The council is gearing up for 2018. Take a look back at last year's event in this video, provided by our presenting sponsor, Snap-On.
The Aerospace Maintenance Council hosts annually the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC). This year’s event will take place on April 10-11, 2018 in Orlando.
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 may be used towards the purchase of tools, books and/or school tuition. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a Federal Aviation Administration part 147 program and registered to compete in the 2018 AMC.
The awards are supported through the generous contributions of AMC participants and sponsors. Contributions to the scholarship fund are welcome; donors will be recognized during the AMC award ceremony on April 12 in Orlando.
For more information and to apply, visit www.aerospacecompetition.com/scholarship. Applications are due March 15, 2018.
Taking place April 10-11, 2018 in Orlando Fl, Military Aviation Logistics & Maintenance (MALMS) is a dedicated maintenance event for military professionals and their suppliers. Held in conjunction with the MRO Americas, the host of the 2018 AMC, and with the support of the sustainment leadership of the USAF, Army and Navy, the Symposium brings together key-decision makers from all military service branches and government leaders with prime contractors, suppliers and OEMs to discuss critical safety and security issues, current and future programs and the latest developments in military MRO technology and services.
Formerly known as MRO Military, the event was renamed to better reflect the “logistics” core of how the military performs and conceives its sustainment and readiness functions. The purpose of the Symposium is to drive information and knowledge sharing and support the U.S. military to partner with the commercial marketplace for innovation, process improvement, and increased readiness across the board.
The symposium is free for active, uniformed military personnel. The Aerospace Maintenance Competition is collocated on the MRO exhibition floor and military teams will be actively competing.
Military Aviation Logistics and Maintenance Symposium 2018 Speakers
Contact: Jay Johnson, National Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: (720) 744-6632
December 27, 2017 – The AMFA National Executive Council (NEC) is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for two AMFA Scholarships for 2018. Scholarships will be $2500, payable to each recipient’s institution of higher learning.
Last year’s scholarships were awarded to students of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.
“Assisting in the education of the next generation of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) is one of AMFA’s ambitions,” said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National Director. “We are delighted 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 about the difference between a craft specific union and an industrial union. Applications and further information can be found on the Education page of 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 AMC was pleased to present its inaugural Phoebe Omlie scholarship, an award named in honor of the first woman to hold a US aviation mechanic’s certificate.
Educational institution team competitors were encouraged to apply; a total of $6,000 in scholarships were awarded to the following students--
AMC scholarship committee chair Loretta Alkalay facilitated application review which resulted in the selection of recipients that "demonstrated a track record of accomplishments as aviation maintenance students, as evidenced by their academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and personal essays." Alkalay went on to say that "among the many talented applicants, the four award winners stood out as embodying the passion, diligence and drive that made Phoebe Omlie an aviation pioneer and role model for future generations of aviation mechanics."
The AMC will accept applications for the 2018 scholarship. Stay tuned for more information.
Scholarship winners Stephen Colton and Lynze Price accept awards from scholarship chair Loretta Alkalay and AMC president John Goglia.
Team registration is open for the upcoming AMC, being held April 9-12, 2018 in Orlando. Space is limited, reserve your spot early to ensure availability.
The event handout distributed at the April 2017 AMC in Orlando incorrectly recognized the 2015 Bill O’Brien Award winner, instead of the immediate past-year winner. The AMC apologizes for the error and would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight. Congratulations to Alaska Airlines Team Seattle on your 2016 win, and for your continued support of the competition!
The AMC makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all event scores, a process that becomes more complex and time-consuming as the competition continues to grow. While practicality limits the council's ability to reconsider final placements, or to provide the opportunity for competitor involvement in scoring decisions, the AMC will endeavor to make its decision-making fair and transparent.
To that end, the council has adopted the following policy for inclusion in the official event manual:
Upon the conclusion of the competition, all submitted scores are considered final. During the competition, requests by an event judge to alter a previously-submitted score will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Scores provided verbally by an event judge are not official until properly recorded.
The AMC welcomes and appreciates the feedback of our teams, judges and sponsors as we continuously improve our processes and procedures.
The Aerospace Maintenance Council hosted the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) on April 25-27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The event showcases the talent required of aviation maintenance technicians to maintain aircraft and spacecraft in safe, airworthy condition.
Fifty-one, five-person teams of professionals and students from seven countries competed in 26 events that tested the knowledge and skill required to maintain aircraft. Competitors competed in events such as electrical troubleshooting, composite repair, turbine engine troubleshooting, structure repair, nondestructive testing, and written exams testing knowledge on history, human factors and weight & balance.
United Airlines Team Cleveland came away with the best overall score and the coveted William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance. Top teams in each event and category were also recognized, including:
1st Place: Indian Hills Community College
2nd Place: Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Houston
3rd Place: Utah State
Commercial Aviation Category
1st Place: United Airlines Team Cleveland
2nd Place: Alaska Airlines Team Seattle
3rd Place: FedEx
1st Place: Boeing
2nd Place: Flybe
3rd Place: HAECO
1st Place: USCG Clearwater Air Station
2nd Place: Team Apache
3rd Place: US Army
General Aviation Category
1st Place: Flexjet
1st Place: Virgin Galactic
In addition, two individuals were recognized for exemplifying the true spirit of the competition. “Recipients of the Charles E. Taylor Professional AMT Award are technicians who embody the true traits of Charles Taylor, the first aircraft mechanic, and demonstrate pride and professionalism,” says AMC Chairman Ken MacTiernan. “These team members were chosen based on their attitude and willingness to share knowledge and learn, as observed by judges during the competition.” This year’s award recipients were Chris Chido from Team Apache and Shayna Newman from West LA College.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also presented the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. The award recognizes lifetime achievement and is the highest honor given to certificated airframe & powerplant mechanics. Recipients are those that have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession as ‘master mechanics.’
