The following article was originally published by Delta Airlines, and reprinted with permission from Delta Corporate Communications.
Five Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) from Team DTW placed 36th out of 74 teams in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) on the heels of the 2022 MRO Americas conference in Dallas. After AMT Pete Adzema discovered the competition in the Aviation Weekly magazine, fellow AMTs John Fauth, Steve Wahlers, Matt Stotz and Wade Rogers had just 47 days to research the 27 different event categories, put together a competition strategy and practice their maintenance skills best suited to each AMT to compete.
“It was such a great time spending the week at the AMC competition and it was a really eye-opening experience for our DTW team,” said John Fauth, AMT 2, Line Maintenance, DTW. “Going toe to toe with all the teams from across the industry who put months and months of training in challenged us to be better than our best. Typically, this type of work is done mostly behind the scenes in our day-to-days, so it was unique to see all the people competing to put our craft onto the center stage and in the spotlight.”
Teams competed in event categories varying from Aircraft Damage Inspection to Engine Fan Blade Removal to Electrical Troubleshooting and Cable Rigging, along with much more, that each had 15-minute time limits to complete. Our team competed against teams made up of everyone from college students to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) specialists to military members and general and commercial aviation professionals from across the globe.
“I was excited to see the initiative this group took to enter the competition,” said Mike McBride – VP, Operations, Delta TechOps Services Group (DTSG). “Historically TechOps hasn’t entered, but after seeing the energy this team brought, the leadership team and I are fully behind them and encourage others to get involved next year. It’s a fun time and a great opportunity to learn.”
John, Steve, Matt, Pete and Wade look forward to sticking together to compete at next year’s conference at MRO Americas 2023 in mid-April in Atlanta.
“The competitive spirit displayed from our DTW AMTs during this competition was electric, and we will absolutely encourage more participation next year at the conference in Atlanta,” said Don Mitacek – SVP, Delta TechOps, and President, DTSG. “Each day, our team members play critical roles to maintain our status as the best operator in the aviation industry. So, watching our folks showcase that at a large platform like MRO Americas makes me super proud to be part of this award-winning team!”
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.
The award recipients are as follows:
The scholarship is supported through the generous contributions of AMC participants and sponsors. During the 2022 competition, Snap-on donated 500 screwdrivers that were originally meant for the cancelled 2020 event. Those screwdrivers were given out in exchange for donations to the scholarship fund where over $11k was raised. For more information and to apply, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com/scholarship.
Applications for next year's award will open in January 2023.
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Buffalo, New York, April 4 - After a two-year hiatus, the crew at AireXpert is excited to announce that the 2022 Aerospace Maintenance Competition held in Dallas will be livestreamed to viewers across the world starting on April 26 at 09:30 (CT).
The AMC has become an important and hugely successful part of Aviation Week’s MRO Americas Conference and brings over eighty dream teams of aircraft maintenance professionals together in one venue to compete in more than 25 technically demanding challenges.
The competitors take this competition very seriously and they have a ton of support from family, friends and coworkers” stated Andy Hakes, CEO of AireXpert. “I’m excited that our crew is able to do our part to shine a light on the amazing work that most often happens behind the scenes. This event truly represents the best of the best and that’s a really high bar in this profession”.
Presented by Snap-on and supported by the generosity of the aviation community, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition celebrates the depth and application of knowledge across current and future professionals who support airlines, educational institutions, defense & military and the emerging space ecosystems.
Fans can sign up to view the livestream at mroamc.live
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Now in its ninth season, the competition attracts professional and collegiate maintenance teams from around the world to come together in friendly competition, test their skills, and give a loud shout-out of their presence in the industry. This year’s event will take place April 25-28, 2022, in conjunction with Aviation Week’s MRO Americas in Dallas.
The council is overseen by an executive committee led by The Honorable John Goglia, the only FAA certificated mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the National Transportation Safety Board.
“We are very proud of the team brought together to help usher this organization to the next level,” said Council President John Goglia. “The high caliber of council leadership is testament to the respect paid to current and future aviation professionals, and industry’s support of students that will soon enter the profession.”
The executive committee welcomes the following newly elected directors:
In addition to Goglia, new directors will join Vice President and Ken MacTiernan—who also serves as the competition’s chairman and aviation maintenance technician at American Airlines—and Secretary/Treasurer Todd Curtis.
This year’s AMC is likely to eclipse more than 80 teams. The deadline for teams to enter the 2022 AMC is April 1. To register a team, visit https://www.aerospacecompetition.com/team-registration.html.
Learn more about the board of directors at aerospacecompetition.com/leadership.
Download the full press release at amc-boardannouncement-20220317.pdf
The FAA has renewed a petition for exemption, requested by AMC on behalf of aviation maintenance technician schools (AMTS) certificated under part 147. The exemption provides relief from curriculum requirements provided for in § 147.21 such that AMTS may provide students credit for time spent preparing for and competing in the competition.
The exemption allows faculty members to determine whether student time dedicated to preparing for and participating in the AMC satisfies the requirements of § 147.21; students may be credited up to 60 hours.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union representing licensed and unlicensed technicians and related employees in the aviation industry. 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.
AMFA annually awards cash scholarships to A&P students. This year's scholarships will be awarded to three individuals in the amount of $2,000 payable to each recipient's institution of higher learning. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://www.amfanational.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=Education
The Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force (YIATF) Requests Participation from K-12 Schools in New Survey
In support the FAA’s Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force, AMC is asking its members help distribute an educator survey developed by the Task Force’s Trends Subcommittee. If your organization is, and/or has relationships with K-12 institutions or programs, please forward the following request in support of the group’s objective to encourage high school students to pursue careers in aviation:
The Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force (YIATF) needs your help. YIATF is an advisory group established to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with recommendations that will encourage students to pursue in-demand careers in aviation. The group is examining trends that directly or indirectly encourage or discourage young people from pursuing aviation careers. To assist the Task Force in understanding the role of the educator and what recommendations would best support the goal, the group would like your input.
To participate in the survey, visit: https://forms.gle/NfH3AHY3U8Doe1An9
We greatly appreciate your assistance on this important effort.
While responses from post-secondary education is welcome, the Task Force is especially interested in feedback from the K-12 community. We certainly appreciate our members passing the request along to their local partners in education.
The Aerospace Maintenance Council (AMC) Phoebe Omlie Scholarship supports students with career ambitions in aviation maintenance. AMC is soliciting $2,500 donations to fund the scholarships; contributors will be recognized during the Aerospace Maintenance Competition awards ceremony, taking place in conjunction with MRO Americas in Dallas on April 28, 2022.
The AMC is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes and celebrates the aviation technician, promotes career opportunities in aviation maintenance, and supports initiatives to enhance aerospace safety. The organization is led by impassioned individuals deeply committed to maintaining the craft’s professional integrity and cultivating its talent pipeline.
The Aerospace Maintenance Competition—the council’s premier industry event—recently celebrated its 9th anniversary. This coming year, the competition will host 80, five-person teams from all over the world.
In 2017, the council opted to support its student competitors by creating a scholarship in recognition of Phoebe Jane Fairgrave Omlie, the first female to receive an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license in 1927. Since then, seven aviation maintenance students have received $18,000 in education-related assistance. Our goal is to double that amount in 2022.
Scholarships were historically funded from the unspent cash balance of the AMC annual budget. In 2022, we are making a specific appeal to industry advocates so we can provide even more educational opportunities to support men and women interested in the art and science of aviation maintenance.
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