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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To keep up with changing times and meet the needs of the industry, the maintenance sector needs more freedom to provide technicians with real-world training and support the development of clear industry standards, according to attendees at the final Future of Aviation Maintenance Summit, held late last year at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Virginia Beach, Va.
Aviation high schools and aviation programs aimed at high-school students have been providing the industry with a trained work force for more than 80 years. The goal of the early programs was primarily to serve the needs of the industry by ensuring a steady stream of trained mechanics.
The maintenance industry must do something to address the growing demand for maintenance that will result from increased levels of flying. That was one of the main messages at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s second Future of Aviation Maintenance Science Summit. Also on the agenda was how to change mechanic training to meet the needs of a fleet of technologically ever more sophisticated aircraft.
The FAA has awarded members of the avionics team at Pentastar Aviation its Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award. The company is located at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, Mich. The AMT Award recognizes excellence in continuing technical training. The department also received the FAA’s Diamond Award, the program’s highest-level award. It is the department’s third Diamond Award.
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