He was able to take night courses at a local community college and work for Certified Aircraft Maintenance during the day.
Continental Airlines' CLE team takes top prize at annual competitive maintenance event.