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.”
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