FORT ATKINSON, WI – AMTSociety, a group devoted to support and promotion of aircraft maintenance professionals, will host the AMTSkills Competition during its first Aircraft Maintenance Show at the Aviation Industry Expo from March 18-20 in Dallas, TX.
The AMTSkills Competition features divisions for both individuals and teams of four. Any licensed A&P mechanic involved in, and/or supporting aircraft maintenance functions at any organization, company or corporation may enter. Any currently enrolled student in an authorized Part 147 school may enter as well. The AMTSkills Competition is also open to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces involved in the aircraft maintenance field. Membership in AMTSociety is not necessary to apply.
The competition gives AMTs, both licensed A&P Mechanics, student A&P Mechanics, and U.S. Military Personnel involved in the aircraft maintenance field the opportunity to test their combined and individual abilities against their peers. Competitors have the chance to showcase their knowledge, skill, and integrity to help raise awareness of the training and skill needed for today’s AMT to carry the great responsibility of providing safe, airworthy aircraft.
The AMTSociety AMTSkills Competition will consist of 11 events for the team competition and three events for the individual competition. Planned events and their sponsors/judges include: windshield (Perkins Aircraft); hardware identification (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University); safety wiring (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University); avionics/electrical (Spirit Avionics); piston engine (Superior Air Parts); Gulfstream IV Main wheel/brake (Alberth Aviation); APU combuster assembly (Dallas Airmotive); Charles E. Taylor written test (AMTSociety); electrical troubleshooting (Duncan Aviation); avionics troubleshooting (CAE); and composite repair.
Full AMTSkills Competition events and rules can be found on the AMTSkills Competition criteria form on the AMTSociety web site, www.AMTSociety.org. All applications must be received no later than February 20, 2008. All proceeds will benefit the Northrop-Rice Foundation for AMTScholarships.
All competitors must attend an introductory session on Monday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Dallas Convention Center. This meeting is the competitors’ chance to meet with the judges and AMTSociety directors to review rules, review skills event requirements, and ask questions. Any questions about the AMTSkills Competition may be directed to the AMTSkills Competition co-chairman and AMTSociety Director Ken MacTiernan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 395-6681.
Teams already signed up to compete include representatives from American Airlines, American Eagle, Continental Airlines, Redstone University, and AMTs from the Tulsa, OK, and Kansas City, MO.
AMTSociety members get into the Aviation Industry Expo and other face-to-face seminars free. Membership also includes free online IA renewal, entrance to AMTSociety road show seminars, and eligibility to win monthly prize drawings. Those who join AMTSociety or renew their membership prior to March 31 receive a $50 Brown Tool gift card.
AMTSociety was formed in 2005 as an affinity group to provide online certification testing and renewal programs and to provide benefits and industry resources to members. It was made a full-fledged association on November 8, 2006. The board of directors is comprised of dedicated maintenance professionals with more than 20 years of experience. AMTSociety has more than 25 corporate sponsors, three student chapters, three local chapters, and 2,000 members.
A total of nine teams entered the first AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition which included 11 events. Taking first place was Continental Airlines.