2016 Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) Winners

Alaska Airlines Team Seattle wins 2016 William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft MaintenancePictured at right, Presenting sponsor Snap-on's Tom Murray (left) and John Goglia (right) with Alaska Airlines Team Seattle, winners of the 2016 William F. "Bill" O'Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance. Photo courtesy of Steve Staedler/Snap-on.

The 2016 Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) took place April 5-7 in conjunction with MRO Americas in Dallas, TX. The presenting sponsor for the competition was Snap-On. The Winners of the 2016 AMC were:

Military Category
1st Place: USAF McChord AFB
2nd Place: United States Army
3rd Place: United States Navy

MRO/OEM Category
1st Place: FedEx Team Indianapolis
2nd Place: FedEx Team LAX
3rd Place: Embraer Team Legacy

School Category
1st Place: Utah State
2nd Place: West LA College
3rd Place: Broward College

Space Category
1st Place: Virgin Galactic
General Aviation Category
1st Place: Flight Options

Commercial Aviation Category
1st Place: Alaska Airlines Team Seattle
2nd Place: Southwest Airlines
3rd Place: China Southern Airlines

International Category
1st Place: China Southern Airlines
2nd Place: Embraer Team Legacy
3rd Place: Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA)

William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance
Alaska Airlines Team Seattle 

Charles E. Taylor Professional AMT Award
Dallas McLeod from Team Apache

Charles E. Taylor Professional AMT Award (Student)
Gina Gottfredson-Kelly from Salt Lake Community College (Gottfredson-Kelly was also their team captain)

The winners of the individual competition events were:

AMTA Event: China Southern Airlines

ATP Event: Southwest Airlines

Redstone College Event: China Southern

Indian Hills Community College Event: Embraer Team Legacy

FedEx Event: Alaska Team Seattle

Grey Owl/Local 591 Event: National Aviation Academy Team Tampa Bay

National Aviation Academy: United Airlines Line Maintenance Team

Nida Event: Alaska Airlines Team Seattle

South Seattle College Team 1 (Nida gave multi-meters to the college team with the fastest score in their event.)

Southwest Airlines Event: ALAEA

SpaceTEC Event: FedEx Team Indy

Abaris Event: Alaska Airlines Team Seattle (Abaris recognized 2nd fastest, China Southern, and 3rd fastest, JetStar Airlines.)

Alaska Airlines Event: Aviation Institute of Maintenance Team Dallas

AAR Event: Embraer Team Phenom

Barfield Pitot Event:
1st Place JetStar Airlines,
2nd Place Alaska Airlines Team Seattle

Barfield Fuel Event:
1st Place Alaska Airlines Team Anchorage, 2nd Place Utah State

Boeing Rigging Event: United Airlines Line Maintenance Team

Boeing Fiber Optic Event: United States Navy

ASA Event: Embraer Team Legacy

Alberth Aviation Event: Southwest Airlines

Aventure Aviation/Snap-on Event: Boeing

Machida Event: Baker College

American Airlines Event: Aviation Institute of Maintenance Dallas

How Can You Participate?

Plans are already being made for the 2017 AMC. If you are a mechanic, the best way to participate is to put together a team. Then you can see what all of the hype is really about. Other than the U.S. Army team of Apache mechanics, helicopter maintenance teams have been non-existent.

However, the teams couldn’t compete without industry support. It takes a lot of resources to help put this together. Maybe you can volunteer your time? Maybe you would like to put together an event for the next competition? Ken MacTiernan, who puts together the competition each year, wants to add more events for 2017. Maybe you or your company want to help put together a competition event? Maybe your company would like to become a sponsor and help financially support the AMC? After all, the AMC is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to keep it going. Maybe you would like to put a team together to compete in next-year’s event?

For more information on how you can participate, visit www.aerospacemaintenancecompetition.com. You can also contact Ken MacTiernan directly at jetdoctor69@gmail.com or call (615) 395-6681  

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