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.
We hope you will help strengthen our base of support as we continue fostering new and emerging technicians. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Administrative Manager Tarra Ruttman at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Kenosha, Wis., September 8, 2021 – The Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on is back on for 2022!
“We’re very happy to be back hosting the AMC and hope that teams from around the world can join us in showcasing their maintenance and troubleshooting skills next April in Dallas,” said Ken MacTiernan, Chairman, Aerospace Maintenance Competition.
The AMC coincides with the MRO Americas 2022 Convention, April 25-28, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The annual competition for aircraft maintenance professionals and aspiring students has been cancelled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Team registration opens Oct. 1 at https://www.aerospacecompetition.com/.
MacTiernan said excitement of the AMC’s return is growing within the maintenance community, as several airlines, MROs and schools have already verbally committed to fielding a team in next year’s competition.
“The AMC is a great venue for everyone to reconnect and stand proud again for our craft,” MacTiernan said. “Although the travel industry certainly slumped over the past year, we’ve never really left. Mechanics were still fixing airplanes. Students were still in school. Manufacturers were still building aircraft.
“The AMC is back, but collectively as a maintenance community, we never really left.”
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.
Participants compete in more than 20 events, including challenges such as airframe damage inspection, cable rigging, fiber optics, engine fan blade removal and many others that test 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. In 2019, the five-member team from United Airlines Team Cleveland won the O’Brien Award for the third straight year.
For more information about Snap-on, call 877.740.1900, or visit https://www.snapon.com/Aviation; for information on the 2022 Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on, visit https://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.
Snap-on Reaffirms its Commitment to Aviation Technicians at the MRO Americas Convention; Demonstrates New Tool Control and Asset Management Solutions
Kenosha, Wis., April 27, 2021 – In key moments of aviation history, Snap-on was there. Whether it was servicing the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927, helping Howard Hughes’ historic around the world flight in 1938, assisting Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 or supporting NASA’s Ares 1 rocket in 2008 – technicians had Snap-on tools in their hands for these extraordinary achievements.
And as the industry emerges from what was undoubtedly one of the most challenging and difficult years ever imagined, we support technicians. Snap-on and its presence at the MRO Americas convention this week in Orlando is a testament of that.
For the past decade Snap-on has been a mainstay at the MRO Americas convention, both as an exhibitor and the presenting sponsor of the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, a global competition that attracts upwards of 90 maintenance teams in a friendly competition of skills to see who’s the best of the best in the world of aircraft maintenance. Although this year’s AMC has been cancelled due to COVID-19, the event expects to be back next year, bigger and better than ever – with Snap-on tools in their hands.
Keeping track of those tools is an area where Snap-on sets the pace for the industry to follow … and this year is no exception. Snap-on is debuting AutoCrib as part of its MRO Americas convention product lineup. AutoCrib is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and asset control solutions. The company’s diverse product line, in combination with its flexible asset tracking software, designs customized systems that ensure real-time accountability, control and accuracy for aviation applications.
MRO Americas attendees visiting Snap-on’s booth No. 1636 can see AutoCrib’s Intelliport® Lite, which uses a RFID portal to scan and monitor tools and equipment, eliminating long lines at the tool crib. AutoCrib is also exhibiting its vending inventory management solutions that can be programmed to control items such as tools, MRO, PPE, eTools, fasteners, washers and more. AutoCrib was acquired by Snap-on Incorporated in September 2020.
Complementing AutoCrib technologies at MRO Americas is our proven Level 5 Tool Control System, including the Automated Tool Control (ATC) box and Visual Control Cabinets. These tool control solutions employ the five hallmarks of the Level 5 Tool Control System: visibility, organization, access control, asset management and automation, which are the foundation of a sound tool control system.
Snap-on has demonstrated its commitment to aviation technicians through the years with tools, equipment and solutions to help them get the job done safely and efficiently … and it is a commitment they can count on for years to come.
To see live demonstrations of AutoCrib or the Level 5 Tool Control systems, visit Snap-on in booth No. 1636 at the MRO Americas convention, April 27-29 in Orlando; for more information call (877) 740-1900, or visit https://b2b.snapon.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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