AMTSociety State of the Industry Address
With maintenance vehicles and aircraft towing, you have a lot of responsibility and a job to do and you also want to get it done right – right? This, in many cases, requires you to drive maintenance vehicles or move aircraft by taxi or towing in the airfield maintenance areas. Be proactive and learn the tower frequencies, especially the ground control frequency (jot them down), recognize and be certain that you understand the airfield markings and signs, and by all means, before you move, get authorization/clearance – and VERIFY!
Following this procedure each and every time will reduce your risk of: causing an unauthorized or unapproved movement within the movement area or an occurrence in the movement associated with the operation of an aircraft that affects or could affect the safety of flight resulting in a reported surface deviation incident – or causing any occurrence at an airport involving an aircraft involving an aircraft, vehicle, person, or object on the ground that creates a collision hazard or results in the loss of separation with an aircraft taking off, intending to take off, landing, or intending to land resulting in a reported runway incursion.
New mission and vision statements
Mission Statement: To honor the legacy of the aviation community while advancing opportunities for aircraft maintenance technicians to further their profession and ensure the future of aviation.
Vision Statement: To actively promote and protect the professional aircraft maintenance technician’s craft and profession, advance the future of our profession, and to provide resources and benefits to its members.
— Stay safe, Tom Hendershot
Additions to the board of directors
Thursday, May 17, 2012, three more individuals joined your AMTSociety Board: Gloria J. Cosby, EVP of the Diversified Group, Cygnus Business Media; Ronald W. Donner, Editor of AMT Magazine; and Michael R. Sasso, National Accounts Manager, AMT.
Gloria Cosby started as publisher at Cygnus Business Media in 1989. In 2007, she was promoted from Group Publisher to Brand Director. In 2011, she was promoted to one of just four Executive Vice President positions overseeing the Diversified Group. As EVP, she is responsible for managing strategy and implementation of print, digital and tradeshow brands in several top U.S. industries including transportation and aviation. She is a recognized expert on digital assets and integrating business-to-business platforms for advertisers and was previously named to MIN’s list of “11 Women to Watch.”
Ronald (Ron) Donner is an aviation professional having spent his entire life involved in aviation. He holds FAA certificates as an A&P/IA, commercial pilot, single and multi engine land, instrument airplane, glider, and is an airplane owner.
Ron began his aviation career working line service while attending aviation school. From 1975 until 1983 he held positions in general aviation as line service, technician, inspector, and charter pilot. He then began a long career with Northwest Airlines holding positions as a technician, supervisor, manager, quality assurance auditor and FAA liaison. His activity in the QA/FAA Liaison group gained him significant experience in regulatory compliance, safety, airport operations, and repair station/MRO activity worldwide. In January 2010 he left NWA and now uses his aviation experience as the Editor of Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) Magazine.
Ron has been a volunteer member of the board of directors for Minnesota based Stanton Sport Aviation Inc. from 2000 to present, president from 2004 to 2009, and is currently vice president. He serves on the advisory committee for the annual Minnesota Aviation Maintenance Conference, is an FAA Safety Team Representative, and a member in good standing of many aviation organizations.