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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture 2024 is almost upon us. From July 22-28, hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts will gather in Oshkosh, WI for EAA’s annual gathering. According to EAA, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 set records, with 677,000 attendees, more than 10,000 aircraft, and 848 commercial exhibits participating in last year’s celebration!

If you’ve never been to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, you don’t know what you’re missing. I’ve been to 21 AirVenture shows. Every year brings something new and exciting for the many visitors that flock to Oshkosh for this annual aviation event. 

Employee Engagement

I just read "This CEO learned 3 essential lessons about being a great leader from one trip" on FastCompany.com. Author Barry Rosen tells the story of taking a road trip to meet with all 25 of his remote employees who worked from their home offices throughout the United States. He planned to spend at least eight hours with each employee. Half the time would be social — doing something fun and interesting together.

Do You Feel Safer Now?

The US government recently saved us from Chinese meddling. You’ve probably already heard of the ban of TikTok. Citing security concerns, President Biden signed into law the ban in conjunction with  $95.3 billion aid packages for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The “Protecting Americans’ Data From Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024” mandates that Chinese-owned ByteDance sell its interest in TikTok or face a US ban of the app within 270 days (January 15, 2025).

Wow! I feel safer already. 

Ultrasonic Wrench

The MRO Americas show is wrapping up today as I write this blog. The Aerospace Maintenance Competition was exciting! It's always fun witnessing the competition and camaraderie between participating teams. We will be announcing the winners in the next few days.

Ingenuity Mission Ends

After three years on Mars, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter's mission has come to an end. After its last flight was on January 18, Ingenuity's rotor blades were damaged while landing — preventing it from flying again.

Happy 2024!

Happy 2024! For many, a new year offers positivity and hopes of prosperity.

Here are a few tips on making the most of your opportunities starting now.

Canadian AME Day

Ken MacTiernan, director of the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA), founder of the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC), and longtime friend shared the following news, and I wanted to share it with our readers in case you may not be on his mailing list:

Greetings everyone. 

Disappointment? Yes! Frustration? Yes! Disrespected? Yes! Confused? Yes!

The Loss of an Aircraft Maintenance Leader

I recently learned of the passing of Richard McSpadden, AOPAs Air Safety Institute’s leader and past Thunderbird Commander. McSpadden’s popularity was nearly unparalleled as he hosted several podcasts and did public speaking and presentations on a regular basis. The pilot community has celebrated his life after the tragic accident that took his life — and rightly so!

We Have an FAA Administrator!

For the first time since March 2022, we have Senate-confirmed FAA Administrator. On October 24, the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 to Confirm Mike Whittaker as the next FAA Administrator. He will serve a five-year term.

In response to Whittaker’s confirmation, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg released the following statement:

Denial of Due Process

Allow me to share a story seven and a half years in the making of the failure of the NTSB to provide due process for an aircraft mechanic.

This story involves Anthony Jack Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1989 as an aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, and line chief on C-130s. After his military career, he worked as an aircraft mechanic and inspector, holding an A&P and Inspection Authorization until 2016 when this matter started.


The 2023 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is just around the corner. It will be taking place October 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In my opinion, NBAA-BACE is the second-best opportunity for maintenance managers and aviation maintenance professionals to gain the knowledge necessary for career advancement. (The best conference is NBAA’s Maintenance Conference, which offers three days of maintenance- and management-focused sessions!)

Screen Actors Guild

A few weeks ago, President Biden announced the nomination of Michael G. Whitaker to serve as the next FAA Administrator. The FAA has been without an Administrator since early 2022 when Steve Dickson retired. It has had three Acting Administrators since then, and will have another Acting Administrator if  Whitaker isn’t confirmed by October 25.


I'm in Washington, D.C. this week attending the NBAA Maintenance Committee fall meeting.

Yesterday, several fellow committee members asked me how ChatGPT is affecting my job. I told them that to be honest, I don't use ChatGPT. Maybe I'm behind the times?

One member told me he uses ChatGPT to help organize his daily schedule. So, being the curious person I am, I logged in to ChatGPT and asked, "How can ChatGPT help me organize my day?"

ChatGP's response:

ChatGPT can help you organize your day in several ways:


The August edition of D.O.M. magazine is now online. It is a bonus digital-only issue with a theme of safety and environmental. You can view it by clicking HERE.

Here’s a question for you regarding safety. Who is responsible for safety in the workplace?


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