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  • Eulogy to Robert Odegaard

    By Ronald Donner - Wednesday September 12, 2012
    Last week Friday, September 7 ,  Robert (Bob) Odegaard was killed in a plane crash as he was preparing to fly the 2nd of only two Super Corsairs in the world in an airshow at Valley City, ND. Bob was an aircraft mechanic and pilot; probably one of the...
  • Advisory and Rulemaking Committee asks for input

    By Ronald Donner - Wednesday August 29, 2012
    This week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) posted a press release on its website that should have interest to many in the aircraft maintenance community. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 mandated the FAA establish an ARC with...
  • The Politics of Aviation

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday August 16, 2012
    In the news this week an item with potential effects on the U.S. aviation industry as we know it made its way through a variety of news outlets. The Aerospace Industries Association and Econsult Corporation released a report regarding the economic...
  • Goodyear Airship Operations

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday August 2, 2012
    “Once you get into a cool job like this, why would you leave” says Dave Spratley after nine and a half years as an aircraft maintenance technician for Goodyear Airship Operations. Last week during the EAA 2012 AirVenture in Oshkosh Wisconsin, I had...
  • Further Recognition of Charles E. Taylor

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday July 12, 2012
    Located near the entrance to the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is a display appropriately called the Wall of Honor. The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Wall of Honor contains the names of...
  • General Aviation Awards Program

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday July 5, 2012
    Last week during the Minnesota Aircraft Maintenance Technician Conference advisory panel meeting, I was reminded that applications and nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 General Aviation Awards Program. At the end of the meeting, Jim Niehoff...
  • Visiting your local airport

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday June 21, 2012
    Many small airports throughout the upper Midwest where I live hold gatherings during the summer months. The Fly-In as it’s called generally revolves around a breakfast or lunch, many times hosted by a flying club, EAA chapter, local civic...
  • Another Great One…

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday June 7, 2012
    Each day we hear the passing of people who served our great country during World War II. Some of these great ones were notable figures, others regular folks like me. Recently one of my areas local great ones took his last flight. William "Bill" Auburn...
  • Celebrate AMT Day

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday May 24, 2012
    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...
  • Pratt & Whitney's Flying Test Bed

    By Ronald Donner - Thursday May 10, 2012
    Last week while attending the Pratt & Whitney Media Day event at the company headquarters in Hartford, CT, I along with others had the pleasure of going on-board one of the two Pratt & Whitney Boeing 747SP aircraft used for flight testing of turbine...