AMTSociety State of the Industry Address
On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to wish all of you and your families a Happy New Year that is prosperous for all aviation endeavors.
Stay safe, Tom Hendershot
2013 AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition
AMTSociety's 6th Annual Maintenance Skills Competition (AMTS-MSC) will be held in Las Vegas, NV, March 13 – 15, 2013.
Professional AMTs and AMEs, as well as AMT students, from around the world will be speaking out for our proud craft and profession at AMTSociety’s 6th Annual Maintenance Skills Competition (AMTS-MSC) in Las Vegas, NV. They will help bring recognition for the knowledge, skill, and integrity that is needed to build, repair, and maintain aircraft. Regardless of the size of an aircraft or the mission one thing remains constant and that is the AMT/AME that has custody of that aircraft’s safety and airworthiness. These highly skilled individuals will be competing against each other but together they will be representatives of our craft and profession.
There are 18 scheduled teams from around the world that will be going head to head in 15 different events that highlight just some of the many skills needed in today’s aircraft maintenance world. In showing the public what AMT/AMEs do the AMTS-MSC also shows where AMT/AMEs came from with an event related to Charles E. Taylor. Events will test each participant’s ability to troubleshoot electrical and avionic problems as well as pitot static, hydraulic, engine, NDI, and safety wiring events. There are events to challenge an AMT/AME’s skill at researching ADs, window sealing, composite repair, weight and balance, and even an external power receptacle and G IV wheel and brake event.
The events presented are made possible by companies such as PPG Aerospace, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, CAE, ATP, U.S. Navy, FPTI, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, Redstone College, Alberth Aviation, U.S. Coast Guard, Nida Corp., DFW Instruments, FedEx, AirData, and the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA).
There is the William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance that is presented to the one team out of all the teams competing with the lowest overall score. And 2013 will be the second year AMTSociety presents the Professional AMT Award that is awarded to the one AMT/AME/student that is viewed as having the most professional attitude/appearance, team spirit, and attitude. This award is decided by the judges who are scoring the many events.
And what competition would be complete without prizes? The 2013 AMTS-MSC continues with the tradition of tool companies providing quality tools and the biggest sponsor is Snap-On Tools. There are also tools provided by Kennedy Tool Boxes, SK Hand Tools, Stahlwille, Proto/Stanley, ProBuilt Professional Lighting, Leatherman, DeWALT, Silvertronic, Led Lenser, David Clark, Noisebuster, Protective Industrial Products, Top Flight Watches, Bennette Design Group, and Sure-Step.
In addition to the prizes stated above, AMTSociety presents the first, second, and third place team members for each category with an engraved plaque to commemorate the occasion, and there are pictures along with stories of the AMTS-MSC written for the AMT magazine, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
With teams from Australia, China, Mexico, Canada, and the United States, the goal of the MSC grows in that AMTSociety is able to show the public that those within our craft belong to a brotherhood. That AMT/AMEs belong to a society of professionals with the heavy responsibility of ensuring aircraft whether they are commercial aviation, general aviation, and military or from the manufacturing floor are maintained to the highest standards possible. On behalf of AMTSociety’s board of directors I invite you to come and help speak out for our craft by either competing or by just coming out to cheer on those who are competing.
- Ken MacTiernan, Director AMTSociety, Chairman AMTS-MSC