AMTSociety Update

A society is a group of people who organize for a specific purpose. Our group, AMTSociety, was formed in 2005 to provide a community for the aircraft maintenance industry. Currently we have 2,461 members. Members are technicians, maintenance managers and directors, engineers, students, instructors, and more.

Our purpose is to provide members with benefits that aid in personal and professional growth. The Society provides educational offerings and helps throughout all phases of development.

Over the next six months, five live IA renewal events will be held at locations around the country, including the AviationPros LIVE tradeshow in Las Vegas ( We have enhanced the topics offered during the live events, and registration is open on our web site (

Other benefits include a 12-month subscription to added onto an existing subscription, one year of free access to the NCATT database and a 20 percent discount for the second year, two free passes to the AviationPros LIVE tradeshow, a Snap-on ratcheting screwdriver for new associate members, and discounts on Hertz car rentals. More member benefits are available with a few new ones announced later in this article, and we are working toward providing greater member benefits in the future.

AMTSociety is committed to the future growth of the maintenance profession through its scholarship programs and other student support programs. Aviation students receive a reduced membership fee. Through its recent leadership efforts with other key industry organizations, AMTSociety is recognized as a leading organization of the aviation maintenance profession.

Currently, AMTSociety has a group of nine volunteer directors, which includes me. These dedicated individuals provide input on the direction of AMTSociety, determining relevant initiatives, and assisting with any number of activities. In prior years, this number was greater. I feel the number of directors and advisors is not as important as what skills and experience are best for these leadership positions. Guidance to AMTSociety should come from a variety of segments: general aviation, MRO, airlines, corporate aviation, etc. We will continue to refine the blend and role of directors and advisors in order to provide the best guidance possible to AMTSociety, and in turn to our members.

AMTSociety receives support from its parent company Cygnus Business Media, in such areas as event management, administrative services, sales and marketing, print and digital content management, and financial stewardship. Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) magazine is the Official Publication of AMTSociety and members are guaranteed a complimentary subscription.

Through leadership efforts, AMTSociety becomes recognized as an organization supporting the aircraft maintenance community and profession. Resulting initiatives can benefit our industry and our members.

Continual learning is a key component to aviation safety, your career, and our profession. Whether you are a student, a new A&P, a seasoned technician holding an Inspection Authorization (IA), a maintenance manager, or director of maintenance, we all understand the importance of training and continual learning.

Through our AMTSociety Roadshow Consortium, live training seminars and ongoing learning opportunities are provided that are accepted by the FAA for IA renewal training. All maintenance professionals are encouraged to attend, not just those choosing to use such training for IA renewal.

Watch for regular updates in AMTSociety newsletters, on the AMTSociety web site, and in Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine.

Ronald (Ron) Donner, AMTSociety Executive Director


AMTSociety Partners with ARSA on Education Offerings and Member Benefits

AMTSociety columns have discussed the importance of collaboration with other aviation organizations.

I’m honored to announce a collaboration with the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). (More details are provided below.)


New Topics for the Roadshow Consortium Series

Representatives from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, the law firm that operates ARSA will be providing up to four hours of valuable high-quality education at each of the upcoming AMTSociety live training seminars. Subjects covered by these speakers include a detailed review of maintenance regulations, the topic of major/minor repairs, and very important topic of maintenance record keeping.


New Member Benefits

ARSA currently offers weekly webinars to address a variety of business and compliance issues confronting the aviation industry. AMTSociety members can now view the ARSA weekly webinars for the same price as ARSA members: $35 per webinar. Register for these webinars at

Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein will provide the following legal services to AMTSociety members on matters pertaining to aviation and aircraft maintenance:

  • Free initial consultation for up to 30 minutes in length
  • 10% off legal services for AMTSociety members



A New Face at AMTSociety

Please join me in welcoming Jill Burnett to the AMTSociety staff. Jill assumes the reins as events marketing, conference management, and administrative manager here at Cygnus Business Media for the Aviation, Technology and Transportation (ATT) Group. In this role she will be the primary contact for AMTSociety membership questions, administrative support, and assisting with the live education events. Jill brings a customer-first attitude and attention to detail to everything she touches, and is a wonderful addition to assist with daily AMTSociety activities.

Jill can be reached at (800) 547-7377 Ext. 2014 or