On Aug. 19, 1972, the first annual convention in Pittsburgh, Penna., was held where the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) was established. We are proud to be celebrating 40 years as the only non-profit organization that is an advocate for the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT). PAMA promotes professionalism and recognition for AMTs by fostering continuous improvement in aviation safety and through communication, education, representation, and support.
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.
In lieu of holiday cards and gifts to members, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) donated $1,000 to the Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF) for an aviation maintenance scholarship. The award will go to a student attending an (FAA certificated Part 147 Aviation Technician School, with the winner selected by NRF’s Board of Directors.
A new on-line FAA Aviation Maintenance Awards Program soon will be available on-line.
The revised program makes it much easier for aviation maintenance technicians to participate in the program, which mirrors many of the processes used for the FAA’s Wings safety program for pilots. Training received can be recorded in the on-line program, according to the FAA news release. Technicians no longer will have to visit an FAA FSDO or mail in proof of training to receive AMT awards. The awards system will also keep track of all training, including employer-provided training, which becomes part of the technician’s permanent training record.
“The training you, your employer, or a training provider records will become your permanent AMT Awards Program training record that you can email to either a prospective employer, a school of higher learning for credit, or to your insurance company,” the FAA announcement stated.
For an employer, the ability to record training provided to each employee, as it is received, and not have to provide proof at the end of the year should be a blessed relief from paperwork, the FAA suggested. “You may upload all in-house training for all employees registered for the program at the end of the year” and apply for employer awards on-line, the agency pointed out.