It is with sadness that PAMA shares the passing of Richard ("Mac") McVicar. Mac passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018. He was 91.
"Aviation was his life, Mac was talking about retirement but just couldn't do it," said John Stover, Mac's close friend and associate.
Mac grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey and went into the Navy right after high school. He held a commercial pilot single and multi-engine land, instrument, ground instructor and A&P certificate, and inspection authorization. He soloed in 1945 and got his A&P in 1947. He worked in the Teterboro area until 1964 when he moved to Randall Airport (06N) and opened up his own maintenance facility (MacVicar Aircraft Service). He was still working the week before his passing.
Mac was a member of PAMA, WAMA and the QB's. He was honored with the FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the Teterboro PAMA Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Mac was a down to earth, straight forward, well-respected gentleman," says Clark Gordon, PAMA Secretary/Treasurer. "Humor and wit resonated from Mac. Always with a smile, he would look you in the eye while talking and listening to what you had to say."
Mac had deep knowledge of aviation in and around NJ and NY. "It was always enjoyable to hear the history of airports long closed," said Gordon.
Mac co-wrote “The History of Aviation in Rockland County” published in 2015, and contributed to a website on Rockland airport history. More on Mac's life and contributions are highlighted in a July 2017 write up in AOPA magazine, and a YouTube video of Mac flying over his airport at age 86.
The aviation community lost a great man. The PAMA community will miss him.
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Jenks, OK (Nov. 13, 2018) — The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and the Law Offices of Yodice Associates are pleased to announce a renewed partnership that will provide affordable legal services to aviation maintenance professionals.
The MxPro Legal Services Plan provides consultation and representation to mechanics and repairmen facing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enforcement action. PAMA members can take advantage of legal services provided under the program at the discounted annual rate of $125. Participants are encouraged to sign up by Jan. 1 to receive plan benefits for the coming year.
With more than 30 years’ experience representing airman in FAA enforcement actions, regulatory compliance matters, accident investigations, and aviation-related business issues, Yodice Associates Managing Partner Kathy Yodice is considered an expert in the field. As part of the partnership, Ms. Yodice will also provide informational articles and insights on aviation-related legal matters on the AMT Lawyer blog, available at https://www.pama.org/the-amt-laywer#/.
More information on the program is available at https://www.pama.org/mx-pro.html#/. To join PAMA, visit https://www.pama.org/join.html.
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About the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association: PAMA’s mission is to continuously improve aviation safety by promoting a high degree of professionalism among aviation maintenance personnel. Association activities focus on recognition, education, communication, collaboration and regulatory accountability from industry and government.
About the Law Offices of Yodice Associates: Founded in 1960, Yodice Associates is engaged in the private practice of law with special emphasis on aviation. The firm represents individuals and companies engaged in all manner of aviation-related activities and it administers several aviation-specific legal services plans, including MxPro.
The board of directors have approved the appointment of two new directors, both of which will serve two-year terms.
See a directory of all our volunteer leaders at www.pama.org/leadership.
Gregory Feith is a former NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator and “Go-Team” captain, and spent more than 21 years with the Safety Board serving as the Investigator-In-Charge or U.S. Accredited Representative for numerous high profile aircraft accidents, including Valujet in the Florida Everglades; American Eagle ATR-72 in Roselawn; Korean Air Boeing 747 in Guam; among many others. He led a team of mountain climbers to 21,000 feet on Mt. Illimani in Bolivia to investigate Eastern Airlines Flight 980, the highest controlled-flight into terrain (CFIT) crash in aviation history.
Greg received a BS Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; he holds Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Instrument Instructor (CFII), and Small Unmanned Vehicles pilot certificates. He has won numerous NTSB and aviation industry awards including the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel Award in 1996, and the 2001 ERAU Distinguished Alumni Award.
In addition, Greg is the Co-Inventor of the LapKidz (LapKidz.com), an aviation child safety restraint (ACSD) device for infant/toddlers under the age of 24 months; and he is a partner in In-Flight Labs (inflightlabs.com), a company that has developed a suite of “SMART” electronic systems which include SMART ELT, a distressed aircraft tracking system utilizing the on-board aircraft ELT.
