Morris Plains, June 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As we ring in the new year, many of us like to think big. How can we have the most impact in the new year? How can we recruit and provide the best people with the best tools, training and motivation to excel? How can we find the resources to accomplish all of our big ideas floating around like candy plums in our festive minds?
Here is one of mine. I think this is long overdue, and I would like to invite you to join me.
It’s time to sing about our unsung heroes
Almost everyone in our industry knows that aviation mechanics (technicians, AMEs, LAMEs, ground support equipment personnel, etc.) are the unsung heroes of aviation. But that understanding never seemed to migrate to providing the same kind of focused, world-class training or rock star recognition that the “others” get.
You know, those in the front seat, press a few buttons and take credit for getting from point A to point B. Not to dismiss the efforts of these highly skilled and skilled professionals who fly, but that m always seemed strange. that those behind it all and maintaining these finely tuned technologies seem to somehow fade into the background of our collective minds.
Of course, when something goes wrong with a maintenance job, everyone quickly recognizes it: the panel that fell off in flight or the landing gear pin that got stuck. With the millions of maintenance sequences happening around the world every week, it’s a wonder we don’t see more.
Let me be clear about what I see: millions of flights in our industry are happening safely without meaningful recognition from the people who make them possible. It’s time to notice and celebrate these men and women as rock stars in their own right.
A difficult period for technicians
Aircraft airworthiness has never been in better hands, but the entire system is currently under strain, making this an extremely difficult time for professional technicians. COVID protocols, flight schedule disruptions, jurisdictional issues, financial issues, and a host of other basic mental health issues facing the world make error-free work necessary to ensure airworthiness a very hard. We must respect and mitigate this risk. And since I operate on the philosophy that none of us are as smart as all of us, I cast a wide net.
Industry-wide, I am declaring 2022 the “Year of the Aircraft Mechanic,” with the idea of putting all available resources to the service of these tireless professionals in these difficult times. Operators, OEMs, MROs, universities, insurance companies and other special interest groups can all play valuable roles in a coordinated effort.
It could end up being nothing more than a token gesture. Or it could grow into a powerful tool for improving airworthiness and career readiness in our industry. Time will tell us.
Right now, I’m a lonely voice with a big idea. But with just a little help getting the ball rolling, we may be able to highlight the incredible work, the opportunities and rewards that come with the work, and recruit the next generation into a culture of proud and compliant professionalism.
So here’s what I’m asking.
- Consider what the industry needs to improve the recruitment, training and performance of professional maintainers. Write your list and send it to me.
- Think carefully about what you can do, wherever you are, to support our maintenance professionals during this difficult time. Perform the actions available to you. Share what works.
- Join the year-long effort to create lasting improvement across the industry. To that end, we already have certain events in mind.
Convergent Performance will fund, develop and host a global celebration and online symposium on the past, present and future of these stubbornly persistent men and women who “keep them flying”. This is tentatively scheduled for June 2022, so stay tuned for more developments and outreach for presenters and ideas.
Additionally, we will be looking for partners and contributors to make this event more than a one-day event and provide sustainable improvement ideas for those in small organizations who would otherwise not have the resources to take advantage of advanced training opportunities.
Finally, I will personally act to coordinate a cross-functional effort to put more emphasis on professional maintenance challenges in hopes of tipping the balance a little more in favor of these unsung heroes.
The Year of the Aircraft Mechanic (JPG download)
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