Clemson University Center for Workforce Development is seeking AMT students who have been in an aviation maintenance program since March 2020 to participate in a study.
The goal of this project is to better understand the immediate learning responses to the COVID-19 crisis of two-year colleges with advanced technological education programs in their efforts to maintain academic continuity using digital learning tools such as virtual reality simulations and labs. Participation in this study will involve participating in an interview remotely on Zoom. We expect this interview to last for approximately 1 hour. Participants who complete the interview will receive a thank you gift card.
For more information or to participate in this study, please contact me, Dr. Katie Shakour, the research associate for the study, at email@example.com.
Last fall, the FAA officially convened the Department of Transportation’s Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. Appointees have since been collecting information regarding experiences with youth engagement, career development, workforce needs and industry readiness.
To assist in that work, the task force requests assistance gathering input from students in AMTS and any other aviation-specific training programs about the experiences with youth interest in aviation careers.
Please share the following invitation with students in your programs, encouraging feedback that will help turn their decision to develop aviation skills into better industry-wide effort to recruit and develop new talent:
The United States – and world – need more people to pursue careers in aviation. Since you’re on the path already, your experience is invaluable to the industry as it improves recruitment and retention efforts. Please share that experience by completing the following questionnaire, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. Anything you share will be confidential and will not be seen by your school or instructors. To complete the survey, access the Google Form at https://forms.gle/x38aRMXxUA6qUEqc7.
The deadline to submit a response is Feb. 28.
The Northrop Rice Foundation has arranged with the FAA’s written tests provider to pay test fees for students requiring financial support.
Test fee grants are now available and are described in the “Programs” portion of the foundation’s website. School administrators may download the poster linked below to market the opportunity to students.
For more information and to apply, visit the NRF website, or email FAAfeesgrant@northropricefoundation.org.
Contact: Jay Johnson, AMFA National Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: (720) 744-6632
The AMFA National Executive Council (NEC) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications until February 28, 2021, for two AMFA Scholarships for 2021. Scholarships will be $2500 and will be payable to each recipient’s institution of higher learning.
Last year’s scholarships were awarded to students at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Norfolk and Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach South.
“Contributing to the education of the next generation of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians is one of AMFA’s ambitions,” said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National Director. “We are honored to be offering this opportunity as costs have risen to obtain a FAA Airframe & Powerplant license.”
Those who apply must be currently enrolled in a school or university to gain their Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license, be a US Citizen, and submit a 500-word essay explaining “what the Dirty Dozen means to you.” For more information, visit the AMFA National website.
Founded in 1962, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union. AMFA represents licensed and unlicensed technicians and related employees actively involved in the aviation industry. These technician and related employees work directly on aircraft and/or components, support equipment, and facilities. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents. For more information about AMFA visit www.amfanational.org.
The Aerospace Maintenance Competition showcases the talent required of aviation maintenance technicians to maintain aircraft and spacecraft in safe, airworthy condition. To further support of our future mechanics, AMC is proud to provide scholarships in recognition of Phoebe Jane Fairgrave Omlie, the first female to receive an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license in 1927. Phoebe helped show the world that women were just as capable as men in repairing and maintaining aircraft.
While the 2020 competition was cancelled amidst coronavirus concerns, the council recognized a handful of student competitors through a "virtual" awards ceremony on June 24.
The following individuals were presented with $1,000 awards:
The scholarship is supported through the generous contributions of AMC participants and sponsors. For more information and to apply, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com/scholarship.
Applications for next year's award are due March 15, 2021.
It is with heavy regret that I write to you today. The consequences of Covid-19 have reverberated through the aviation community and created obstacles that demand rigid responses. The Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) is not immune to the impacts. With the best interest of the competition and participants in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event, despite our original intention to reschedule for September.
We understand the disappointment this cancellation will cause. Competitors invested time and resources into training and studying in order to compete, and our incredible sponsors were prepared to put on the best event yet. It is unfortunate and unpleasant that we will not be able to provide a world stage for students and professionals to compete against each other.
All team, event, and sponsor registrations will carry forward to the 2021 competition. (Let us know if you need to make a change to your participation.) And we will still recognize recipients of the 2020 Phoebe Omlie Award, so stay tuned for information on the virtual awards ceremony.
We look forward to seeing you next year at the AMC in Orlando on April 27-29.
The cancellation of this year's event does not diminish the fact that you are the best of the best. You remain the true faces behind safety in aviation.
Chairman, Aerospace Maintenance Competition
Note: While the AMC has been cancelled, Aviation Week Network's MRO Americas will take place as scheduled, in Dallas on Sept. 1-3, 2020.
Charles Taylor was the first aircraft mechanic and the original unsung hero of aviation. He worked for the Wright brothers in their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. When they could not find a company to build them an engine for their glider, Charlie made one from scratch in about 6 weeks.
In honor of AMT Day, hear a little more about his story at https://vimeo.com/420492939/e8535aa90a (brought to you by the Mechanical Dragons).
MRO Americas has officially rescheduled for September, the new detailed competition schedule is available by clicking the Schedule dropdown from the "About" menu, above. The competition schedule will be as follows--
Tuesday, September 1
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM: Student and Military Tours
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Event Setup
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Judge Briefing
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Competitor Orientation
Wednesday, September 2
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Event Setup
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Competitor Walk-Through
9:30 AM – 6:30 PM: Competition
Thursday, September 3
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Competition
Friday, September 4
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Award Ceremony
If you have already registered for a floor pass (all individuals participating in the competition, including competitors, coaches, sponsors, judges, etc.), you will receive a message from MRO Americas confirming your individual registration. If you have not yet registered for a floor pass, you may do so by clicking the Floor Pass dropdown under the "Register" menu, above.
All team, event, sponsorship, and tour registrations coordinated directly through AMC have been shifted to the new dates. If you need to make a change to your registration or participation, email Tarra Ruttman.
The April edition of D.O.M. Magazine highlights "Five to Watch" at this year's competition.
Featured technicians include Vitaliy Anastasiadi of the U.S. Airforce, David Glover from Team WestJet Airlines, Elena Gonzalez from Team American Airlines, Casey Lauterborn of Team JetBlue, and Gustavo Narez with Team WSUTech.
Read up on the competition as you ready for September's event!
The April/May issue of Helicopter Maintenance Magazine highlights four competitors as "four to watch," including Vitaliy Anastasiadi of the U.S. Air Force, Elena Gonzalez of American Airlines, Casey Lauterborn of Jetblue, and Gustavo Narez of WSU Tech.
Check out the online edition and size up the competition at content.yudu.com/web/28ymu/0A2ihsl/AprMay2020HM/html/index.html?page=26&origin=reader.
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