On April 28, PAMA recognized its 2022 scholarship award recipients during the award ceremony at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Dallas.
The award recipients are as follows:
PAMA's scholarship committee was joined by representatives of the Aerospace Maintenance Council who presented their annual student awards as well (more on AMC award recipients here).
Congratulations to all our award recipients. Visit the scholarship page for more information on the application deadline for 2023, and to contribute to the PAMA scholarship fund.
This episode is about facts and their impact on the work of air crash investigators. Building a complete backstory with facts leads to an effective investigation.
Two recent accidents have few facts to work with. The available facts related to the 737 Max continue to be swept aside in favor of more headline-grabbing narratives.
John and Greg continue their effort to keep the focus on facts, conditions and circumstances to get to the real story of air crashes. These elements that lead to safety improvements.
They begin with a Cessna TU206 crash in Texas. Two pilots on board were killed when the plane crashed in a field. They discuss known details that could indicate striking something, a stall or lack of fuel.
A single pilot died when a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan used for a UPS cargo delivery contract crashed recently in Idaho. The plane landed inverted in a factory roof. Known facts included missed approaches, weather issues, and the importance of keeping on schedule.
Focus turns to the two commercial aviation accidents involving the 737 Max. John and Greg address listener comments related to the crashes, the planes, and Boeing. They cover the fallout from the Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger and how that impacted the timeline for the plane’s certification.
John, Greg and special guest Geoffrey Thomas offer the facts about Boeing and the 737 Max. They call out the sensationalism of the Netflix documentary “Downfall” and dig into facts that offer dig into facts that offer the real story with Boeing. They offer a true picture of the airline and issues that led to the Lion Air and Ethiopian crashes.
Geoff is a world-renowned multi-award-winning writer, author, and commentator and editor-in-chief at AirlineRatings.com. He is an outspoken no-nonsense critic of many aspects of airline management, technological issues related to aviation, and those related to safety and the environment.
Facts aren’t sexy, they agree, but the safety of everyone from industry to government to the public depends on understanding the real backstory.
The episode covers factors that influence operations of Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers. The role of Boeing’s acquisition of McDonnell Douglas is discussed. They separate facts from emotion to show that business pressures can sideline safety needs.
Greg and John dive into the latest details emerging about the China Eastern Flight 5735 crash on March 21. They also cover the backstory and impact of the Aerospace Maintenance Competition coming April 25-28.
The Chinese Government has allowed the NTSB to assist as technical advisors in investigating the China Eastern crash. Greg and John talk about what that means for getting to the facts.
They share insights from previous accidents with similar themes to this crash, including the documented repair of a previous tail strike on the aircraft and incidences of deliberate crashes.
Their sights turn to the upcoming maintenance competition in Dallas in conjunction with Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas. More than 80 teams from around the globe will compete this year.
Teams represent educational institutions, commercial airlines, repair and manufacturing companies, general aviation and space. Up for grabs are prizes as well as bragging rights as the best of the best.
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