State of AMTSociety Address
We have been extremely busy of late with representing you, the membership, at various meetings some of which will be discussed this month.
On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2011, I attended a meeting with Melvin O. “Mel” Cintron, Division Manager of the General Aviation and Commercial Division, AFS-800. The main point discussed was the FAA AMT Awards Program. There are indications across the United States that the infrastructure for training, safety, and self-improvement is being used by the number of individuals who have or are registered on FAASafety.gov and completed courses, or have made entries for courses they have completed elsewhere. I would encourage each and every one of you to register, complete a “core program,” enter your completed data, and receive an award. If you have further questions, review AC 65-26E or contact me with your concerns.
Aviation Technician Education Council
The semi-annual ATEC board of directors meeting was conducted on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, in addition to the afternoon session on Friday with FAA/AFS-300 at Enfont Plaza Headquarters.
The schools for A&P training that participate in the organization are also involved in the FAA’s FAR 147 ARAC. Although more than two years was committed to this very important project, it is still under review and we are not certain of a definite date for the industry.
Emily Griffith Technical College
The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) donated a jet engine to the airplane hangar of West High School where young students explore the science of aviation. On Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, this prototype Continental J69 engine was presented as part of an Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Department of Aeronautics, Emily Griffith Technical College, and Denver West High School.
In close partnership with Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC), West High School is one of only a few such programs in the country, promoting aviation maintenance technology to high school students interested in a career in aviation.
As Colonel Neal Barlow, chair of the Academy’s Engineering Division expressed, “We are excited to share this engine with West High School as an excellent teaching tool and to motivate another generation of students to pursue careers in both aviation as well as science, technology, engineering, and math.”
Added member benefits
For all new members after September you will receive a one-year subscription to Trade-A-Plane. A copy will be delivered to your address every month for one year. This is for new members only.
In support of your dedication to the future of the aviation community, Avjobs is offering a special discount. Eligible participants are provided with an extended free service period of 12 months added to the end of an existing account’s regular subscription cycle. You will have to provide documentation of being an AMTSociety member or having a certificate of completion from the AMTSociety IA renewal training program. There will be a special offers form on the Avjobs web site.
— Stay safe, Tom Hendershot
2011-2012 AMTSociety IA Renewal Consortium Program
The first IA Renewal program was held Sept. 17 at Crimson Technical College in Los Angeles. Speakers included Bob Hobbi from Service Elements, Dan Prairie from Textron-Bell Helicopter, Mark Collins from FedEx, Paul M. Foster from the FAA, and Ross Gregory from the FAASTeam. Be sure to check the web site, AMTSociety.org, to register and for any last-minute location or time changes that may occur.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, Holiday Inn and Suites Sunrise, 3003 N. University Dr., Sunrise, FL 33322 (FLL)
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, Doubletree Hotel, 180 Rt. 17 S., Mahwah, NJ 07430, Mahwah, NJ
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, Holiday Inn Seattle International Airport, 17338 Intl. Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188 (SEA)
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, Four Points By Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport, One Industry Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15275 (PIT)