SAVANNAH, Ga., June 5, 2012 — Four maintenance groups within Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently received the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Diamond Award of Excellence for 2011. The Diamond Award is the highest corporate maintenance honor awarded by the FAA.
The Gulfstream award recipients are the Gulfstream Brunswick service center; the U.S. Air Force C-37 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Program at Ramstein Air Base in Germany; and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army C-37 programs at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Gulfstream Brunswick has won the award 12 years in a row, while the C-37 CLS group at Ramstein won both times it was eligible. The Navy and Army C-37 CLS groups at Andrews have won it nine of the last 10 years and 10 of the last 11 years, respectively.
“Winning this award is a tribute to the dedication of our maintenance technicians," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “Their continuous training and professional growth reaffirms our commitment to having the safest, most reliable aircraft in the industry.”
The 22-year-old AMT program honors aviation maintenance personnel and employers who participate in training that exceeds FAA regulatory requirements.
The C-37 is the military version of the Gulfstream GV or G550 business jet. Gulfstream’s CLS staff supports multiple C-37s for worldwide transport of Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Navy leadership, and other U.S. government officials.
Companies that receive the Diamond Award of Excellence must ensure 100 percent of their eligible employees earn an individual AMT Award of Excellence during the calendar year. Brunswick’s eligible employees earned 14 silver and 80 bronze awards; Ramstein’s employees received one gold, four silver and two bronze awards; Andrews’ Navy CLS employees received one gold and 10 silver awards; and Andrew’s Navy CLS employees earned two gold, six silver and two bronze awards.
Individual awards are based on minimum hours of AMT training — 80 for gold, 40 for silver and 12 for bronze. In addition, Gold Award winners must complete a three-credit aviation-related college course.