FAA Safety Inspector Richard “Dilly” Dilbeck presented the award to The Honorable John Goglia. “The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Awards is a formal recognition by the FAA of the knowledge, skills and professionalism John has demonstrated during his aviation career.” Dilly, a long-time friend of Goglia, highlighted Goglia’s continued service to the aviation maintenance community, “Our aviation professionals are still in need of his experience, wisdom and common sense. We thank him for teaching us to be giants, and for his daily contribution to the industry.”
Goglia was the first and only airframe and powerplant mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), serving from August 1995 to June 2004. He played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents. Now an independent aviation safety consultant, adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, president of the Aerospace Maintenance Council, and recently-named chairman of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Goglia shows no signs of slowing down.
Next year’s event is scheduled for April 9-12, in conjunction with Aviation Week’s MRO America’s in Orlando. The AMC is made possible through overwhelming industry support. Companies sponsor events, teams, prizes, scholarships, travel, tours, meals and cash awards. A complete list of supporters is available at www.aerospacecompetition.com/sponsors.
The Aerospace Maintenance Council is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the aviation maintenance profession. The council’s flagstone event, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC), recognizes and celebrates the aviation maintenance technician, and raises awareness of the knowledge and skill required to maintain safe, airworthy aircraft, worldwide. The competition is held annually in conjunction with Aviation Week’s MRO Americas.
By Ken MacTiernan, AMC Chairman
With 365 days in a year there is a day to celebrate almost every occasion. There are holidays like the 4th of July, Christmas and Memorial Day; there are also days to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. There are even entire months dedicated to recognizing and celebrating specific events. Taking time out of society’s busy schedule to stop and recognize and celebrate these many different days helps bring awareness to the meaning behind these days.
But as an AMT you might ask, “Hey, is there a day out there that recognizes AMTs?” The answer is yes. Thanks in large part to Richard “Dilly” Dilbeck from the FAA’s Sacramento FSDO this day is a reality. It was because of Mr. Dilbeck’s efforts that in 2002 California passed the first Aviation Maintenance Technician Day Resolution which specifically recognizes May 24th of each year as AMT Day. This resolution was not achieved over night; not by a long shot. It was due to Dilly’s conviction, passion and determination that he was able to have then Senator Knight introduce and pass this important resolution.
With California leading the way other AMT Day resolutions started to be introduced and passed. The Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association, WWW.AMTAUSA.COM, with the help of Maryann DeMarco and Bill O’Brien, was able to have U.S. Congressman Bob Filner (CA) introduce and pass a U.S. Congressional AMT Day Resolution bringing federal recognition to May 24th. There are efforts to have the U.S. Senate introduce and pass a similar resolution.
Okay, so AMTs have a day to call their own. But what does it mean? And why May 24th? This day was chosen in honor of Charles E. Taylor’s birthday. Charles was the Wright brother’s mechanic who built, by hand, the first aircraft engine which enabled the Wright brothers, and the United States, to lay claim to being the first in controlled, powered flight. Charlie was always given recognition by Orville and Wilbur Wright for his achievements but with the Wright brother’s passing, and Charlie’s nature of not looking for fame and fortune for doing what he loved, time quickly forgot Charlie’s well earned position in aviation’s history books.
With the passing of AMT Day Resolutions, May 24th has become a day where the aviation industry can stop and recognize Charles E. Taylor and today’s skilled AMTs for their valuable contributions to aircraft maintenance, industry wide. This day belongs to every AMT who carries the heavy responsibility of providing safe, airworthy aircraft. Many companies are starting to specifically take AMT Day as a day of saying, “We realize the importance that AMTs provide to aviation. Year round, in all types of weather and environments, AMTs tirelessly continue to raise the standards of their craft. AMT Day allows the industry, and public, to acknowledge this dedication and professionalism.”
AMT Day allows the aviation industry to celebrate who Charles E. Taylor was and the thousands of men and women who followed in his footsteps. These men and women are the true “Faces Behind Safety” in aircraft maintenance and May 24th allows the veil of anonymity to be lifted and the AMT craft and profession to be recognized.
There are many ways to celebrate AMT Day. Celebrations can be large or small. As seen over the past few years more and more celebrations are being held each May 24th. Examples of AMT Day being celebrated are Baker School of Aeronautics in Tennessee holding a yearly cook out with a Blue Grass band and awards being presented to AMTs; Banyan Aviation Services in Florida holding a huge lunch for their AMTs with awards being presented also. United Airlines in LAX has held a day long bar-b-que for their AMTs so each shift could enjoy food and drinks.
AMT Day was created to recognize the knowledge, skill and integrity of each AMT in every sector of aircraft maintenance regardless of the size or type of aircraft being maintained. This is because all AMTs belong to a brotherhood of skilled craftsmen. Today’s AMT, whether they are maintaining military, commercial, general, private, corporate, experimental or civil aircraft does so with the same commitment to safety. This safety can easily be taken for granted by the public and media. This is in large part because today’s AMT, like Charles E. Taylor, doesn’t look for the lime light and say, “Hey, look what I do.” Actually, it is just the opposite. AMTs perform their duties the same way Charlie did; there is a job to be done and they do it. And they do it well.
With AMT Day, AMTs can count on their craft and profession being recognized. With the calendar having so many different days to celebrate special occasions it is rewarding to know that May 24th is a day for AMTs to call their own. I would like to hear how your company celebrates AMT Day. You can contact me at JetDoctor69@gmail.com. AMT Day is your day. AMT Day is a proud day!