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Saving the Talent

Could we have a system in place allowing a shop that isn’t busy to ‘loan’ one of its veteran techs to another shop that needs them right now, in hopes of keeping this person employed within the avionics industry?

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ecently, my wife and I had the one. In my opinion, all of you are highly chance to take a long automotrained specialists and difficult to replace. bile trip through several states along old A number of shops, especially in the Part U.S. Highway 66. It was a nostalgic trip, 25 world, are staying busy. Many are curwhich allowed us to experience travel the rently looking for technicians, often on a way it was 50 or more years ago. And, it part-time basis. gave me a chance to let my mind wander There was discussion at the board back in time about the way things used meeting on having the AEA host a “jobto be, as well as how much exchange database” through things have changed. the AEA Member Programs We made this trip shortly & Services Committee or the after the fall AEA board of Educational Foundation. Could directors meeting, where one we have a system in place allowof the “new business” topics ing a shop that isn’t busy to discussed was how to preserve “loan” one of its veteran techs some of what we have right to another shop that needs them Chuck Freeland now, namely you. How do we right now, in hopes of keeping retain the outstanding talent this person employed within the that already exists in the avionics industry avionics industry? Ideally, the technician in the future? The education and training could fill a need for a contract or a period you have received is expensive, and we of time, return to the shop that “loaned” just don’t have as many tech school graduhim/her, and avoid a period of unemployates, EEs and ex-military candidates enterment which might force the tech to search ing the aviation field. for a new career path. Today, many of our member avionics If such a program were developed, it shops across the U.S. and around the world would require a lot of thought, work and do not have as much business coming cooperation among all of us. Could it work? through the doors as they did five years We aren’t sure yet, but it might. If you have ago. And, the concern is centered on losing some thoughts along this line, please, drop people from our industry to other types of me an email at cfreeland@sandel.com. careers as a result of the depressed econoI welcome your input and will forward it my. We simply cannot afford to lose anyalong to the AEA board and staff. q

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CHUCK FREELAND Secretary, AEA board of directors Sandel Avionics, Vista, Calif.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News January 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Rockwell Collins' Fusion Upgrades
Member Profile
Where Are They Now?
Before & After
Next Step in the GPS Battle
A Conversation With...
Touchscreen Avionics: Training Required
Sounding Off On Audio Panels
Member Profile
Advertisers Index
Aviation Aces
Business Basics
Meet the AEA Board
Theory & Practice
Legal Ease
Special Report
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News January 2012 - Cover1
Avionics News January 2012 - Cover2
Avionics News January 2012 - 1
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Avionics News January 2012 - 3
Avionics News January 2012 - Point of Communication
Avionics News January 2012 - 5
Avionics News January 2012 - AEA Now
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Avionics News January 2012 - 9
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Avionics News January 2012 - 12
Avionics News January 2012 - 13
Avionics News January 2012 - The View From Washington
Avionics News January 2012 - 15
Avionics News January 2012 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News January 2012 - 17
Avionics News January 2012 - 18
Avionics News January 2012 - 19
Avionics News January 2012 - Rockwell Collins' Fusion Upgrades
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Avionics News January 2012 - 23
Avionics News January 2012 - Member Profile
Avionics News January 2012 - 25
Avionics News January 2012 - 26
Avionics News January 2012 - 27
Avionics News January 2012 - Where Are They Now?
Avionics News January 2012 - 29
Avionics News January 2012 - 30
Avionics News January 2012 - Before & After
Avionics News January 2012 - Next Step in the GPS Battle
Avionics News January 2012 - 33
Avionics News January 2012 - A Conversation With...
Avionics News January 2012 - 35
Avionics News January 2012 - Touchscreen Avionics: Training Required
Avionics News January 2012 - 37
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Avionics News January 2012 - 39
Avionics News January 2012 - Sounding Off On Audio Panels
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Avionics News January 2012 - Member Profile
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Avionics News January 2012 - Advertisers Index
Avionics News January 2012 - Aviation Aces
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Avionics News January 2012 - Business Basics
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Avionics News January 2012 - Meet the AEA Board
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Avionics News January 2012 - Theory & Practice
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Avionics News January 2012 - Legal Ease
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Avionics News January 2012 - Special Report
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Avionics News January 2012 - What's New
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Avionics News January 2012 - Marketplace Classifieds
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