Readers In Action Photo Contest

Each year we sort through photos submitted by you our readers until we find that right one that says; AMT Readers In Action. It’s that time of the year again. Last year’s winning photo showed a team of US Airways technicians at work changing a tire on the main landing gear of an A330 as the aircraft was being prepared to be dispatched on an international flight. The image captured to the fullest extent AMT Readers In Action; several technicians; team work; tools and equipment; just a great photo.

So get out those cameras and send us your best images showing your technicians, your crew, in the shop, hangar, ramp, flight line or assembly line, for a chance to proudly show your stuff on the cover of the June issue of AMT. Any and all segments of aircraft maintenance will be considered. Along with being on the cover of AMT, we will also provide $250 for you and the team to celebrate with. Photos need to be quality high-resolution images. Send them directly to me at; include your name, a detailed explanation of the photo, and your contact information including a telephone number. Place the words Readers In Action in the email subject line. The deadline for submitting photos is May 1. Good luck!

Last month the Cygnus Aviation Expo and the AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition proved to be another huge success. During the Expo, I held a discussion with leaders of three very successful business aircraft maintenance organizations. Rich Baeder, vice president and general manager for Elliott Aviation of the Quad Cities; Chad Doehring, maintenance manager with Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, NE; and Vinnie Venditto, avionics and maintenance manager with Jet Aviation St. Louis.

These industry leaders spoke on some of the challenges facing their companies today, including managing multiple MRO locations. They spoke on topics that echo through the industry these days: leadership, consistent application of policy, and hiring and retaining a skilled aircraft maintenance workforce. Each gave their perspective based on current real-life experiences. As a side note, each one of them stated their companies are growing and are currently hiring staff with the right blend of skills. You can watch the 50-minute video of this FBO/MRO Roundtable on by visiting the Media Center and selecting the Cygnus Aviation Expo.

Enjoy the issue, Ron

Ron Donner has held both technical and management roles in general aviation and during his 27 years with Northwest Airlines. He holds FAA certificates as an A&P/IA and a commercial pilot.