PAMA President John Goglia, and directors Ken MacTiernan and Greg Feith visit with new PAMA director and host of the Florida Aviation Network Ben Coleman at SUN 'n FUN, to talk about PAMA, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition and the Flight Safety Detectives podcast.
PAMA Director Ken MacTiernan Represents FAA Mechanics on NASA's Advanced Air Mobility Ecosystem Working Group
PAMA Vice President Ken MacTiernan will represent the trade association on NASA's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem Working Group (AEWG). The NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is currently soliciting interested parties to participate in the initiative with the mission to accelerate the development of safe, high-volume AAM flight operations by bringing together the broad community involved in developing AMM.
The primary purpose of the AAM ecosystem working groups is to share input, information and opinions to enable NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the AAM community to supplement the existing efforts in the industry, focusing on understanding the viewpoints of a diverse group of stakeholders and an understanding of the ecosystem as a whole.
NASA will host periodic virtual working group meetings to facilitate community engagement and information related to the AAM ecosystem. Working group registrants will be added to the distribution list and informed of all meeting times. For more information and to register to participate, visit nari.arc.nasa.gov/aam-portal/rfi/.
As a participant, MacTiernan, who also serves on the board of numerous non-profits and has three decades of service as a mechanic at American Airlines (see his bio on the Leadership page), will have the opportunity to closely collaborate with NASA and other government organizations in discussions relating to standards, policies, and operationalization of AAM.
Earlier this year, the board elected Ben Coleman to join PAMA leadership.
Mr. Coleman is a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Air Safety Investigator and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Safety Inspector. He is a seaplane/commercial multi-engine instrument rated pilot with thousands of hours flight experience. He is a certificated mechanic with inspection authorization, and a senior parachute rigger.
Ben served as a Safety Officer for a helicopter diplomatic security detail in Iraq for the Department of State “Airwing”. Having represented several international aircraft manufacturers and ISR platforms as technical advisor and demonstration pilot, he is well versed in international affairs.
Ben is the creator and anchor host for an aerospace safety televised talk-show called “Plane Time” and feels media/advertising is a key component to our aerospace maintenance safety message. During his spare time he is restoring a 1941 Interstate ‘Cadet’ aircraft to be used for ‘tailwheel’ endorsements.
The board thanks Mr. Coleman for committing the time and resources necessary and look forward to his service. See a directory of all our volunteer leaders at www.pama.org/leadership.
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