AMTSociety Mx Logs Update

A total of 27 teams competed this year, and Southwest Airlines won for the third year in a row, and the U.S. Coast Guard won the Bill O'Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance Award.

Hendershot Lifetime Achievement Award

The recipient of the AMTSociety Thomas E. Hendershot Lifetime Achievement Award is Douglas R. Lynn from Euclid, OH.

Lynn is employed as the director of maintenance for PACE-Cleveland Steel Container, which operates a Hawker 800 located at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, OH.

He is a 1963 graduate of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology and has been nominated to receive the Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the Cleveland FSDO.

The number of nominations and the comments speak volumes as to the involvement and passion that Lynn displays each and every day. One nominator's comments stated, "I can say knowing and working for Doug has meant a career for me." Another stated, "Doug has been a mainstay for the Northern Ohio area."

Lynn has served as the president, vice president, and secretary of Northern Ohio Aviation Maintenance Association (NOAMA), and also served a two-year term as vice president and two-year term as the secretary for PAMA. He is also a lifetime member of AMTSociety.

The plaque presented to Lynn reads: "For outstanding personal efforts in improving knowledge of aircraft technicians and inspiring others to enhance aviation safety through self-education. And for your leadership and exemplary dedication to aircraft maintenance, safety, training, your professional attitude, and adherence to the Mechanic's Creed.

"With Sincere Appreciation, the Board of Directors, March 9, 2012."

MSC Participant: FedEx

For the last several years FedEx has donated engines for use in the Maintenance Skills Competition, along with having teams compete in the event.

FedEx Express manager Mike Sanford has attended the AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition the three years to support the FedEx Express AMTs from Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Memphis who compete. He comments, “I’m always impressed by the professionalism and dedication I see in all the AMTs who participate in the annual skills competition. We are honored to be associated with the program.”

History of FedEx: In 1965, Yale University undergraduate Frederick W. Smith wrote a term paper about the passenger route systems used by most airfreight shippers, which he viewed as economically inadequate. Smith wrote of the need for shippers to have a system designed specifically for airfreight that could accommodate time-sensitive shipments such as medicines, computer parts and electronics.  

In August of 1971 following a stint in the military, Smith bought controlling interest in Arkansas Aviation Sales, located in Little Rock, AR. While operating his new firm, Smith identified the tremendous difficulty in getting packages and other airfreight delivered within one to two days. Thus, the idea for Federal Express was born.  

The company incorporated in June 1971 and officially began operations on April 17, 1973, with the launch of 14 small aircraft from Memphis International Airport. On that night, Federal Express delivered 186 packages to 25 U.S. cities from Rochester, NY, to Miami, FL.  

Today FedEx Express has the world's largest all-cargo air fleet, including Boeing 777s and MD-11s and Airbus A-300s and A-310s. The planes have a total daily lift capacity of more than 30 million pounds, and deliver to customers in more than 220 countries and territories. In a 24-hour period, the fleet travels nearly 500,000 miles while its couriers log 2.5 million miles a day – the equivalent of 100 trips around the earth.

In 1994 Federal Express officially adopted "FedEx" as its primary brand, taking a cue from its customers, who frequently referred to the company by the shortened name. Today, FedEx Express is the flagship operating company of FedEx Corporation, which provides strategic direction and consolidated financial reporting for the operating companies that compete collectively under the FedEx name worldwide: Other operating companies include FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Office, FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Trade Networks, FedEx Supply Chain Solutions, and FedEx Services.

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