PAMA's Mx Finds New Home In AMT

Nov. 1, 2002

PAMA's MX Finds New Home in AMT

Brian Finnegan

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is pleased to announce that Mx, our flagship publication, will now be published inside Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine. The new format officially debuts in February. The change is part of an overall plan to make the best use of available resources and to expand awareness of PAMA.

Distribution inside such a valuable industry publication will help bring our message of individual professionalism and direct involvement in the regulatory rulemaking process to the entire aviation industry. Aviation maintenance professionals share many common bonds, but foremost is the preservation of the integrity of the technician and the reliability of his or her work. This bond is at the heart of PAMA’s mission, and it is the reason many join PAMA.

PAMA’s progress toward improving our profession’s legal, financial and regulatory environment is enhanced through strategic industry partnerships. By working together, we can ensure the value of certification, validate the importance of continuous education and help make our field attractive to potential AMTs.

A strong PAMA amplifies the voice of technicians. We must continue to increase our membership to remain effective. Budgets are tight everywhere and there is much pressure to minimize training, hire non-certificated individuals and send maintenance work to third-party facilities where certification may be less-valued. These practices are flawed.

It is the well-educated maintenance technicians who place safety above all else that ensure the integrity of aircraft and the lives of the flying public. PAMA continues to promote well-trained technicians in Washington, and to provide and support training throughout the aviation maintenance environment. Now more than ever, PAMA Headquarters is concentrating on supporting our Chapters, which offer training and fellowship locally, and enhancing our national Annual Maintenance Symposium.

PAMA needs the membership support of all aviation maintenance professionals. Sharing our message with the more than 40,000 AMT subscribers is a step toward that support. But it will take your involvement to strengthen the voice of PAMA and the integrity of your profession.

Save the date – Grow your career at PAMA 2003 on May 13-15

In today’s aviation market, it is essential to continuously expand your education, learn about technology developments and communicate with your colleagues throughout the industry. There is no better opportunity for this professional growth than at the PAMA Annual Maintenance Symposium and AS3 Trade Show on May 13-15, 2003, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Celebrate 100 years of aviation maintenance, and keep your eye on the future.

Attendees at PAMA 2003 will enjoy a newly expanded trade show floor to include the latest maintenance technology and the GSE International Expo, as well as receptions and celebrations. The PAMA Aviation Maintenance Olympics is also expanding, with continued opportunities for team and individual competition.

Technical Sessions, from which there will be more than 75 hours of classes to choose, will be geared toward specific learning tracks:

• Technical Training and Development

• Maintenance Safety and Security

• Maintenance Management

Among the special featured offerings are a presentation from the FAA’s Bill O’Brien and a comprehensive Maintenance Safety Roundtable featuring the Honorable John Goglia, member of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Individual attendees will be able to tailor three days of learning to meet their specific needs. Whether the attendee is interested in a specific track or a combination of the three, he or she will be able to easily select from the specific courses.

2003 Workshops Provide Intense Learning on One Topic

For even more concentrated focus on a single topic, PAMA has scheduled four professional development workshops for May 11-13, immediately before PAMA 2003. During these three days attendees will gather in small classroom environments to learn about either aviation maintenance management, human factors, regulatory training or interpersonal communication. All workshops are approved for 8 hours of IA renewal training credit.

The PAMA member price of $525 includes registration to the Symposium and full access to the Trade Show floor. Workshop participation is limited and most rosters will be set on or before April 1.

Aviation Maintenance Management

Brandon Battles, Partner of Conklin & de Decker Associates

Technical and regulatory knowledge by itself is not enough. Today’s managers and supervisors must also understand the complex non-technical factors that contribute to the smooth and successful operation of the aviation maintenance business. This course provides a new set of tools to assist with managing a maintenance organization. Emphasis is placed on understanding the organization’s overall objectives and how maintenance fits in, working with and managing people, collecting maintenance costs, developing a budget, controlling inventory and understanding the role of computers in the maintenance organization. The course is designed to help the operator save money.

Regulatory Training

Marshall S. Filler, Partner of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC

Through this training, learn how to use knowledge and reason to manage your relationship with the FAA. The instructor covers basic FAA requirements associated with purchasing, designing, manufacturing, operating, maintaining or selling civil aviation products and parts; requirements of the current Part 145 and the changes coming in 2003; and how to control a regulatory audit and ensure a positive outcome. At the conclusion of the course, apply your new regulatory knowledge in a discussion of actual FAA enforcement cases and related matters.

Human Factors for Aviation Technicians

Richard Komarniski, President of Grey Owl Aviation Consultants Inc.

Human factors training re-emphasizes the need to create safety nets in the workplace. This workshop focuses on the variety of human factors that affect an aircraft technician’s judgment. The goal is to equip technicians, supervisors and managers with the skills to enhance safety, teamwork and efficiency in the workplace. By learning about specific human factors, behavioral analysis, technician characteristics and goal setting, attendees will be able to reduce human error in aircraft maintenance. At the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to identify ways to reduce the number of rework tasks and incurred delays, reduce technician related incidents, improve aviation safety and awareness, and provide a framework for better communication.

Improving Interpersonal Communications for Maintenance Managers

Jodie Brown, President of Summit Solutions

Learn the communication skills to reduce conflict and improve teamwork, customer satisfaction and job satisfaction. Designed specifically for aviation managers of line, fixed-base and corporate maintenance operations, this highly interactive workshop will enable attendees to assess current management strengths and needs, develop clear communication and conflict-resolution strategies, improve work performance by better understanding human interactions and learn negotiation techniques.

For more information about the Professional Development Workshops and PAMA 2003, visit the PAMA web site at or call 703-417-8800.