As I write this blog, it is the end of the first day of the MRO Americas trade show. The Aerospace Maintenance Competition is being held in conjunction with the show, and our both is right across the competition arena. It has been a fun day seeing the teams compete!
Well, I guess it is.
On March 24, self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes, who happens to believe the earth is flat, launched himself over 1,800 feet in the air in his homemade rocket.
The rocket came back to earth by parachute. One deployed right after the launch was complete. The second one was deployed before touchdown, but it seems to me it was deployed a little late — which may account for the hard touchdown that injured Hughes’ back.
There are a few questions that came to mind as I read the news story:
The Aerospace Maintenance Competition presented by Snap-on (AMC) will take place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in conjunction with MRO Americas. The AMC provides an opportunity for current and future aviation maintenance professionals to showcase their abilities as they compete against their peers from around the world in five-member teams. The teams compete in timed events that test their skills and knowledge.
My wife and I recently had a horrible experience on a flight back from our 20-year anniversary trip to Punta Cana. Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook have probably read some of my posts during that experience. Allow me to share.
Our flight was supposed to be a five-hour flight from Punta Cana to Chicago O’Hare. Other than the flight being overbooked and the airline asking for eight volunteers to give up their seats for a $500 voucher, a room at a resort overnight and a guaranteed flight out the next day, everything went pretty typical – until we boarded.
As I mentioned before, I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. It seems too many people make unrealistic resolutions and set themselves up for failure year after year. However, we can all improve personally and professionally by setting realistic goals and striving to achieve them!
Here’s an idea for a 2018 goal – consider fielding a team in the annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition presented by Snap-on (AMC)!
This year, the AMC will be held April 9-12 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with MRO Americas.
As we get closer to the New Year, many people are thinking about New Year's resolutions.
The problem with New Year's resolutions is that they often fail. We set our minds to a goal and often set ourselves up for failure.
Let's look at one example. We make a resolution to lose weight. We sign up for a gym membership and start a diet.
I recently came across a quote on leadership that has been on mind for a few days:
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
Arnold H. Glasow
Being a leader isn't about how great we can become. It's about how great we can make those around us!
I've interviewed a lot of maintenance managers since launching D.O.M. magazine in 2008. There were some good leaders and some great ones. Those I would consider great had some traits in common:
I have been interested in human factors and how they affect our jobs for roughly 20 years. D.O.M. magazine contributor Gordon Dupont, known as the father of the Dirty Dozen, shares his knowledge on human factors with our readers each issue. Earlier this year, I signed up for the Aviation Human Factors Industry newsletter from Roger Hughes.
I received a press release this morning from Star Jets International. As part of the release, Star Jets announces that is will now accept Bitcoin as a payment mechanim for its private jet services. While bitcoin has been used for quite a few years, this is the first time I have heard of it being used in aviation.
Though not yet official at the time of this writing, word has gotten around in the industry that GE has closed its flight department (Corporate Air Transport) this month. Apparently, it is still keeping its helicopter operation, and there is speculation that it will be using a fractional/leaseback type arrangement for future corporate travel. Several of its flight department personnel have reported that they have already been dismissed.
The National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is just around the corner. From October 10-12, the D.O.M. magazine team will be at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, NV along with around 27,000 business aviation professionals from around the world at the sixth largest trade show in the United States.
On June 16, I wrote a blog titled Don't Follow Your Passion. I discussed how Mike Rowe had suggested that passion isn't enough to ensure success and happiness. I wanted to get your thoughts on the subject. In case you missed it, you can read that blog HERE.
A reader sent me the following response, and I feel compelled to share it with our readers:
EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2017 is just around the corner. Will you be at the world's largest fly in and airshow?
Oshkosh is two weeks away. This will be my 16th year attending this great event. The D.O.M. magazine staff will be in attendance covering the events and searching for new products and services relevant to our readers.
I’ve written numerous times on the importance of passion. I guess you could say it’s a topic I’m passionate about. I believe that in order to have success and be happy, we need to be passionate about our career. If you chase the dollar, you’ll never be happy. If you follow your passion and do something you enjoy, the money takes care of itself.
Or so I thought.
Then I saw a video from Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame) talking about passion. This made me reconsider my opinion.
Every now and then, the the D.O.M. magazine staff attends attends trade shows and conferences that happen to be scheduled close to each other. As chance would have it, for the next two weeks, we will be attending two shows that are not only on consecutive weeks, but also happen to be in Florida.
I have interviewed more than 50 DOMs and maintenance managers for our profile stories in D.O.M. magazine over the years. The interviewees span many different segments of the industry and all have different backgrounds and experiences. I have learned a lot from each interview and article I have written.
I’m a fan of Jeopardy, the TV trivia show hosted by Alex Trebek. Contestants in the show compete for monetary prizes based on how they respond to the categories in increasing dollar amounts and how they wager when a Double Jeopardy clue is found. A big part of winning is also how they wager and respond to the Final Jeopardy question. It’s a fun way to learn about subjects I would have never considered exploring.