PAMA slates Maintenance Symposium

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is holding its National Aviation Maintenance Symposium (NAMS) in the Ann Arbor, Mich., area at Eastern Michigan University Jan. 19-20. The symposium will feature exhibitors, speakers and presenters for aviation maintenance professionals.

It will provide the opportunity for professional development, educational training, and networking for managers and those who are pursuing a management career path.

This two-day event will be held in conjunction with the Great Lakes International Aviation Conference and Expo on Jan. 20-21. Additional information and online registration is available at

Our host hotel for the 2012 PAMA National AMS and the Great Lakes Aviation Conference & Expo will once again be the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

Speakers include:

GreyOwl — Richard Komarniski: The Benefits of SMS in Aircraft Maintenance: The objective is for attendees to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of safety management systems. This presentation will focus on the value of safety management systems in maintenance by providing the skills to understand how to mitigate unwanted hazards and losses. This pro-active approach to safety will help reduce costs due to human error. The SMS framework will save you money through increased productivity and structured decision making using a risk assessment tool, ultimately preventing accidents in the aviation industry.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign — Terry Von Thaden: A First Look at Results from the Aviation Maintenance Fatigue Survey: The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign recently teamed with a multi-disciplinary Maintenance Fatigue Working Group to carry out a maintenance industry fatigue benchmark study. The online survey, which took about 15 minutes to complete, was hosted at the University of Illinois to collect data on maintenance technician work practices and operational conditions related to work and duty patterns across the industry. This information was collected as part of ongoing efforts to inform future advisory and rulemaking efforts. Initial data returns from the survey will be shared and the floor will be opened up as a forum to receive feedback from industry professionals on the data and representation for the final report to the FAA.

Amway Corp — Kirk Bajdek: Post-Maintenance Inspection Techniques: He will present a collection of techniques and explanations for post-maintenance inspection.

International Communications Group — Darren Emery: Future Air Navigation System (FANS) Over Iridium: An overview of FANS Over Iridium, the benefits, installation considerations and operational approval.

Global Jet Services: Transition to Leadership: Professionalism is the attribute that sets your business apart from others. Mastering the art of effective leadership, management, customer service, communication, and interpersonal skills is a must for all aviation personnel.

Byron Clingerman: Confusion of NDT Process: Byron, who has been involved in aircraft maintenance and NDT since 1967, established AeroLab Testing Services to provide NDT services to the general aviation industry. Keeping aircraft flying and reducing inspection costs so that limited resources can be more efficiently directed is the goal of AeroLab. The session will include an open forum discussion to help clarify the confusing world of NDT.

ServiceElements: Essentials of Performance Management and Coaching — Managing Emotional Intelligence in Service Delivery:

ServiceElements helps companies achieve superior levels of service. The company and its program facilitators have the years of experience needed to address all facets of a company’s service delivery systems. ServiceElements’ programs, services and techniques are derived from years of experience in the business aviation industry improving the service levels of companies that cater to some of the most demanding and discerning customers in the world.

PAMA President Dale Forton: Professionalism 1: This session will delve into the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.

FAA Mike Millard: Maintenance Jeopardy and Accident Investigation Foresight

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