AMTSociety Mx Logs Update

AMTSociety receives Letter of Understanding from FAA
The FAASTeam presented a Letter of Understanding to AMTSociety Executive Director Tom Hendershot during the Aircraft Maintenance Summit held during Aviation Industry Expo in Dallas.

“This Letter of Understanding (LOU) establishes an arrangement between the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam) and AMTSociety to promote aviation safety awareness and training to all airmen. The parties to this LOU are voluntarily entering into this arrangement to pursue their common goal of promoting aviation safety.”

The LOU was signed by Kevin Clover, National FAASTeam Manager and Thomas E. Hendershot.

AMTScholarships awarded
AMTSociety awarded its first scholarships this year. The scholarships were named after William “Bill” O’Brien and Charles Taylor for their contributions to the industry. This year’s winners are Redstone College students Jeremy S. Roberts from Oakman, AL, and Cody M. McLemore from Townley, AL. Roberts received the $1,500 Charles E. Taylor AMTScholarship and McLemore received the $1,000 William “Bill” O’Brien AMTScholarship.

McLemore has completed his A&P written tests and plans to complete oral and practical exams soon. Roberts has another year to go at Redstone before graduation. They both plan to continue their education with avionics training and certification. They both work full time at Precision Aircraft and Engine Service Inc. at Centennial Airport in Denver.

AMTSociety raffle drawing winners
AMTSociety held its raffle drawings the last day of Aviation Industry Expo. The winner of the Snap-on toolbox is Lester Hoerig, Burleson, TX. The tickets to Hawaii from Aloha Airlines were won by Andrew Moore, McKinney, TX, and the Hawaiian Airlines tickets were won by Joe Cattrell, Waukesha, WI. Hirmiz Mikhael, Marquette, WI, won the Timberland workboots.

AMTSociety First Golf Outing
Haggan Aviation helped AMTSociety raise almost $7,000 for the Northrop-Rice Foundation for AMTScholarships by organizing the first AMTSociety golf tournament.

The event was held at on Saint Patrick’s Day at Bear Creek Golf Course before the start of Aviation Industry Expo. A total of 10 teams and 39 people participated in the golf tournament.

Haggan Aviation and AMTSociety, who were also hole sponsors, would like to thank the golfers and sponsors; the golf tournament wouldn’t have been such a success without them. Continental Motors sponsored breakfast. Other hole sponsors were Gexpro, Perkins Aviation, and S.W.A.T. Airframe & Tank. The cart sponsor was Dallas Airmotive. Raffle sponsors were Dallas Airmotive, Midcoast Aviation, Gexpro, Haggan Aviation, and Perkins Aircraft Windows.

The first place team included Jim Perkins, Austin Perkins, and Jack Brawley from Perkins Aviation, and Kevin Reinhart of Aviation Maintenance. The second place team consisted of Mike Schafer, Haggan Aviation; Gary Freeman, Dallas Airmotive; Jared Hatfield, Strom Aviation; and Stuart Munro, Dallas Airmotive. The third place team sponsored by Jack Prewitt & Associates was made up of Peter Zeeb, Ray Prewitt, Chris Horton, and Kyle Foddrill. The Dead Ass Last team award went to Ed Hightower, Peter Stream, Joe Winland, and Ed Pasko from TLD America.

Steve Crande of Gexpro Services won the first “Closest to the Pin” award with his drive on hole five. The other “Closest to the Pin” award went to Kyle Kelly of Daktronics for his shot on hole 14. Austin Perkins of Perkins Aviation won the “Long Drive” award for his first stroke on hole nine.

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The second AMTSociety golf tournament will be in Las Vegas next March. Visit and for details.

First AMT Maintenance Skills Competition
A total of nine teams entered the first AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition which included 11 events. Taking first place was Continental Airlines. The Continental team included Rene Hansen, Brian Hall, Frank Dudek, Nagy Mouhanna, and coach Russell Petersen. Second place was won by Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) N.W. Region. The Aviation Institute of Maintenance entered four separate teams.

