State of AMTSociety Address

The entire board of directors and I sincerely hope that 2012 will be a good and prosperous year for all.

The deadline has come and gone for our Scholarships Awards program and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The respective committees are in the process of reviewing the entries. I would like to thank each and every one of you who responded to these programs. We will announce the winner in the next magazine, and make the formal presentations to the respective winners at the Maintenance Skills Competition in Las Vegas, NV, on March 9, 2012.

Life is good! I count myself among the extremely few who can honestly say that they love what they are doing for a living. Because of my job and my passion for the aviation industry, I read a lot of material about our great industry. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read something about us. And oftentimes it is not something that is written by people outside the aviation industry trying to make us look bad by our own rank and file, and oftentimes it is our own leaders.

That is a heck of a way to inspire people to follow us. Most often they are being critical because we are not “changing with the times.” They proclaim we are not working to improve the next generation. Maybe I am missing something, but I have been in the aviation industry for more than 56 years, and from where I sit, I see quite a different picture.

There are very smart and bright young people both male and female who are enrolling in the aviation schools daily. This is made possible in no small part by some of us talking to these young people every chance we get. These young people have attended a career program, heard comments from the positive and negative sides of our jobs, they have even researched us on the Internet, and certainly last but not least is the recruiting that all of the training schools are doing at this time. For the most part, each of the schools that is a member of ATEC is showing an increase in its respective enrollments.

As far as changing with the times, look at the changes we are going through just within the avionics spectrum, also we are targeting these young people with the potential for leadership and offering them assistance to develop their skills.

AMTSociety is dedicated in every endeavor possible for training for all persons in our great industry. Hey folks, why don’t you look around, and catch someone doing something good and pat them on the back! I’ll bet if we all started doing that we wouldn’t have time to wring our hands about our imminent demise.

Toolbox raffle

Each of the members who serve on the board of directors, including myself, has tickets available for you to purchase. Please remember this goes for a very worthwhile cause: the AMTSociety Scholarship program. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for three tickets. Also it is a tax-deductible donation. You have a Snap-on KRA 4107D toolbox in your choice of color, and your choice of $2,500 worth of tools from Snap-on. Iit is an excellent return on investment. Not only do you win, so does AMTSociety Scholarship program.

Be safe, Tom Hendershot

Corporate sponsors

Each month AMT magazine publishes a page that displays the logos of each respective sponsor. Would you please take just a moment to review these logs, as these corporate sponsors do just that, they help each one of us with their sponsorships, and many of them do offer a reduction in the price of their products and services to AMTSociety members.

Avjobs is an aviation career resource providing a means for industry employers and employees to connect. It delivers a global job market to inquiring applicants and a qualified collection of aviation professionals to hiring companies.

Avjobs, Inc. was established in 1988 as The Airline Employment Assistance Corps. The president of the company, a former flight attendant and pilot, was often asked how he acquired his position with the airlines. What began as friendly conversations grew into a business dedicated to helping people find jobs in the aviation and aerospace industry.

It launched the first aviation job web site in 1992 with the unveiling of the Bulletin Board Service. Today, it is the longest running aviation employment web site of its kind and remains steadfast in its approach.

As both the business and the World Wide Web began to grow, the team identified a need to build a more recognizable brand. Thus, in 2002 it began doing business as emphasizing the broader scope of aviation it now touched.

With a clear focus and commitment to serving their customers, Avjobs revealed two new features to the web site in the fall of 2005. The Employer and Applicant Portals now enabled both types of customers to login to secure webpages which were more tailored to fit their specific needs. For example, applicants are able to search for jobs using 56 different search criteria and are able to practice interview skills with an interactive system. Alternatively, employers can narrow a search on a potential employee to a particular certificate rating or explore deeper into a candidate’s credentials.

Serving all sectors of commercial, corporate, and general aviation, Avjobs continues to work hard to create supreme services for its customers. It recently launched a new application on the Droid market with plans for expansion into the Apple market. Furthermore, it just introduced the newest versions of the Avjobs toolbar providing key information right at your fingertips.

For more information, please visit or call Brittany Davies at (303) 683-2322.  

Hertz Corporation

Hertz, the world's leading vehicle renting organization, operates from approximately 8,500 locations in 146 countries worldwide.

Hertz is the No. 1 airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 81 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, the company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa and the Middle East. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz #1 Club Gold, NeverLost customized in-car GPS system, Sirius XM satellite radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the company's Prestige, Adrenaline, and Green Traveler collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. The company also operates the Advantage car rental brand and the global car sharing club Hertz on Demand. And, Hertz operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, from approximately 325 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France, Spain, and Italy.

Hertz is committed to the general aviation segment and provides industry-leading quality, service, vehicle selection, and competitive rates to more than 1,000 FBO locations across North America, every day.

Through this new relationship with AMTSociety, Hertz is pleased to offer the aircraft maintenance professionals discounts and promotional offers that will increase the value proposition of their membership. Call to find out more.

About the Author

Tom Hendershot | Executive Director