Safety is your decision

How do you want your aircraft maintained? Good enough or airworthy? Your answer should be airworthy of course.

Fortunately I have found that aircraft mechanics do not tolerate good enough — but we do not get to make that final call that sends the aircraft upward into flight.

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Why do you join a national organization?

All the way back to Charles Taylor, aircraft mechanics have worked on aircraft for low pay and little recognition, if any. Our satisfaction comes from working on complicated machines that are fast and sleek. Most of all they fly! We keep them that way. One of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association’s (PAMA) purpose in this is to be an advocate for the aircraft mechanic — often in ways that you do not see every day or produce immediate results.

So, you ask, what value is any organization to you?

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Making progress at PAMA

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Our third edition of the PAMA Newsletter in General Aviation News reminds me of how fast our life goes by nowadays. When getting an A&P I never thought that writing articles for magazines and websites would be part of my daily routine.

I recall less than a year ago when I started as president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, I was barraged with ideas and actions that needed attention. I am still sorting through some of them by priority. I am happy to report a couple of them are completed.

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$11.35 million: What will it cost you?

Dec. 18, 2011: One of the largest air crash disaster verdicts was handed down by a Philadelphia jury, which awarded $11.35 million in compensatory damages to Dr. Robert Marisco Jr. and his fiancee Heather Moran, both of Akron, Ohio, in an action against Winner Aviation Corp.

I must first state I am very sorry for their injuries and suffering in this crash. It seems an error chain is what caused the accident, as usual, and each link in that chain has a part to claim.

As the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), we must address a concern we have expressed for years based on our country’s legal system, as well as a few other issues this affects.

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PAMA Newsletter debuts

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First of all I want to thank General Aviation News for offering the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) the opportunity to publish articles that will be of interest to mechanics, as well as some pilots.

PAMA is an association for the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT). We promote professionalism and recognition for the AMT by fostering continuous improvement in aviation safety and through communication, education, representation, and support.

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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.

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