He's Back!

Bill O'Brien is writing for AMT again


He's back. After a brief sabbatical, Bill O'Brien is once again gracing the pages of AMT.

When Bill wrote his last FAA Feedback column last year, AMT readers wrote and e-mailed us saying that you were "sad to see him retiring" and that you "hope AMT finds someone like Bill to write for us."

Well, in January, AMT contacted Bill about the idea of writing for us as a regular columnist. Although he says he is still holding out for his dream job in the paint department at Home Depot, Bill agreed to once again write for us as a regular columnist. Be sure to turn to page 40 to read the first installment of Bill's new monthly column — Fine Print.

On another note — it is darn cold in Wisconsin right now. When I stepped out of my house this morning on the way to work, it was a whopping 10 degrees below zero. The high today is supposed to be 3 degrees Fahrenheit. But by the time this magazine arrives in your mailbox, it should be quite warmer as spring is just around the corner. Not only does spring signify the coming of all things green, it also signals the coming of another trade show season.

When I was working as an aircraft mechanic in the field, I never had the opportunity to go to a trade show. The company I worked for didn't send us to shows, and I couldn't justify paying my own way to go to one. It just didn't seem worth the money. Boy was I wrong!

I am fortunate to be able to attend several trade shows each year on behalf of the magazine. Trade shows offer something for everyone. Take training for instance. From technical presentations to professional development classes, there are usually plenty of seminars going on to help boost your knowledge. On the show floor you can learn about the latest products and services. And last, but definitely not least, trade shows offer great networking opportunities. For a listing of upcoming trade shows and events, visit AMTonline.com.

If you will be at Aviation Industry Expo in Orlando, FL, March 20-22, be sure to stop by the Cygnus booth and say "Hi." I would appreciate talking to you and getting your feedback on the magazine, our industry, and the critical issues that are important to you. After all, AMT is your magazine. And thank you for making us the No. 1 maintenance magazine out there!

Thanks for reading, and we welcome your feedback!

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