I recently attended a NBAA Maintenance Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, I had a chance to talk to some of the committee members about what we can do to help promote professionalism in our industry.
I will be expanding on this topic in my next editorial column in D.O.M. magazine. In the meantime, I would like your feedback on the topic. Here are a couple of things to think about:
1. Is there a need to improve our professionalism in the industry?
2. What can we do to accomplish this?
I am writing this blog post from Anaheim, CA. Our team is exhibiting at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 conference. It has been a productive show for us, and I must say I am enjoying the weather – we won’t be getting this nice warm weather in Wisconsin until May!
Meetings and press conferences take up a lot of my time at conventions. Several times in the past two days, I had a company say, “Customer satisfaction is now a priority for us.”
It’s ironic how things sometimes work out – when he stars, moon and safety wire line up.
I finished sending the Jan/Feb issue of D.O.M. magazine to our printer yesterday. My editorial column was titled, “Have Passion!” It discussed the importance of having a passion for what you do. As the day progressed, passion ended up being the recurring theme.
As I was going through my emails today, a blog in one of the newsletters I subscribe to caught my attention. The title of it was Three Tips for Pain Free Performance Reviews, and it was written by Scott Eblin, an executive coach, speaker and author of The Next Level.
Annual performance reviews are a duty of most DOMs and maintenance managers. I have been through my share of them, both on the receiving end and on the evaluation side of it. If proper thought and planning are not part of performance reviews, they are worth as much as the paper they are written on.
It is that time of year – people around the world are celebrating the holidays. Here at my house, we are getting ready for Christmas. As I write this, there are still a few last-minute things we need to get, but for the most part we are done with our shopping and preparation. We will be sitting down with our family on the 25th to enjoy some quality time together.
The topic of negotiation has been on my mind for the past month or so. It seems as if many of our elected officials, especially in Washington, D.C., have chosen to abandon the possibility of negotiation, choosing instead to take hard-line stands on one side or another. Sure, we hear, “We are willing to negotiate….” from many politicians, but if they also say, “I am not willing to budge on XYZ issue,” then that is not the groundwork for negotiation, as we saw with the recent government shutdown.
NBAA2013 is fast approaching. The staff of D.O.M. magazine is making final preparations for the largest business aviation trade show of the year.
I always enjoy NBAA. It is an opportunity to see what’s new in business aviation products and services and network with the business aviation community. It’s an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones. It is a big learning opportunity.
There’s excitement in the air at Helicopter Maintenance magazine’s offices in Wisconsin and Arizona, and we want to share it with you. As the industry’s premier magazine for, by and about helicopter maintenance professionals, we are going to offer an award for the 2013 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year. Following is information on who is eligible to participate and how to nominate an individual.
In my editorial column A Level Playing Field in the June issue of D.O.M. magazine, I told the story of Nick, a repair station owner of an avionics repair station in the Oklahoma City area that felt forced to surrender his repair station because of the hassles his PAI was supposedly giving him. (You can click here to read that editorial if you haven’t already seen it.)
Yesterday, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) sent a message out to its members urging them to contact their House Members and ask them to protest FAA ATC Fees. Here is that letter:
Two weeks ago, EAA members and others sent more than 19,000 emails and letters went to U.S. Senate offices urging senators to sign a letter opposing FAA's effort to charge air traffic fees at aviation events, including AirVenture. This is costing events hundreds of thousands of dollars or forcing them to cancel.
D.O.M. magazine is seeking nominations for its second annual Maintenance Manager of the Year and Above and Beyond awards.
The D.O.M. magazine staff introduced these awards in 2012 because it believed there isn't enough recognition for all the extra effort and professionalism that exists in our industry —in particular, there is not enough recognition for maintenance managers that deal with the day to day challenge of running an aviation maintenance department.