Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft-oriented, independent aviation union. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents.
AMFA was created in 1962 by O.V. Delle-Femine and a few co-workers, but did not represent any carrier until 1964 at Ozark Airlines. It later represented Pacific Airlines, Airlift International, Hughes Airwest, and Southern Airways. AMFA’s craft union now represents aircraft maintenance technicians and related support personnel at Alaska Airlines, ATA, Horizon Air, Mesaba Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
Mission: To raise the standards of and increase recognition of the technician and related class or craft for the protection of the profession. To afford protection for AMFA members before government agencies and expand the education of members’ rights and privileges before Congress whenever it pertains to the craft.
Structure: All officers, from shop representative to the national director, are elected by secret ballot and can be recalled by the membership. Safety and standards is an integral part of its constitution, covering all members, and is not relegated to a “committee.” AMFA’s structure is illustrated by this inverse organizational pyramid that places members at the top. For more information visit www.amfanatl.org.
Banyan Air Service
“We are proud to be a corporate sponsor of the AMTSociety and recognize the importance of this rapidly growing organization for the maintenance community. In fact, all 39 of our maintenance technicians are currently AMTSociety members,” says Don Campion, president, Banyan Air Service, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Banyan’s maintenance department offers comprehensive aircraft maintenance services, including turbine airframe and engine maintenance, major structural repairs and modifications, avionics installations and support, interior refurbishment, and parts sales and distribution. The maintenance department operates 10 hours a day, six days a week and specializes in King Air, Citation, Hawker, Learjet, and Pilatus inspections and modifications.
It is both an FAA and EASA approved repair station, and holds Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazilian government maintenance approvals. Banyan received the FAA Diamond Award of Excellence in 2005, 2006, and 2007. And, Dale Meiler, lead maintenance inspector for Banyan, received the 2007ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician’s Award.
Its avionics department offers comprehensive avionics installations, repairs, modifications, instrument aftermarket sales, structural engineering, sales, and warranty support services for communications systems (SATCOM, HF, VHR, UHF), navigational equipment (VOR, GPS, FMS, MFD), autopilot systems, hazard avoidance systems (TCAS, EGPWS), radars and instruments, RVSM systems, and advanced entertainment systems. Banyan’s avionics department is certified as a FAA repair station and is an authorized dealer for all major avionics manufacturers.
Banyan started in 1979 in a small 4,000-square-foot hangar as a maintenance facility for small charter operators. Today, Banyan is a 24-hour, full-service fixed base operation, with more than 150 teammates. Banyan caters to domestic and international aircraft owners, corporations, and governmental agencies. For more information, visit banyanair.com.
CHJ Aircraft Maintenance Inc.
CHJ Aircraft Maintenance Inc. was established in 2006 by its current owner, president, and director of maintenance, Douglas Truskowski. Douglas started his aircraft technician experience in his teenage years with the U.S. Marine Corps. and has more than 15 years of experience as a director of maintenance at DTW Metro Airport in Detroit, MI.