Greg conducts safety lectures world-wide, appears regularly in aviation safety-related television programs such as MAYDAY, Seconds to Disaster, and Why Airplanes Crash, and he is the Aviation Safety Analyst for NBC News (winning a National Emmy Award as part of the NBC News team). In January 2016, Greg was inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation, an elite group of professionals who have made significant contributions in aviation and aerospace.
Ric Peri has more than 45 years in aviation maintenance as a mechanic, instructor, writer, consultant and auditor. In his current role as vice president of government and industry affairs with the Aircraft Electronics Association, Peri advocates for the avionics and maintenance industries before the aviation authorities worldwide with a primary focus on the Americas, Europe and the South Pacific regions.
Peri has more than 20 years in association management and supports the AEA membership through consultation and advocacy of aviation issues, with an emphasis on global maintenance, manufacturing and certification regulations. As an award-winning journalist, Peri has been communicating issues pertinent to the aviation industry since the mid-1980s in a wide range of aviation and engineering publications.
As an instructor, Peri has supported the aviation industry as adjunct professor at two universities and currently conducts organized training and education for the association’s membership. He also has been a guest speaker at several industry events worldwide.
Peri is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a USCG veteran having served in various maintenance and aircrew roles throughout his career.
Texas-based association representatives exhibited at the recent Aviation & Transportation Career Expo, which took place at the DFW airport, American Airlines Hanger #5 on Oct. 26, 2018.
The Expo is one of the largest educational events in north Texas and provides an opportunity for thousands of area students to see the latest technology and learn about aviation careers. Exhibitors highlighted myriad career opportunities, from piloting and maintaining a plane to managing a rail line and responding to emergencies.
Two directors were recently appointed to PAMA's Board of Directors, each will serve two-year terms:
Alan Stolzer is the Dean of the College of Aviation on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus, where he is responsible for the academic and administrative oversight of college. He is Professor of Doctoral Studies and teaches Safety Management Systems (SMS) in ERAU’s Ph.D. in Aviation program. Stolzer is the lead author on two books on SMS published by Ashgate Publications. Stolzer holds a Ph.D. in Quality Systems from Indiana State University, and degrees from ERAU and the College of the Ozarks. He also holds an ATP, CFI, and an A&P certificate from the FAA, and was previously a DPE, issuing more than 100 certificates and ratings on behalf of the FAA; he has flown more than 8,000 hours pilot-in-command.
Ron Zilderbrand spent his career developing state-of-the art programs for the aviation industry and his aviation experience and entrepreneurial success extends across decades, as the founder of AeroEngine Protection Corporation (AEPC), Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), Zilberbrand Group, LLC, Pyxis Aviation Group, LLC and The Jet Collection, LLC. Today, Ron is the CEO/President of AeroEngine Protection Corporation (AEPC), a aviation services company that has developed and offers the only hourly cost maintenance programs for Piston Airframes and Engines for the general aviation marketplace, PistonPower.com.
More information on the board and those serving is available on the Leadership page.
Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s helicopter industry. Maintenance scholarship opportunities include:
Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship
Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship
All applications must be submitted by midnight EST, November 30, 2018. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and to apply, visit helicopterfoundation.org/scholarships.
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Long-time PAMA friend Eugene (Gene) C. Breiner, passed away on Aug 7 at the age of 92.
Upon his passing, his daughter Joyce Breiner found what is believed to be one of the first PAMA banners among his belongings (seen pictured, below). The handmade felt flag was likely made as early as 1969, when Gene was an FAA maintenance inspector in Richmond.
According to his daughter, Gene created the banner with the help of a commercial artist and family friend, on the floor of the friend's home outside of Richmond.
The family is eager to hear of Gene’s role in PAMA’s creation and during its infancy. All are encouraged to provide information, share memories and offer condolences in the comments below.
A private gathering is planned for August with a public Celebration of Life on October 20, 2018, at the Bermudian Valley Airpark in Kralltown, PA. For more information and to RSVP for the service, visit the eVite.com announcement. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial aviation scholarship is being planned and will be announced soon.
The following edited version of Gene’s obituary is provided in remembrance:
Eugene (Gene) C. Breiner, 92, passed away quietly and peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his home in Newville, Pennsylvania after a long illness. He was clear headed to the end, sharing stories from the depth and breadth of his lifetime during his final weeks.
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