Editor’s Viewpoint

March 13, 2008
See You in Dallas!

As I write this column, it is early February, and the high temperature today here in Wisconsin will be 9 F (with a wind chill of 20 below). It is hard to imagine that we will be in the warmth of Dallas, TX, March 18-20 for Aviation Industry Expo. I can’t wait! This year’s show promises to be an informative, interactive and fun-filled show for aircraft maintenance professionals.

Beginning here, you can read about some of the events going on at this year’s show. Here are a few highlights:

AMTSociety will kick off the week’s activities with a golf tournament on Monday, March 17. The tournament will be at Bear Creek Golf Club where participants will be teeing it up for a good cause — AMTSociety’s AMTScholarship fund. There will be prizes, door prizes, and food, and a reception that evening.

The trade show opens up on March 18. There are plenty of things to do at the show. You can visit exhibitors to see the latest aircraft maintenance tools and services available. You can also attend seminars accepted by the FAA for IA recurrency training requirements. You can see your peers participate in AMTSociety’s AMTSkills competition, where teams and individuals will use their aircraft maintenance skills to compete for prizes. AMTSociety will also have a toolbox giveaway during the show with all proceeds benefiting the AMTScholarship fund.

For those that didn’t have enough fun golfing on Monday, there will be a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament on Tuesday evening sponsored by Southwest Airframe and Tank (S.W.A.T.). Participants can see how they stack up against their peers in a fun evening of poker benefiting the AMTScholarship fund. The tournament will be at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Dallas. A $50.00 buy-in gets you a seat at a table and free food and drinks. Prizes will be awarded for the final table.

Also, be sure to check out the two roundtable discussions that AMTSociety and NATA are co-sponsoring. The first will be on Tuesday on Safety Management Systems, and the other will be on Thursday and discuss the future of aircraft mechanics and pilots.

Have more questions? You can visit AviationIndustryExpo.com to learn more.

See you in Dallas!