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NBAA Maintenance Conference

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!

MRO Americas

The D.O.M. magazine team is in Atlanta this week attending the MRO Americas trade show. The show has been amazing! The show floor was sold out and is packed with exhibitors. Attendance is the highest I have ever seen. It is evident that the MRO market is thriving.

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.”

Trade Show Etiquette

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. 

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

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."

Live Life Forwards

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.

Back to Work


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. 

Grounded No More

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.

Politics, Religion and COVID

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.

NBAA Wraps Up

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 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!)

The long and illustrious history of the aviation industry has been fraught with many trials and tribulations over the years that have tested businesses to their limits and served as a catalyst for change. Here, component supply specialist Artemis Aerospace looks at the events that had a significant impact on the sector and how they have changed aviation forever.

The world’s most significant air crash

How to Resign

It still seems to be a job-seekers market out there. There are more open aircraft maintenance jobs out there than people to fill them. This includes leadership/supervisory positions.

If you are in a director of maintenance or other leadership position, how you resign can affect your team as well as your future job opportunities. After all, aviation is a small world — you never want to burn a bridge!

I found a good article by David Burkus that discusses seven steps for how to resign from a leadership position. They basically are:


For those that may not know, QWERTY is a keyboard layout. Its name comes from the order of the top left letter row of the keyboard — Q-W-E-R-T-Y. This layout was created by Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper editor and printer from Kenosha, WI. 

I took typing classes in high school. My guidance counselor recommended it. Although I didn't realize it at the time, it would come in very handy throughout my career. 

The Future of eVTOL Aircraft

After 119 years of aircraft technology advancements, we are still seeing technology developments. Like the Wright Brothers in the years leading to first flight in 1903, companies investing in the future of aviation do so with great risk at the chance of either rewards or failure.

Unable to Work

Last week was chaotic. Last Wednesday, we closed on our new construction house. We had movers coming over on Saturday to move the big stuff for us from our rental house to our new house. Let's just say the days of asking my buddies to help me move and "paying" with pizza and beer are long over. We have a lot more stuff than back in the old days, and my friends are a lot older — just like me.

Leadership Lessons From the Flea Circus

When I stumbled across a post on Root Inc. (www.rootinc.com) titled, "Leadership Lessons From the Flea Circus," I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.

I have been to many flea markets. I know for a fact that you don't buy fleas at a flea market.

But I never knew about the history of flea circuses. What constituted a flea circus? What was the difference between a regular circus and a flea circus?

Directors of maintenance and supervisors must act on job-related decisions every day. It’s part of our job. If you are the person who must make a specific decision, delaying it hinders your company’s smooth operation, affects customer service and leads to poor employee morale.

A recent personal experience is a good example of this. 


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