PAMA News

  • 10 Jul 2018 1:12 PM | PAMA National (Administrator)

    Six directors were recently appointed to PAMA's Board of Directors. The new leaders will join Chairman John Goglia and Secretary/Treasurer Clark Gordon to guide the future of PAMA.


    Loretta E. Alkalay is an aviation attorney and regulatory consultant to airmen, aviation entities and foreign civil aviation authorities, specializing in issues related to compliance with federal aviation regulations, including maintenance rules, and international air safety standards.


    She is an adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology where she teaches drone laws, aviation safety and other courses in New York and abroad. She has taught for Vaughn joint degree programs with universities in Hyderabad, India and in Shanghai, China.


    Loretta was an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration for over 30 years, more than 20 of those years she served as regional counsel in New York. As head of the FAA’s New York legal office, she was responsible for FAA legal matters arising in seven states, the District of Columbia, Europe, the Mid-East, Africa and parts of Asia.


    Loretta holds a B.A. from Cornell University, cum laude and with distinction, and a J.D. from the NYU School of Law. She holds an FAA remote pilot certificate with UAS rating.


    Ernest (Ernie) Kiss is vice president of quality and engineering at Airborne Tampa / PEMCO World Air Services in Tampa, Florida.


    Over his 35 years in the aviation industry, he has worked in commercial airline, general aviation, and corporate aviation maintenance organizations. Ernie has served as technician, lead, inspector, manager and director across the industry with companies such as Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Eastern Airlines, AAR Corporation, and AAR Landing Gear Services.

    He holds associate degrees and certificates in business and finance, is a certified quality auditor, certified aviation maintenance instructor, human factors instructor, and holds an FAA mechanic certificate.


    Ken MacTiernan is a 32-year aviation maintenance technician for American Airlines in San Diego.

    Ken joined the United States Air Force right out of high school, where he served as a B-52 mechanic at Castle Air Force Base. In 2002, he founded and became the director of the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA), a non-profit organization that promotes Charles E. Taylor and the aviation maintenance technician’s craft. He is also a founding director for the AMTSociety, where he served as chairman for the Maintenance Skills Competition and scholarship program.


    Ken has served as a director of the Northrop Rice Foundation since 2012. In 2013, he became the vice president of the Aerospace Maintenance Council, where he helped create the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. He currently lives in San Diego and is married with three children.


    Michael Bartron is a product safety manager and technical fellow with Pratt & Whitney/United Technologies Corp. and leads the company’s Safety Management System, with a continued focus on alignment with customer, supplier, and company SMS efforts.


    Michael also provides guidance on product-related safety investigations and is Pratt & Whitney’s focal point for national aviation authorities and safety agencies. Michael’s connections with these agencies began with a one-year detail to the National Transportation Safety Board, where he worked under the auspices of the Hon. John Goglia and supported multi-modal transportation safety initiatives.


    Michael is a technical expert in aircraft accident investigations and system safety disciplines and has helped develop several industry standards.


    He demonstrates a strong commitment to learning through teaching and advising at Vaughn College of Aeronautics in New York City. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


    John S. Koza is a flight safety investigator for Pratt and Whitney, and a certificated mechanic. His 20-year aviation career includes roles as a mechanic in both commercial and corporate aviation, as well as substantial experience in the manufacture, testing, and maintenance of turbine engines with multiple manufacturers.


    When not engaged directly with investigative activities, John shares his unique level of practical, “real-world” experience with his colleagues in engineering. He is also actively involved in mentoring and supporting the next generation of maintainers and technicians at Pratt & Whitney and elsewhere in the trade, through such organizations as the Aerospace Maintenance Council.


    John resides in the Hartford, CT. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Aviation Maintenance from Embry-Riddle, and a Masters in Engineering from Penn State.


    Marshall Puckett is president of AvReps International. His 50 years of experience in aviation includes selling engine overhaul services for Airwork Corp, acting as president of Avionics Associates Inc., a national distributing company, and helping formulate strategic plans for over 20 of the best companies in the aviation industry.


    Marshall worked directly with National Aeronautics and Space Administration contractors helping to commercialize administration technology, most notably data link weather. He is cofounder of the New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace Association and a member of its board of directors. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Electronics Association and has served on its board for 9 years.

    Marshall is a private pilot with 5,000 total flight hours and prior to his aviation career spent six years in the United States Navy submarine service.