The AIM NW team included Paulina Gregory, Eric Johanson, Don Nugent, Stephen Ritter, and coach Glori Berkel. Third place was awarded to American Airlines; the team was organized by Dave Hayden and included Phil Firmano, James Labrecque, Robinson Torres, and Joseph Haczela.

The individual event included 14 participants and featured three events, hardware identification, safety wiring and a written test of aviation’s first aircraft mechanic, Charles E. Taylor. The winner was Steven Orville from the Redstone College, LA Campus.

  • American Eagle: Hirmiz Mikhael, Shad Dell, Carlos Rivera, David Quiroga, and organizer Jose Galarza
  • AMTSociety’s Tulsa Chapter: Zack Philips, Sydney Pittsinger, Zachary Van Ness, Dustin Wise, and coach Dennis Hayes
  • Redstone College: Manuel Moralas, Ernesto Contreras, Jesus Murillo, Paul Cselly, and coach Bob Drake
  • AIM Atlanta: Lawrence Howell, Steven Morphew, William Nickelson, and Michael Ferenbaugh
  • AIM Dallas: Joshua Smith, Paulo R. Salazar III, Mike Cassard, Lyndol Erwin, and coach John Brecher
  • AIM S.W. Region: Alexis Martinez, Jessie Hall, Ryan Donk, Clint Eyke, and coach Glori Berkel

The team events included windshield inspection and drilling, sponsored by Perkins Aircraft Windows; hardware identification sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; safety wiring sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; avionics/electrical sponsored by Spirit Avionics; piston engine troubleshooting sponsored by Superior Air Parts; Gulfstream IV main wheel/brake removal and installation sponsored by Alberth Aviation; APU combuster assembly inspection and fiberscope sponsored by Dallas Airmotive; Charles E. Taylor written test sponsored by the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association; electrical troubleshooting sponsored by Duncan Aviation; avionics troubleshooting sponsored by CAE SimuFlite; and composite repair sponsored by Tarrant County College.

Sponsors and judges for the events were:

  • Windshield: Perkins Aircraft Windows with Brendan McMahon, Stella Rodrigues, and Austin Perkins as judges
  • Safety Wiring: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with Joe Hawkins, AMTSociety Director, judging for the team competition and Curtis Johnston from ERAU judging the individual competition
  • Hardware: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with Max Henderson judging the team competition and Gary Goodpaster, AMTSociety Director, judging the individual competition
  • Avionics/Electrical: Spirit Avionics with Rick Ochs and Justin Hahn as judges
  • Piston Engine: Bill Peterson, Superior Air Parts, and Bill Blackwood as judge
  • Gulfstream IV: Alberth Aviation with Rudy Alberth and Peter Zeeb, AMTSociety Board Chairman, as judges
  • APU: Dallas Airmotive with Jeff Clarke as judge
  • Charles E. Taylor written test: AMTA with Aaron Klippel judging the team competition and Brian D. Richardson, Director of Archaeology, Colorado Aviation Historical Society judging the individual competition
  • Electrical Troubleshooting: Duncan Aviation with Sean Davenport as judge
  • Avionics Troubleshooting: CAE SimuFlite with Jim Cameron as judge
  • Composite Panel Inspection: Tarrant County College with Jason Ramos as judge

Plaques and tools from Snap-on were awarded to the winners. The funds raised from the event go to the Northrop-Rice Foundation for the AMTScholarship Awards:.

Ken MacTiernan, who co-chaired the event with George Miller Jr., explained to participants, “The name AMTSociety was chosen to represent mechanics. It’s not about one individual, one company, or one organization. Like the industry, it’s many different people and many different companies.” In announcing the winners, MacTiernan said, “There are no winners or losers as the participants competing in the Maintenance Skills Competition, both student and licensed AMTs, are the epitome of what today’s AMT represents, the skills and training required to serve the industry and the unyielding commitment to support the role of aircraft maintenance technicians. With the various people, companies, and organizations participating in the event it was a success.”