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?"
ChatGPT can help you organize your day in several ways:
EAA AirVenture is almost upon us. During the last week of July each year, hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts gather in Oshkosh, WI for EAA’s annual gathering. According to EAA, about 650,000 people participated 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 20 AirVenture shows. Every year brings something new and exciting for the many visitors that flock to Oshkosh for this annual aviation event. There’s something for everyone at AirVenture!
B-nuts to be specific. The NTSB has released Safety Alert 086 titled Mechanics: Ensure B-nuts Are Properly Secured! You can view the Safety Alert by visiting https://www.ntsb.gov/Advocacy/safety-alerts/Documents/SA-086.pdf.
The Safety Alert starts off saying, “B-nuts are a small piece of hardware that can cause a big problem if they are not properly secured.”
It goes on to discuss “The problem.”
We are in Hartford, CT for the NBAA Maintenance Conference this week. I've had the opportunity to talk to many readers and exhibitors since yesterday when the conference started.
I've had the opportunity to sit in on a variety of sessions here at the conference. was a session on Goodyear Blimp maintenance and operations. It was presented by Jim Crone, Goodyear Airship Operations maintenance manager and David Spratley, a mechanic in the department.
The D.O.M. magazine crew will be at the NBAA Maintenance Conference in Hartford, CT next week (May 2-4). If you will be at the conference, please stop by our booth (805) and say Hi. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you!
If you have never attended an NBAA Maintenance Conference before, I would encourage you to do so. The conference has plenty of educational sessions for aircraft maintenance professionals — from DOMs to mechanics. If you work in the business aviation field, this conference is for you!
FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen addressed attendees of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) Annual Conference on Thursday March 16. In his keynote, Nolen spoke of the importance aircraft maintenance professionals play in a safe aviation system.
“…as a pilot, I know that the unsung heroes that keep the aircraft in the air, are the people in this very room,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I can say that pilots are only as strong as the maintenance professionals who stand, not behind them, but alongside them.”
The D.O.M. and Helicopter Maintenance magazine team was in Atlanta March 7-9 attending HAI Heli-Expo 2023. It was nice walking the show talking to the exhibitors and learning about all the new products and services available for helicopter maintenance professionals. Thank you to all of you who stopped by our booth to say hi. It was great meeting new people as well as catching up with longtime acquaintances.
Every year, millions of people make New Year's Resolutions. Every year, more than 80 percent of those resolutions fail. That's why I believe it's not a good idea to make New Year's Resolutions in the first place!
Many New Year's Resolutions fail because the resolutions are unrealistic, unattainable or not well-defined.
Do you want to make a New Year's Resolution? How about resolving to start setting SMART goals!
We all need to set goals. Without goals, we wander through our career and personal life aimlessly — letting things happen as they will.
Wikipedia defines self-fulfilling prophecy as: "...a prediction that comes true at least in part as a result of a person's or group of persons' belief or expectation that said prediction would come true. This suggests that people's beliefs influence their actions. The principle behind this phenomenon is that people create consequences regarding people or events, based on previous knowledge of the subject."
I came across a post on LinkedIn by Aircraft Specialties Inc. (ASI) this morning. It said, "LIFE CAN ONLY BE UNDERSTOOD BACKWARDS, BUT IT MUST BE LIVED FORWARDS."
As I read the post I thought, "What simple and relevant words of wisdom!"
We learn from our past. We all make mistakes. We also have successes. If we are able to learn from those mistakes and successes, our future is more successful.
We can also learn from others. We can learn what to do (and what not to do) if we pay attention to others.
Thanksgiving has come and gone. The madness of Black Friday has passed. It’s time to get back to work.
Yesterday, millions of people were surfing the internet taking advantage of online deals on a day that has come to be known as Cyber Monday. TheHill.com reports that shoppers spent a record-breaking $11.3 billion on Cyber Monday this year.
Most of the news we see on TV or the internet tends to be negative. It's nice to come across a feel-good story every now and again.
Such is the case with Mesa, AZ-based non-profit Grounded No More. Since 2016, Grounded No More, Inc. has been providing free flights for military veterans. Tony Anger, the company's owner and founder noticed earlier this year that it was approaching its 500th flight. He wanted to do something special to honor that impressive milestone.
Growing up, many of us were taught that there were two things you just didn't talk about in public settings — politics and religion. It made sense. After all, both of those subjects are deeply personal. Discussing either one in public settings would inevitably end up with someone getting upset.
It seems like COVID needs to be added to that list.
From the start, COVID was a polarizing issue. That polarization has exponentially increased as we have lived more than two years dealing with its effects.
Today is the last day of NBAA-BACE 2022. I was looking forward to attending NBAA-BACE this year. There were plenty of exciting seminars and presentations lined up, and it's always good to learn about all the new products and services available to the business aviation industry. I also enjoy networking with D.O.M. magazine readers and advertisers.
The 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is just around the corner. It will be taking place October 18-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
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!)