Congratulations to United Airlines CLE, third-time recipient of the William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance, sponsored by Snap-on. The four-foot tall O’Brien trophy, featuring a bust of the first aviation mechanic Charles E. Taylor, will find its way back to Cleveland where it will remain until April 2020, when it will be again up for grabs.
Congratulations to everyone that competed in the 2019 event. Top event scores will be posted on the page linked below when they are available. Teams will soon be able to see overall, category, and event standings in the scoring dashboard (team login credentials required).
Miss it the first time? (Perhaps you were a member of the scoring committee and were feverishly triple-checking the tally?) Dying to see it again?
Thanks to Snap-on for supporting its creation, and Steve Staedler of LePoidevin Marketing for his creative vision and, no doubt, long night putting it together.
A very special thank you to Luke Wagler, a turbine engine instructor at Tulsa Tech, and his wife Stephanie for donating their time to capture images at this year's event.
Please take a moment to thank the Waglers in the comments, and then view and download using the link below!
Back by popular demand, the UAS Test Scholarship is back. The program covers the cost of the FAA test to earn a remote pilot certificate in order to operate UAVs (drones) as a commercial pilot for five student competitors.
Last year, four students received the scholarship, and all four successfully passed their exam and are now not only aspiring maintenance professionals but also licensed commercial UAS pilots.
Questions? Contact AMC Board Director Todd Curtis at email@example.com or 206.300.8727.
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 2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition happening at the Aviation Week MRO Conference in Atlanta will again be broadcasted live for viewers across the world. The live stream, originally broadcast in 2017 is expected to attract more than 12,000 viewers from more than 30 countries and is presented by the Tech Ops crew at AireXpert.
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The Paul Cousins Award was created to recognize and remember the positive impact one individual made on the aviation maintenance craft and profession. Ever the consummate professional, Paul strove to better the conditions and image of aircraft maintenance professionals. His determination, passion and pride were second to none.
Paul Cousins, a former president of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, and strong advocate of the AMC, passed away in 2018 from cancer. AMC Chairman Ken MacTiernan credits Cousins with helping expand the AMC to airlines and MROs overseas.
Cousins was a formidable presence on the world stage in defense of the aviation maintenance professional. He was a member of the International Transport Federation and served as president of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers International president and federal president of the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association simultaneously while still serving as a Senior LAME with Qantas.
Cousins was a staunch supporter of the AMC and led the first Australian team to represent the ALAEA at the AMC, the beginnings of wide Australian participation. Through his international contacts, he recruited many other European country representatives. The competition became known as the LAME Olympics. He registered the motto “Guardians of Air Safety” for the ALAEA but believed it applied to us all.
Educated at Buckley Park school, he joined Trans Australia Airlines as an apprentice and studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, specializing in avionics. After obtaining his license he joined the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association and in 2002 became a member of the executive as a Qantas Councillor. He was elected federal president in July 2006 and AEI president in 2016. Like many Aussies, he worked hard and played hard, his capacity to socialize until early morning and front up fresh for the days work next day made him a legend. He is survived by his life partner Jackie and his two sons, Trent and Rhys.
“Paul’s professionalism was only matched by his gregarious personality and love for family and friends. He was a great advocate for our profession, and naming this award after him is our way to honor and recognize his legacy,” MacTiernan said. “Wherever you are in the world, we all share the same responsibilities and standards. We belong to a global community of skilled crafts-people.”
Recipients of the Paul Cousins Award represent what Paul battled to promote... skilled professionals. Those receiving this prestigious award carry the responsibilities of elevating and promoting the AME craft & profession. Just like Paul did.
Meet a few of the members of Team Chix Fix, the United Airlines all-female team of aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs), as they prepare to compete in the 2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition Sponsored by Snap-on, to be held April 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Kenosha, Wis., January 25, 2019 – More teams and more events – it’s better than ever!
A record 80+ 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 2019 Convention, April 8-11, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on is the foremost international competitive skills event for aviation technicians. It 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10; and 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, with the awards presentation following from 1 to 4 p.m.
“The AMC brings together the top professionals the aircraft maintenance industry has to offer,” said Ken MacTiernan, AMC chairman. “The AMC is about raising awareness among the public, and within the aviation industry, about the knowledge, skill and integrity that today’s aircraft and spacecraft engineers and technicians possess.”
The biggest field to date will be competing in 31 events, including safety wiring, composite repair, electrical troubleshooting, turbine engine and others, that challenge their knowledge, skill and team work.
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 repeated as champions, keeping the O’Brien Award trophy on display at the company’s facility at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for a second straight year.
“The AMC is a fully scaled, and highly competitive event. When you take home the William O’Brien Trophy, you’re the best-of-the-best in the MRO profession,” said Tom Murray, Director of Marketing, Snap-on Industrial.
Snap-on supports aviation technicians around the world through its commitment 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.
The Honorable John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board member who runs the AMC with MacTiernan, said he hopes the event brings out the high level of pride that’s inside each AMT.
“The AMC is where they come to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and ability in aviation maintenance,” he said. “I want them to take away that they have a tremendous amount of knowledge within themselves. And even though the industry is a little slow in recognizing what the technician field brings to the table, the technicians themselves have tremendous pride in their own work.”
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 two years ago, seven 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.
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