Welcome to 2013

I‘m very pleased to announce the pages of Aircraft Maintenance Technology this year will include regular updates from one of the finest organizations in the industry: the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. With more than 400 member companies located worldwide, ARSA exists solely to support the needs of the civil aircraft maintenance industry. ARSA works with legislators in Washington, D.C., and regulators when developing aircraft maintenance policy, provides training and regulatory assistance to members, and legal expertise in the areas of aircraft maintenance. I look forward to ARSA’s valuable insights and comments regarding the business of aircraft maintenance.

AviationPros LIVE 2013

With additional educational sessions, APL’13 has something for everyone. We are extremely pleased to have Michael Boyd, chairman, Boyd Group International, provide the keynote address, along with morning sessions each day titled, the New Skyscape, and Navigating The New Future. Plan to attend and hear Boyd speak on current topics such as the restructuring of business aviation, the transformation of rural airports, taxes, and regulations, 100 low-lead fuel challenges, and how growth opportunities today differ from those in the past.

Additional educational sessions will include; a China civil aviation update given by Francis Chao of the China Civil Aviation Report; the latest on FAA safety programs such as maintenance fatigue and human factors in maintenance; winter airfield operations; best practices for achieving a sustainable marking system for runways, taxiways, and the ramp; aircraft rescue and fire fighting; and electric GSE funding and buying trends. Plan now to attend March 13 and 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV.

2013 AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition

Of course the maintenance highlight of APL’13 will be AMTSociety’s 6th annual Maintenance Skills Competition (MSC). Professional AMTs and AMEs, as well as AMT students from around the world will show their skills in this friendly competition on March 13 and 14.

There are 30 scheduled teams from around the world, including Australia, China, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. They will be competing in 18 different events that highlight just some of the many skills needed in today’s aircraft maintenance world. 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). And don’t miss the MSC Awards presentation on the morning of Friday, March 15th. I’ll see you there, Ron