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ARSA INSIGHT

By Brett Levanto

THE "GOOD EXAMPLE" MOVEMENT

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BRETT LEVANTO
is vice president
of operations of
Obadal, Filler,
MacLeod & Klein,
P.L.C. managing
firm and client
communications in
conjunction with
regulatory and
legislative policy
initiatives. He
provides strategic
and logistical
support for the
Aeronautical Repair
Station Association.

ACH YEAR, IT'S BECOME A FAVORITE ACTIVITY
of mine to celebrate the aviation professionals
recognized by Aircraft Maintenance Technology
magazine's Next Gen 40 Under 40 Awards.
I was lucky enough to be part of 2015's inaugural
NextGen class. Since then, supporting the effort has
remained a personal priority and has become more
and more of an industry imperative. Finding and
retaining a world-class technical workforce - adding
to the ranks for the hundreds of thousands of men and
women already working every day to keep us safely in
flight - is the most pressing strategic challenge facing
the aviation community.
Rather than re-treading the evidence and efforts
related to defining the problem (though you can absolutely give me a call if you're looking for that, I've got
both hard data and metaphors to spare), it's most
important to celebrate the honorees' achievements
by talking about how we're going to help them. What
can we do as an aviation community to build up those
who deserve it while growing more like them?
What we need is to do every single day what AMT
Magazine is doing this month: show off what's great
about aviation. Whether it's impressive people (hello
NextGen honorees!), interesting challenges, advanced
technology, worldwide travel opportunities, or the
allure of really, really important work, there is so much
in which we can take pride.
We also need to spotlight things that can improve
and areas where the industry is getting better. Too
many people think of aircraft maintenance as purely
"dirty work." There can be late nights, heavy lifting,
demanding schedules, steep learning curves and overbearing oversight. I've spoken with plenty of current
and former AMTs with a sour taste for the industry. We
need to do better for them.
There are a lot of things you can do to support this
work and you might already be involved in one or more
of them. I'm asking you to make an example of yourself.
The "good example" movement is already underway
across the industry:
* The Aerospace Maintenance Competition recognizes and celebrates technicians each year at its
annual event, drawing teams of student, professional, and military technicians, showcasing their
talent and sitting recruiters in the front row (www.
aerospacecompetition.com).

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* The General Aviation Manufacturers Association's
(GAMA) workforce video series is helping repaint
the image of industrial work (gama.aero/videos).
* A coalition of industry interests is launching the
Choose Aerospace Campaign to build the dedication of aviation professionals into a desirable brand
(www.chooseaerospace.org).
* ARSA is embarking on an effort to illustrate the
possibilities in aviation maintenance and related
technology by illustrating all of the paths an industry career can take. Our plan to is to build timelines
showing the key points in each professional life,
highlight what drives successful technicians/engineers/business professionals forward and put a
human face on the work of aviation safety.
This will make an impact in a number of ways. First, it
will shine a light on the opportunities available to those
who are dedicated and provide good examples for
younger people beginning their own journey. Second,
it will give us a chance to see what is most important
in propelling successful professionals along.
Think about your life and profession:
* Did you spend your childhood tinkering?
* Did your parents/aunts/uncles/guardians/friends
share a passion for hands on work?
* Did you study technical subjects in school?
* Did you wind up in aviation unexpectedly or was
it always your plan?
* Who helped along the way? Did you have a mentor
or an inspiration?
* What have you learned that others need to know?
What would you tell someone considering an aviation career or trying to stimulate growth in the
industry overall?
Good or bad. I'd like to know your answers to these
questions. The best part of the "good example" movement is that we can learn from frustrations just as we
can from successes. Please take a minute to share with
me by visiting arsa.org/qq-careers or directly either by
email (brett.levanto@arsa.org) or phone (703-739-9543
Ext. 103) and we can discuss it.
For the past five years, this magazine has done great
work chronicling the maintenance community's exciting
future. Each edition of NextGen honorees is a catalog
of good examples. Let's continue that work. Let's honor
the good work of this year's award winners by celebrating what's done across the industry every day.

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http://www.gama.aero/videos http://www.chooseaerospace.org http://www.arsa.org/qq-careers http://www.aerospacecompetition.com http://www.aerospacecompetition.com

Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
Commercial/MRO: Never Scrap Your (Composite) Component Again
Cover Story: NextGEN Awards
Product Update
ARSA Insight: The "Good Example" Movement
ATEC Insight: Rise Above the Noise
Advertisers' Index
Editor's Sign-off: I am a Next Gen
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
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