Happy Birthday!

May 18, 2006
Next Wednesday is the birthday of Charles Taylor. What will you be doing?

OK, I will begin today's blog by saying it is my birthday. And let's just say it is a milestone one. My co-workers were gracious enough to decorate my office with black balloons, R.I.P. signs, and an inflatable cane that reads "Tease me about my age and I'll hit you with my cane." They have had quite a bit of fun at my expense, and I appreciate their thoughtful birthday wishes.

But all of the hullabaloo of today pales in comparison to the significance of next Wednesday. You see, it is then that we celebrate AMT Day on the birthday of Charles Taylor.

So, what will you be doing to celebrate? Will your company be doing anything special? We are aware of a few events going on. Frontier Airlines will be having an AMT Day event complete with special presentations. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be kicking off next week's Future of Aviation Maintenance summit with an AMT Day reception.

Even if your company is not having an event, you can still help celebrate AMT Day. If you haven't done so already, you can contact your U.S. Representative and Senators and ask them to support National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. PAMA has been spearheading the effort to have a national AMT Day resolution. You can find more information about it on www.pama.org. You can click here to download a PDF brochure distributed by PAMA describing the National AMT Day effort.

AMT magazine is making a special effort to help promote AMT Day. Our managing editor Barb Zuehlke has written an article about AMT Day and Charles Taylor and we have submitted it to CNN, Fox News, and the Associated Press. We wanted to help educate the general public on Charles Taylor, the unsung aviation hero.

So, what will you do to celebrate AMT Day? Let us know!

Thanks for reading,

Joe Escobar