I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday yesterday and took a moment to reflect on those things that we each should appreciate in our lives.
This month you should have received your notice and instructions for the AMFA National Annual Survey for 2013; your participation is vital in order for the results of the survey to be meaningful and reflective of a broad-based perspective of our membership. We appreciate your involvement and it is only through your feedback that we can help ensure that we are best serving our members.
November 20-23, 2013, David Brooks, National Safety & Standards Director and Secretary of The Americas for the Aircraft Engineers International (AEI); Brad Fornelius, Local 14 Vice President and “Delegate at Large;” and I attended the 41st Annual Congress for AEI in Melbourne, Australia. The Congress was well attended by union affiliates from 13 different countries and 14 different aircraft technician unions to discuss the challenges our craft is facing on a global basis.
It is clear that outsourcing heavy maintenance checks is a worldwide practice and airlines are universally attempting to get to a point where they only have to do the absolute minimum in-house maintenance to get the aircraft from one outsourced heavy check to the next. It was also identified, through a comprehensive review of maintenance log books, that pilots are commonly pressured to hold off on writing up maintenance discrepancies until the last flight of the day or until they are heading into a maintenance base to reduce any impact on the flight schedule. AEI is planning to reach out to the various pilot organizations, with the goal of furthering aviation safety, to see how we can work together to ensure airworthiness is never compromised. AEI is the only affiliation that is made up entirely of aircraft maintenance professionals that advocates for our craft on a global basis, both externally with industry regulators and internally with its members.
Section 6 Negotiations for the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians continued at Southwest Airlines this month. The AMFA Negotiating Committee has posted updates on the National Website. Please contact your local Airline Representative for observer opportunities; the next negotiations will be in January 2014.
For more carrier specific updates and further information regarding AMFA and the airline industry, please visit the AMFA National Website at www.AMFANational.org and remember our most determined efforts will only succeed with your continued support and participation – Please stay informed. Remember, “Safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground.”