AMTSociety State of the Industry Address
Who do you trust?
According to Webster’s Dictionary trust is the “firm” belief or confidence in the honesty, justice, reliability, etc., of another person or thing. When it comes to maintenance and inspections, a question you should always ask yourself is. “Do I trust or have confidence that the previous maintenance or inspection was properly completed?”
Sadly, too many problems and accidents prove otherwise. When removing and replacing a component, don’t “trust” that it was properly installed previously. This is especially true if a component requires bench tests, clearance or tolerance checks prior to installation.
Read, understand, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) rather than installing as it was previously installed. We are human and as hard as we try, we all make mistakes.
When it comes to inspections, carefully and thoroughly inspect every item required by the manufacturer’s inspection checklist rather than being pressured to take shortcuts or cut corners to save time and or money. Do you have the firm belief and/or confidence that all the covers and panels were opened and/or removed and areas behind insulation were properly inspected during previous inspections? The truth is, you don’t know for sure!
Here is a hypothetical example: Someone replaced numerous missing upholstery screws in an interior side panel. It should be documented, but it might not be. Nevertheless, were the screws too long, and maybe one or even several are now chaffing against a fluid line, hose, or electrical wire behind that panel? You don’t know unless you inspect. The firm belief or confidence in reliability comes only after you have performed maintenance and inspection per the manufacturer’s instructions and data. Back in the ‘80s, Ronald Reagan had a phrase he used when dealing with the old Soviet Union, “Trust, but verify.” Good advice for all of us.
— Stay safe, Tom Hendershot
A reminder to all: The date for submission for all scholarship forms and accompanying material is Dec. 15, 2012. Select the scholarship you wish to apply for on the web site, www.AMTSociety.org, complete the form, attach the required information and mail it so that it is postmarked by Dec. 15, 2012 to: Joseph C. Hawkins, Chairman, AMTSociety Scholarship Program, 5419 Colonial Circle, Murfreesboro, TN 37129-7038
Lifetime Achievement Award
For those of you who are interested in nominating someone for this award, the nomination form can be obtained from the web site. After you have completed the form, mail it so that it is postmarked by Dec. 15, 2012, to: Thomas E. Hendershot, Executive Director, AMTSociety International Headquarters, 13183 Regulus Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124-2931
Toolbox raffle and scholarship program
Once again, Snap-on Industrial has supported AMTSociety with a KRA 4107D toolbox valued at $2,500 and your choice of Snap-on tools valued at $2,500. The tickets are one ticket for $5 or three tickets for $10. The color of the toolbox is your individual choice, and the toolbox and tools will be shipped to the address you specify. Should you win and decide to donate this toolbox and tools to an A&P school, like the last two winners have so graciously elected to do, Snap-on will add an additional $1,000 worth of tools for the school. Tickets can be obtained from any AMTSociety director, or you can send me a check for the number of tickets you wish to purchase and I will send the tickets to you (address above). The drawing will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013, during the Maintenance Skills Competition Awards program. The winner need not be present to win.