Independent maintenance provider Global Aviation of Hillsboro, Ore., has promoted Brian Lockhart to vice president. Lockhart has worked for Global Aviation for 13 years, most recently as director of maintenance for the company, which offers maintenance, charter/management and FBO services at Portland-Hillsboro Airport.
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
This is a bad month for those of us who work tirelessly toward the goal of ensuring that certified aircraft maintainers are recognized for their knowledge, skills and abilities. We have lost an individual who often would stand and push his employer–the FAA–to do “the right thing” in regulating aircraft maintenance processes or procedures dealing with the individual mechanic.
In 1999 the National Science Foundation (NSF) initially funded the National Center for Aircraft Technician Training (NCATT), which arose from an industry partnership of avionics subject matter experts and educators. NCATT has evolved, so the organization is changing its name to National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies.
In the recent past I have written about the importance of mechanics following the procedures contained in the appropriate manuals for whatever task that needs to be accomplished. That’s not new advice; it is something every certified aircraft mechanic heard on the first day of instruction.
Banyan celebrated its third annual AMT Day (May 24) by honoring its maintenance and avionics technicians. Dave Valenta, Banyan’s director of maintenance, and Lou Homsher, Banyan’s quality assurance manager, organized the event.
Almost everywhere I go, the subject of mechanics being recognized as professionals filters into the conversation. Often there is a mild tone of bitterness, as people lament the fact that mechanics are somehow not considered professionals. What decides whether a trade or skill is considered a profession? According to one measurement, if a third party pays you for your knowledge and ability you are a professional.
The FAA has awarded Dassault Aircraft Services Wilmington the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence. It is the highest of five awards an organization can receive for its dedication to maintenance training.
The 23rd annual NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, held April 15 through 18, was by any measure a significant success. The weather couldn’t have been nicer except for some unusually stiff winds that kicked up the Daytona Beach surf and made the golf outing a bit more challenging. Despite the dates’ overlapping Aviation Week’s MRO 2008 Conference and Exhibition, the turnout shattered the MMC’s best record.
Honda Aircraft’s announcement that it will offer the $3.65 million HondaJet for sale in the European market beginning this month “is a big milestone,” according to Michimasa Fujino, president of the start-up aircraft manufacturer. “We have a lot of customer inquiries from the European market,” he said.
Maintenance professionals will soon be able to quantify the training they have received as a part of their jobs. Recently, the Aircraft Maintenance Society (AMS) was taken under the wing of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) to form PAMA-AMS.