A Salute

It’s not often that we at AMT magazine get a chance to honor our military personnel on our pages. AMT is predominantly an aviation magazine designed to educate and inform civil aircraft maintenance personnel worldwide.

But when we were offered a chance to highlight the unusual and challenging conditions encountered by A&Ps-turned-soldiers by one of our friends and customers, we were thrilled to jump at the opportunity.

Greg Mellema, actually one of AMT’s customer’s, an employee of Abaris, a composites training company in Reno, Nevada, wanted to give aircraft maintenance personnel a firsthand view of what it’s like to work as an A&P in a war zone. What ends up being just a glimpse of the conditions and challenges faced by these men and women, has to make you appreciate even the most uncomfortable working conditions.

If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, go to Page 16 and read From Mustangs to Storm Riders. Join me in offering our most sincere thanks to Greg Mellema, and all of the men and women in the military who keep us safe back home!

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There is a computer, or a big-screen TV, or other prizes in your future.

AMT magazine and AMTSociety continue to look for ways to create win/win situations for our readers and advertisers alike.

We have several opportunities scheduled for this fall where subscribers can win fantastic prizes and advertisers can benefit from greater exposure to our audience:

• One is something that we started last year, a computer give-a-way by one of our advertisers, RAPCO Inc. This Dell desktop computer comes complete with LCD monitor. It can be won by simply exercising your photography skills and snapping a high-resolution digital photo or high-quality print of your favorite aircraft on the ramp — or your favorite mechanic working on an aircraft in the hangar. Go to www.amtonline.com and click on the RAPCO Inc. link to download the entry forms.
• Next, if you’re planning on attending the National Business Aircraft Association, NBAA, meeting in New Orleans this fall, look for a “Wingo” (based on the game Bingo) card in the next issue of AMT. This will be your opportunity for a chance to win a big-screen TV at NBAA valued at more than $2,000! All you will need to do is visit the advertisers who sponsor the Wingo squares and then come back to the AMT booth to enter your card in the drawing. Don’t forget to spend a few minutes at each sponsor’s booth to examine their products and thank them for sponsoring this great game and wonderful prize!
• Also, AMTSociety continues to grow and sponsors continue to donate generous prizes and rewards. From Kelly Aerospace’s oil filter torque wrench, to Duncan Aviation’s Air to Air III book, as well as generous prizes from RAPCO Inc., High Tech Finishing, AMT Bookstore, Unison, and others, we continue to grow the expanding list of sponsors and contributors. We hope you take advantage of these prizes by joining AMTSociety at www.amtsociety.org. We have more planned — so keep a sharp eye out for these and other contests in the pages of AMT magazine and online at www.amtonline.com.

Thanks for reading.

Greg Napert
Proud to be an A&P