Richmor Aviation began life as an FBO at Columbia County Airport in Hudson, N.Y., from where now CEO Mahlon Richards operated a Cessna 310 on behalf of his employer and on Part 135 charter through a lease-back program. In the mid-1980s Richards purchased Richmor Aviation and went into business for himself. The company obtained an FAR Part 145 air agency certificate as an approved repair station in March 1969 and in 1971 hired Sal Alessi as director of maintenance.
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Imagine seeing this headline: “Major Airline Uses Student Pilots on Passenger Flights.” There would be universal outrage and condemnation if an airline tried to put students in the cockpit on passenger-carrying flights–even if “just” to handle the radios or practice touching some of the controls in cruise flight.
Aviation Resource Group has added mobile aircraft maintenance and repair to its services. The first phase of the expansion is stationed at Long Island MacArthur Airport to cover all of Long Island and Northern New Jersey GA airports. The company plans to expand its service into the surrounding tristate area. A fully equipped customized panel van manned by FAA-certified A&P mechanics will drive directly to the aircraft in need of service.
Future technicians can now take advantage of a combined FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and associate degree program offered by St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Fla., and National Aviation Academy.
Steve Jones began putting together the basics of what would become the D&K Aviation maintenance shop during the late 1980s while he was the maintenance manager for Eastern Air Lines at La Guardia airport.
It is common knowledge within the field of aviation that there is a diminishing pool of pilots and mechanics from which to fill a growing demand. But the situation is not quite so simple. Gary Kiteley, executive director of the University Aviation Association, said that while enrollments in collegiate aviation programs began increasing about three years ago, it is important to consider the inherent time lag in producing viable employees.
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. The organization’s members will be able to establish a baseline of current qualifications and work toward achieving higher educational milestones and validate their achievements.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has announced a new format for its annual meeting and aviation maintenance conference. In addition to hosting its traditional chili cook-off, PAMA aviation maintenance olympics and awards banquet, the association will include an enhanced technical program in its meeting.
The FAA presented Elliott Aviation’s Moline, Ill., and Omaha, Neb. service facilities with the Diamond Award of Excellence for aviation maintenance training for the fifth consecutive year. The honor, which is part of the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) awards program and is the highest achievement of its kind, recognizes technicians and maintenance facilities for excellence in maintenance training.
Maintenance technicians at the Greenville, S.C. facility of Stevens Aviation brought home the gold–the FAA’s gold, that is. The FAA has again recognized the company for outstanding technical service. The FAA named Tim Kunkle 2004 Maintenance Technician of the Year, while Charles Jamison received the state’s 2004 Avionics Technician of the Year award.
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