Why Attend Safety Meetings?

In 59 of the 89 nationwide FAA local Flight Standards District Offices, there are hard-working Aviation Safety Inspectors called Airworthiness Safety Program Managers (SPM).

Our fourth line of business will be to provide regulatory and technical training opportunities to Part 121 and Part 135 air carriers. Several of our FAA regions have already started air carrier training within their geographic boundaries. But, our safety program's first formal venture into this new arena will be the Transport Category Aircraft Maintenance Symposium (TCAMS) held in Tucson, AZ on October 28-30, 1999. Pima County Community College District is the symposium sponsor. Tony Guglielmino, TCAMS director assures me that this event is for mechanics, not suits. They are a non-profit organization whose focus is on training. Major manufacturers from Boeing to Pratt are going to be there — to train, not to sell their product. There is a $90.00 fee for this 3-day event. If you are interested please contact Tony G. or John Svob at (520) 206-6186.

Seventh, for the most part, the local airworthiness safety training is free! OK, so you might have to throw a couple bucks in a hat to pay for the strong coffee and day-old donuts, but it is still cheaper than eating lunch in a fast-food joint. More importantly, aviation safety depends on the fact that all mechanics, both GA and Air Carrier, must learn all there is to know about our trade and that includes regulatory as well as technical matters.

Why? Because if a mechanic refuses to participate in his profession; refuses to learn new ideas and new concepts; refuses to make a contribution; or refuses to help a fellow mechanic; he loses, and our profession loses.

Now that I've talked you into attending the seminars, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you about a small problem we're having. There is an active mechanic population nation-wide of over 125,000, a Part 147 student population of 8000, 4800 technicians working at Part 145 Repair Stations, and over 130 Air Carriers, yet I have only 59 FAA airworthiness SPMs that design, schedule, and provide the training. If we are successful in the next 24 months and raise the number of attendees at the safety training meetings, and in turn, because of increasing demand, increase the number of safety meetings, I will burn out these SPM folks in less than 30 months. I would hate to see the safety program die because it was a victim of its own success, so I need some help from the people we serve.

Please consider being appointed as a FAA Aviation Safety Counselor for airworthiness. There is no application required for the appointment. If you are interested in becoming a counselor contact the SPM in your local FSDO and discuss your qualifications and commitment to the program. Counselors are selected based on their knowledge, experience, and commitment to enhancing aviation as well as their standing within the aviation community.

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