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  • Another Industry Advocate Flies Home

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday July 11, 2013
    The aircraft maintenance community lost yet another true advocate. Many of you recall the writings of Nick Sergi in the pages of Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine. For several years Nick’s no-nonsense Editorial and Industry Outlook messages...
  • Aircraft Maintenance Education

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday June 27, 2013
    News came across my desk today about the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation in Grand Forks donating $25,000 to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s struggling aircraft mechanics school. The donation is intended for scholarships...
  • What Happened Here?

    By Ronald Donner - Wednesday June 5, 2013
    Recent news pointed toward maintenance staff as the reason for the fan cowl doors departing the aircraft on takeoff. The report said, "Subsequent investigation revealed that the fan cowl doors on both engines were left unlatched during maintenance and...
  • AMT Day Celebrations

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday May 16, 2013
    On May 24, the birthday of Charles E. Taylor, the Wright Brothers first mechanic who sometimes is referred to as the “Father of Aircraft Maintenance,” we will once again celebrate Aircraft Maintenance Technician or AMT Day. Do you remember why you...
  • The Regional Airline Industry

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday April 25, 2013
    Nearly 50 percent of the nation’s commercial airline schedule today is operated by Regional Airlines. One of every five domestic airline passengers will travel on one of the 2,700 regional aircraft that serve around 658 cities across the U.S. In 470...
  • Aviation doesn’t settle for average

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday April 11, 2013
    Paging through the May 2013 Consumer Report, a small article on page 11 titled “U.S. hospitals still not safe” caught my attention. The article explained how more hospitals are required to track and report safety data, and it provided a summary and...
  • ARSA 2013 Annual Repair Symposium

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday March 28, 2013
    Sarah MacLeod welcomed everyone on Thursday, March 21 st in her usual spirited style. Ms. MacLeod as most of you know is executive director and a founder of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. Throughout the day ARSA staff, industry...
  • 6th Annual AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday March 14, 2013
    Twenty four teams from four countries competing in fourteen different maintenance skills events began the three day AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition yesterday. New for this year is live video streaming of the entire event sponsored by Snap-on...
  • The Aircraft Maintenance Profession Loses a Friend

    By Ronald Donner - Wednesday February 27, 2013
    The last time I visited Denver, CO, we celebrated Tom Hendershot’s induction into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. Today my visit is to attend Tom’s funeral. We were all saddened to hear of the recent passing of aircraft maintenance...
  • William O'Brien Trophy for Aviation Tech Excellence

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday February 14, 2013
    The AMTSociety has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Snap-on. For those of you that have attended the AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition, held in conjunction with Aviation Pros LIVE (former Cygnus Aviation Expo) you have seen the...