  • 13 Jun 2018 5:07 PM | PAMA National (Administrator)

    PistonPower™ by AEPC™ (AeroEngine Protection Corp.) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) announced the formation of a scholarship program for individuals interested in a career as an aircraft maintenance technician and provide an additional income opportunity for PAMA members. The PistonPower™ referral program allows PAMA members to offer customers a variety of maintenance programs and receive a commission of 3% of the enrollment fee. Just one enrollment a month will add up to $3,000 a year. There is no limit to how many enrollments you can refer. For more information about the family of PistonPower™ programs refer customers to Remi Szymanski. Send their contact information along with info and hours on the aircraft to RS@PISTONPOWER.COM or phone 941-726-5439.

  • 13 Jun 2018 10:39 AM | PAMA National (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, PAMA elected new leadership. The Honorable John Goglia took the reins in January and is hard at work forging partnerships and developing new initiatives that will ensure PAMA’s sustainability and viability.


    After decades of experience as a mechanic at United Airlines and US Airways, John was the first and only airframe and powerplant mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), serving from August 1995 to June 2004. He played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents.


    John now fills his time as an independent aviation safety consultant, adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and president and co-founder of the Aerospace Maintenance Council, a non-profit trade group that raises awareness about aviation maintenance technician careers through its annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition.


    Among numerous other accolades, he is recipient of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association/Flight Safety Foundation Joe Chase Award and the FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. His 40 plus years of experience in the industry has made him a sought-after consultant, expert, speaker and writer. He is frequent contributor to Forbes Magazine and author of Torqued, a monthly column appearing in AINOnline.


    We sat down with John to discuss his vision for PAMA, and what’s been going on behind the scenes in the first few months since his election.


    What made you want to take on the job?

    For me, it’s about giving back. Aviation was very good to me and it’s about giving back to my community of mechanics, and helping young people find their own path in this industry.


    As a long-time member, what is PAMA’s significance in the industry?

    PAMA provides a voice for the general aviation maintenance community. It plays a very important role for aviation safety, and as representative for professionals in our industry.


    What has been its crowning achievement?

    The PAMA Olympics. PAMA founded the competition more than a decade ago, it lives on through chapter-sponsored local events, and nationally through the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. The event showcases our talents and does a lot to promote careers in aviation. It’s something the association should be really proud of.


    Given the anticipated workforce shortage, what role can PAMA play to help attract and retain the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals?

    Our members are the best spokespersons for our industry, we are the only ones that can show students what it’s like to be a mechanic.

    We are in the beginning stages of an effort that would bring high school students into facilities to see what we do first-hand, to spark an interest in aviation. We think more students would be interested in being part of our community if they knew what it was like. It’s not just about using your hands, you have to be tech savvy, a good troubleshooter, good with electronics, etc.


    When you think back to your career in aviation maintenance, what makes you most proud?

    I felt most proud the day I got my A&P license. I decided to go to mechanic school because I liked to fix cars; I figured I’d like fixing airplanes too.

    I’m also proud of the opportunities I created as an A&P. I started riveting and made my way up through the ranks, all the way to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. There is more to maintenance than being a mechanic, there are so many other ways you can succeed and give back. I want current and future maintenance professionals to see and know that. There’s a lot of opportunity.


    What has been PAMA’s focus since you took on the leadership role?

    The board made tweaks to the bylaws, secured professional management, quality checked the member database to ensure we’re able to better communicate with the membership, and cleared outdated content off the website. We’re also exploring partnerships that will bring value to our members and finding ways to get industry involved. There’s definitely been a lot going on behind the scenes.


    One of the things we’re looking at is putting a program together to help move mechanics up to the supervisor or management level, to create a pathway. We’d like to give the workforce the opportunity to get more than just technical training, you need writing and people skills to go to the next step.


    What are the three things you want to accomplish during your tenure as chairman?

    We want to 1) put PAMA back on solid, financial footing, 2) create a reputation for promoting careers in aviation maintenance and opening the doors for young people that want to come into aviation and 3) meet our moral obligation to society and our community through membership enhancements.


    Crystal Maguire is PAMA’s new operations manager, responsible for day-to-day association activities. She is also Executive Director of the Aviation Technician Education Council and manages the Aerospace Maintenance Council. She also provides regulatory consulting and legal services to air agencies and aviation maintenance technician schools and is a regular contributor to Aviation Week’s InsideMRO.

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