SAVANNAH, Ga., August 4, 2009 — The Gulfstream Aerospace service center in Brunswick, Ga., recently received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 2008 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence Award. It is the eighth consecutive year the facility has been honored with the distinction. In addition, Gulfstream Brunswick employees earned 21 Ruby, 14 Gold, 62 Silver and eight bronze awards for individuals.
“It is a testament to the leadership at Gulfstream Aerospace Brunswick and its technicians’ dedication that so many were honored by the FAA,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “The FAA’s Diamond Award is what each of our Gulfstream facilities strive to achieve. We are very proud that Brunswick has earned this honor for the eighth straight year.”
The AMT program was established in 1992 to recognize FAA-certified aviation mechanics and their employers for participating in supplemental aviation training and other continuing-education courses. The Diamond Certificate is the higher of the FAA’s two award levels for employers. It is awarded to organizations with 100 percent participation in the FAA’s maintenance training program. Examples of approved training include FAA and industry training seminars and on-the-job technical training or college-level courses in science, mathematics or management.
For aviation technicians, the Ruby Award is the second-highest of the FAA’s five award levels. The Diamond Award is the highest. Each level is based on the hours of qualifying aircraft maintenance training each member of the aviation maintenance work force receives during the year. Requirements for a Ruby Award are completion of a 10-day aviation maintenance course, 58 hours of maintenance training, or 15 hours of teaching maintenance training. A Gold Award requires 34 hours of aviation maintenance training, a Silver Award requires 14 hours, and a Bronze Award requires six hours.