The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association brought together 22 representatives from the Dallas maintenance industry to plan next year’s March 6 and 7 PAMA Symposium.
Determination best describes the mood of this year’s Aviation Services & Suppliers SuperShow attendees. The event, held March 26 to 28 in Indianapolis, is the joint Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and National Air Transportation Association annual show.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) met some resistance when, in July 2005, it became an affiliate of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), but nearly three years on, time has shown the wisdom of the move. SAE brought large-association stability–and management expertise–to the table.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has announced leadership changes for this year. The organization’s board of directors selected John Casker as president, replacing Brian Finnegan, who is stepping down after eight years to head the SAE/PAMA Certification Program.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and Jet Professionals, an aviation staffing company, have entered into a joint venture to provide professional staffing solutions to individual and corporate PAMA members. According to Brian Finnegan, president of PAMA, the new arrangement will offer members candidate searches, back-shop support, risk management and employee benefit and employment law consulting services.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) announced a new addition to its popular series of professional development workshops offered each year at the organization’s annual maintenance symposium. “Maintenance Resource Management” will focus on reducing the number of accidents and incidents while increasing safety and professionalism.
In an effort to jump-start the organization, citing economic factors and membership growth as major motivators, the board of directors of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) recently voted to lower individual annual membership dues from $70 to $49.
The SAE Institute and Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) have been working with industry professionals to develop the SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance specialist-technician and SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance engineer certifications. According to PAMA president Brian Finnegan, the two organizations are now looking for volunteers to go through the certification process to beta test it.
“We’re very pleased with this year’s show,” Jill Hilgenberg, show manager for Cygnus Exposition’s Aviation Events, told AIN during Aviation Industry Week in Las Vegas May 18 to 20. “Total attendance is 5,884, up from 5,100 last year, and about one fourth of those listed PAMA as their interest.
“What gets me through an airshow is trust,” Michael George Goulian, Air BP’s Castrol Aviator and champion aerobatics pilot, said in his keynote address at the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Awards Breakfast.