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Leadership Lessons from Darth Vader

I have interviewed many aviation maintenance managers over the years. Just about every one of them would tell you that they developed their leadership skills by observing and learning from others as they climbed their career ladders. They adapted the positive skills from great leaders and learned what not to do from bad leaders.

Lessons Learned on the AT

The week after Christmas last year, I went on my first backpacking trip with my brother and friends. We hiked a section of the Appalacian Trail (AT) in The Great Smokey Mountain National Park. This year, we are returning to backpack another segment of the AT in the Smokeys the week after Christmas.

I learned a lot last year before I stepped foot on the mountains. My brother has been backpacking for years, and our hours of conversations provided me with plenty of tips for the hike:

Send the Elevator Back Down!

I don’t tend to watch much late night TV. I’m usually in bed after the weather forecast is finished on our local news. But on a recent business trip, I found myself channel surfing after the local news and stopped when I saw Kevin Spacey being interviewed. I don’t remember which talk show it was, as I was paying close attention to what Spacey was saying. His message was inspiring – "Send the Elevator Back Down!"


Successful companies are built upon trust. Management trusts its employees to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. Employees trust the company to provide a safe and productive work environment. Customers trust companies to provide products and services with value and quality. But what happens when trust is broken? There have been many examples of businesses struggling or failing because of betrayal of trust. Volkswagen is the latest example.

If You Are Ready to Test For Your A&P...

...you might want to take your tests sooner rather than later! There have been some significant changes to FAA Order 8900.2A which covers Designated Mechanic Examiners ­(DMEs) and the Performance Test Standards (PTS) they are required to test to. These changes will affect the practical tests of the mechanic exams and are going to take effect October 1st for current DMEs. DMEs who are newly appointed before October 1 will need to meet the new requirement once they receive their designation, even if it is before the October 1 date.

One Week Wonder

EAA AirVenture 2014 One Week WonderAn interesting project was completed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last summer. More than 2,500 AirVenture attendees took part in building a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer during the seven days of the show. The project was dubbed the One Week Wonder.

What Would Your Best Boss Do Today?

I came across an interesting blog this morning on smartblogs.com by S. Chris Edmonds. The title of his blog is “What Would Your Best Boss Do Today?”
In his blog, Edmonds asks us to think about the best boss we ever had. If that person would come into your workplace and see how you are leading your team, what would he or she think?

Aerospace Maintenance Competition

Last week, I was in Miami attending the MRO Americas trade show. As part of the show, I witnessed competitors from around the world compete in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. There were 39 teams competing in 20 different events to see who was the best of the best. Our May issue of D.O.M. magazine will have an article on the highlights of the event including the winners of the different categories.

Toxic Behavior

In our next issue of D.O.M. magazine, contributing columnist Dr. Shari Frisinger discusses toxic behaviors in the workplace. She shares insight on how to handle employees with toxic behaviors and how to work with a boss who is a toxic manager.

Kickstarter for A&P-Designed Bike Cargo Pack

What do you do if you can’t find a suitable gear bag for your bicycle? If you are an A&P, you design one! That’s what Cody and Justin Greenwell have done. They have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund manufacturing of their bicycle storage solution – the CODEPAK.

Cody, a certified aircraft mechanic, and his brother set out to build a premier bike cargo solution. Their design is a bike pack that is light, durable and easy to open.

Selling Has Nothing to do With Selling

This is the busiest time of year for our sales team. They are working with our advertisers and potential advertisers lining up their advertising schedules for 2015. I am not a sales guy. I know that being in sales is tough, and I admire those who are successful doing it. Just like in business publishing, aviation maintenance operations couldn't be successful if it weren't for successful sales professionals.

The deadline for nominations for Helicopter Maintenance magazine's 2014 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award is November 15. If you haven't nominated a deserving individual for the award yet, there is still time!

For eligibility information and nominating instructions, visit www.helicoptermaintenancemagazine.com/article/helicopter-maintenance-magazine’s-2014-helicopter-mechanic-year-award.


NBAA's annual convention and exibition is the largest business aviation gathering in the world. I am writing this blog on the evening of the second day of the show. One more day to go!

It has been a productive show for the D.O.M. team. We have had the opportunity to meet with many of our readers and customers while we were at the show. There was a lot of news at the show, and we will be sharing that news in the November/December issue of D.O.M. magazine. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few highlights from the show that were particularly interesting.

A Serious Problem

On Sept. 22, a coalition of aviation trade associations asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fix a seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that would create serious headaches for the aviation maintenance industry.

Striving for Professionalism

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?

What's In a Title?

My editorial column for the June/July issue of Helicopter Maintenance (D.O.M. magazine's sister publication) was "What's in a Title?" I got a lot of feedback from the readers and wanted to share it with D.O.M. readers to get your input. Here it is:


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