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.
Given the continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, Aviation Week Network has decided to reschedule the April 28-30 event to last August/early September, thus the Aerospace Maintenance Competition has also been postponed. While we anticipate the event will take place the week of Aug. 30, 2020, exact dates are not yet confirmed. Watch the website for final dates which will be posted as soon as they are received.
All registrations, sponsorships, and team registrations will remain in the system. Participants need not make any arrangements directly with AMC unless they are unable to participate on the new dates. In that case, please notify us and allow a few weeks for the dust to settle before receiving a response.
For more information, see the following message from the show coordinators:
Dear MRO Americas Community,
We have made the difficult decision to reschedule MRO Americas at this time. This is not a decision we made lightly. We spoke to many of our partners, exhibitors, speakers and attendees, and the overwhelming consensus was that moving the show was most prudent, as the health and safety of our MRO Americas community is our top priority.
The MRO Americas team is working through a comprehensive effort to reschedule the event while simultaneously responding to the needs of the industry, the exhibitors, the attendees and all the other vendors and staff that work the show during this challenging time.
We will be moving the show to late August or early September and will confirm move-in and show dates as soon as possible.
We hope that this proactive and transparent move allows us all to stay safe and conduct business in what we anticipate will be a less uncertain August/September timeframe.
We understand there will be questions and concerns following this announcement. Please contact email@example.com, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We’re aiming to answer all questions within 48 hours but due to a high volume of emails, please expect a slight delayed reply and thank you in advance for your patience.
The conversations we’ve had over the last few days have proven how lucky we are to be part of this supportive, tight-knit industry. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the aviation community comes together and connects at MRO Americas and we look forward to a belated celebration of 25 years of MRO Americas later this year.
We continue to work diligently to ensure all details are finalized and thank you for your patience and for your continued support as we all navigate this unprecedented situation.
Greg Hamilton, President
Lydia Janow, Managing Director
As many of you know, coronavirus, a flu-like disease that is also known as COVID-19, has caused significant disruptions to travel and scheduled gatherings around the world.
The Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC), will take place April 28-30, 2020 during Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX. Both MRO Americas and AMC are actively monitoring the situation, including the steps being taken both by MRO Americas and by local, state, and federal authorities to limit the risks to the public.
In addition to actions being taken by MRO Americas, which include dedicating resources to expand cleaning services and providing additional hand sanitizer throughout the conference area, AMC also plans to take additional actions during the competition to limit possible exposure to coronavirus.
We will immediately inform AMC participants if there are any significant changes.
For the latest information, visit the MRO Americas website, here.
AVIATION MAINTENANCE INDUSTRY’S PREMIER EVENT RETURNS TO THE MRO AMERICAS 2020 CONVENTION, APRIL 28-30, IN DALLAS
Kenosha, Wis., January 13, 2020 – The competition is back and better than ever!
A record 90 aviation maintenance teams from around the world are expected to compete against each other in the industry’s premier annual event, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on. The event will be held at the MRO Americas 2020 Convention, April 28-30, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
Over the past several years, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on has grown to become a widely attended international aviation experience for both technicians and fans. The venue provides certified AMTs from major airlines, MROs and OEMs, as well as military personnel and students in FAA Part 147 schools, the chance to test their skills against their peers. The three-day competition runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29; and the awards presentation from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30.
“There’s no greater event that recognizes the men and women that comprise our industry than the Aerospace Maintenance Competition,” said Ken MacTiernan, Chairman, Aerospace Maintenance Competition. “The AMC is a world stage for our entire craft to be highlighted. Many people don’t see the knowledge, skill and integrity it takes to keep aircraft flying safe. The AMC puts those men and women on a stage with a spotlight to be recognized.”
The AMC truly has an international flavor as this year’s field includes commercial teams from Alitalia, Qatar, Flybe, Qantas, JetStar, American, United, JetBlue, Spirit, WestJet and several other commercial, MRO, military and school teams. Participants will be competing in 28 events, including airframe damage inspection, cable rigging, fiber optics, engine fan blade removal, and many others that are new this year that challenge their knowledge, skill and team work.
“It has been our goal to keep the AMC fresh, and we do that by replacing a few events every year; bring in new technology, something they haven’t seen before,” said The Honorable John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board member who runs the AMC with MacTiernan.
The team earning the overall best score takes home the grand prize in aviation maintenance – the William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance. Presented by Snap-on, the coveted award signifies the highest standard of excellence in aviation maintenance. The O’Brien Award is a traveling trophy that debuted at the 2013 competition. The winning team receives the honor of displaying the 5-foot tall trophy in their facility for a year. In addition to the trophy, Snap-on is awarding more than $75,000 in tools and equipment as prizes to the top finishers in the competition. Last year, the five-member team from United Airlines Team Cleveland showed everyone why they were the team to beat, keeping the O’Brien Award trophy on display at the company’s facility at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for a third straight year.
“Snap-on is pleased to continue our partnership with the AMC and we look forward to once again putting on a world-class event for these talented men and women in Dallas,” said Tom Murray, Director of Marketing, Snap-on Industrial. “Aviation technicians are the unsung heroes in the industry, and Snap-on takes great pride in not only providing them with the right tools and equipment they need, but becoming a true partner with them. That’s what the Snap-on brand brings to this critical industry.”
Snap-on has a long history of supporting aviation technicians and students around the world, and that commitment is reaffirmed through its sponsorship as the official tool sponsor for the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. Snap-on provides all the tools and equipment used by the participants during the competition, as well as planning and logistical support.
Aviation maintenance supporters can get involved with the AMC through college financial donations. The Aerospace Maintenance Council, which hosts the AMC, is accepting donations from industry organizations to increase funding of its Phoebe Omlie Award. Named after the first female to receive an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license in 1927, the Phoebe Omlie Award is available to both men and women who are enrolled in an FAA Part 147 school, and who are participating in the AMC.
Although the scholarship began just three years ago, several students have received financial assistance. The Council is hoping to raise $20,000 this year. To make a financial donation to the Phoebe Omlie Award, email Crystal Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org. For students to apply for the scholarship, visit https://www.aerospacecompetition.com/scholarship.html.
For more information about Snap-on, call 877.740.1900, or visit www.snaponaviation.com; for information on the Maintenance Skills Competition Presented by Snap-on, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com.
About Snap-on Industrial
Snap-on Industrial is a division of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distribution and Web-based channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.7 billion, S&P 500 Company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Aerospace Maintenance Council hosts annually the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC). This year’s event will take place on April 28-30, 2020 in Dallas.
The event showcases the talent required of aviation maintenance technicians to maintain aircraft and spacecraft in safe, airworthy condition. To further support 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.
Awards in the amount of $500-2500 are possible only through the generous contributions of our sponsors. The council is currently soliciting financial contributions in support of these scholarships. For more information, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com/scholarship.
Participation as a competitor is not a requirement of eligibility, but will be considered by the selection committee.
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