Working Together

I was in San Diego, CA a few weeks ago attending NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC). On the last evening of the conference, I was approached by Brad Townsend, chairman of the NBAA maintenance committee, saying that a meeting had just been held between key members of the NBAA maintenance committee, AMTSociety and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). I was told that an agreement had been reached in relation to working together towards common goals and that an official news announcement would be sent out in the near future.

Well, D.O.M. magazine  just received that announcement. Here it is:

Taking Command of Our Industry

In a focused effort to continue to enhance and grow the aviation maintenance professional, a meeting was held on April 6th between members of the AMTSociety, National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) Maintenance Committee, and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).

With a spirit of camaraderie never before seen in our maintenance industry, all parties agreed to move forward in a positive and proactive manner in order to show a united front to our members and colleagues and take command of our industry.

Brad Townsend, current chairman of the NBAA Maintenance Committee, states:

“We have been talking about opportunities for a while. We acted on it during the NBAA Maintenance Managers Conference this year just held in San Diego. Coincidentally this year’s theme was “Building a Community of Leaders”. Choosing to act on that spirit, we made a simple but elegant commitment to build a community of partnership benefiting individual brother and sister aviation maintenance professionals around the globe as well as those we have pledged to serve.”

The organizations have agreed to align efforts on common interests for the betterment of aviation technicians throughout the industry.

Tom Hendershot, executive director of AMTSociety, states:

“At the Maintenance Management Conference we agreed to collaborate on issues related to aviation maintenance including regulatory concerns, National AMT Day and the education of technicians. This initiative puts together, for the first time, a prominent force dedicated to promoting the aircraft technician and professionalism within the ranks.  As we move forward together with these initiatives, each organization will maintain their own autonomy and mission while partnering on issues of mutual interest.”

Clark Gordon, PAMA chairman states:

“It is incumbent as industry leaders for us to work as one to further the acknowledgement of the aviation maintenance professional.” 

Dale Forton, PAMA president states:

“As our economy continues to grow the demand for well trained maintenance professionals will be in the forefront of each organization. Working together will ensure the proper recognition and economic growth of our individual members.”

All three groups plan to hold regular meetings together to build on this momentum and work through selected common causes that will unite the global aviation maintenance community.

What do you think about this announcement? What common causes would you like to see them working together on?

Thanks for reading,


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