What would you think if I told you that there is a contest out there that is designed just for you? What would you say that instead of your average lottery's million to one odds against you winning, the worst odds against you in a nation-wide contest is just a smidgen over a 1,000 to one? What if I was to tell you that in this contest there will be 20 winners and every one of the winners is going to be a mechanic? And the best part about this contest is, you don't have to buy a ticket.
The name of the contest is called: the FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award contest. The purpose of the contest is to serve as an incentive for the FAA's Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program. All you have to do to throw your hat in the hopper is to earn either a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Ruby, or Diamond AMT award by finishing the required training. Check out Advisory Circulars (AC) 65.25, AMT Awards Program for the finer details on how to apply for each of the five awards. The AC is available from your local FSDO. Once you earn the award you are automatically enrolled into the contest by your friendly FSDO Safety Program Manager.
This will be the sixth year for our contest and it is getting more popular every year. The FAA 2001 contest for this year closed at the end of December. The drawing for the 2001 prizes will take place on March 26th at the PAMA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. So far we expect over 23,000 mechanics to participate. I suspect the reason behind the growing popularity of the contest is because industry sponsors have been offering some great prizes and the odds are in your favor. Which reminds me, here are the prizes for this 2002 contest year which starts January 1, 2002:
Grand Prize: Sponsored by Delta Air Lines: The winner will receive:
•Round-trip tickets for two from any Delta City (U.S. domestic only) to: Hawaii or Grand Cayman or any Delta U.S. city.
•$500 spending money. A second honeymoon!
1st Prize: Sponsored by TIMCO: The winner will receive a Snap-On gift certificate for $2,000 worth of tools. Wouldn't those tools look good in your toolbox!
2nd Prize: Sponsored by Aerolearn.com: The winner will receive a desktop computer with 128 MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive, CD ROM, and a 17-inch monitor. You could finally get rid of your old 8080 computer and Pac Man software!
3rd Prize: Sponsored by SimuFlite Training International: The winner will receive a maintenance training course of his/her choice. This can be any regularly scheduled initial or recurrent event at SimuFlite's Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, training center. Training with the pros!
4th Prize: Sponsored by Frontier Airlines: The winner and a guest will receive one round-trip ticket to any destination that Frontier flies. Fly the Spirit of the West!
5th Prize: Sponsored by Aircraft Technical Publishers: The winner and a guest will receive:
•An ATP Maintenance Director E log maintenance planning and software package.
•A one-year subscription to ATP Maintenance Schedule of the winner's choice.
•A one-year subscription to ATP's U.S. Aviation Regulatory Library on CD-ROM. Wouldn't your competitor be jealous!
6th Prize: Sponsored by Northrop Rice Aviation Institute of Technology: The winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used toward receiving a degree from Northrop Rice. This scholarship can be used for online courses. A ticket to a college degree, wouldn't Mom be proud!
7th Prize: Sponsored by Aviation Data Research:
•The winner will receive a PMA Parts Finder CD-ROM and a one-year subscription to the electronic update service. Total retail value is $350. Win this one and it should make the parts manager almost smile.
8th Prize: Sponsored by The Association for Women in Aviation: Five winners will receive a one-year membership in the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (An additional winner will receive a signed and numbered limited edition Lithograph.)
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