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Last week’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition provided an uplifting look into the future of aviation and aerospace maintenance. Fourteen teams competed in the School Division of the 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC); a skill-based event that took place during last week’s 2015 MRO Americas.

Zack Wessels, RF System Lab borescope expert, was onsite at AMC for the duration of the event and was extremely impressed with the caliber of teams competing; especially the college teams. “It was great to see a high-level of teamwork and problem solving skills from the teams in the school division… it was an exciting look into what to expect from future AMTs/AMEs,” said Wessels.

RF System Lab sponsored the event and also donated a VJ-Advance video borescope that was awarded to the winning college team. After a grueling two-day competition, Salt Lake Community College was crowned the winning team for the School division. In addition to earning the title of First Place Team in the School division, Salt Lake Community College took home a plethora of prizes, including the high-quality VJ-Advance articulation video borescope.

We would like to congratulate Salt Lake Community College on their victory, as well as all the other teams who came out to compete in this year’s AMC!

For more information on RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope, visit our website or call (231) 943-1171 to speak with one of our borescope experts.

Only four days until the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, taking place at the 2015 MRO Americas: April 14-16, 2015 in Miami, FL. As we’ve told you previously, we’re giving away a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the school category.

We reached out to the schools competing with a goal of getting to know more about their schools, the members of their team, and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We previously posted the responses from South Seattle College, and today we are excited to feature the team from Indian Hills Community College on the RF System Lab blog.

The Indian Hills Community College team members include George Allen Francis, Nicolas Daniel Alexander, Leo Brian Fox, Niccolo James Darr, Leonard Yarita, Joshua Mykel kruse, and Brent Thomas LeClere. Their coach is Terry Dunkin, Assistant Coach is Dan Brauhn and the Team Leader is George Allen Francis, a student at the college.

We’ve shared their answers to our questions below:

Question 1 (Q1) : How many years have you been competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition?

Answer (A): This is the second year that Indian Hills Community College has participated in AMC. This competition creates excitement and initiative with our students and support from organization supporting our participation.

 

Q2: Which skill-based challenges are you looking forward to the most at this year’s competition?

A: I can’t say that we truly have one event more anticipated than another, we look forward to all the challenges.

 

Q3: Tell us a bit about your school’s aviation and aerospace maintenance program.

A: Our Aviation Maintenance Program has been in operation since 1972. We are a very small school so we are able to dedicate much of our training as a one on one environment. We train our students to be very safety conscious and we promote their competitive nature. Additionally, we are very aggressive at trying new ideas and approaches and actively pursue opportunities such as the AMC presents.

 

Q4: RF System Lab is donating a VJ-Advance video borescope to the winning team in the school division. How would winning the VJ-ADV assist your program?

A: Indian Hills Community College is currently pursuing the prospects of the creation of an advanced Non Destructive Training and testing program that will train clients in the areas of Borescope inspection, Magnetic Particle, Eddy Current and Ultra Sonic methods and certifications, so the VJ-Advance would greatly assist that program.

 

RF System Lab would like to thank Indian Hills Community College for taking the time to let us learn a bit more about their school and AMC goals. We wish them good luck and are looking forward to meeting them at this year’s AMC!

With the Aerospace Maintenance Competition quickly approaching, RF System Lab is gearing up to prepare for our first year of sponsorship for this skill-based competition. We’ve talked to many of the schools competing, who are looking forward to have a chance at winning the VJ-Advance video borescope, and have connected with fellow sponsors to spread awareness about AMC.

ARSA logo

ARSA logo

One sponsor we’d like to highlight is the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). The ARSA is a repeat sponsor of AMC and are an extremely important part of the Aviation Maintenance industry. We at RF System Lab are proud to be sponsoring AMC along with such an influential and integral association.

The ARSA produced an informational and interesting video, developed as part of the Leading Edge video series. The video was distributed to public TV stations in all 50 states and is hosted by former football coach and sports broadcaster Jimmy Johnson. This seven minute video gives a great inside look at the men and women who keep the skies safe.

You can view the video on the AVMRO website.

We look forward to co-sponsoring the Aerospace Maintenance Competition with ARSA and all the other sponsors on-board. Make sure you stop by and check out this skills competition during MRO Americas – April 14-16, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL.

RF System Lab is counting down the days until the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, taking place at the 2015 MRO Americas: April 14-16, 2015 in Miami, FL. We’re proud to be a sponsor of the event, but what we’re looking forward to the most is giving away a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the school category.

We reached out to the schools competing with a goal of getting to know more about their schools, the members of their team, and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We were extremely impressed with their replies, and wanted to showcase a few of the schools competing on the RF System Lab blog.

The first of these schools is South Seattle College, a school that has two teams competing in this year’s AMC. Below are answers from both teams, Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) Team 1 and AWAM Team 2. These teams are made up of the following individuals: Maxim Zuev, Michael Clyde, Agnes Choung, Renae Muniz, Kevin Barrett, ‘Troy’ (Yeshi) Qui, Brian Louderback, Cedric EBROTTIE, Mark Brutke, Michael Cooke, Anthony Clark, Miles Craw. Elise R. Levi, Secretary of AWAM Chapter 19 and A&P Student at South Seattle College, was our contact at the school and was kind enough to interview students competing for us.

We selected a few answers to each of the questions asked to share below:

Question 1 (Q1) : How many years have you been competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition?

Answer 1 (A1): “This will be the first year I will be competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, and the second in our school’s history. We are always looking for more opportunities to gain experience and test our knowledge outside of the school environment. Through training for this competition we have been introduced to various aviation maintenance related products used in the field that we would have otherwise not been able to test, putting us a step closer to working out in the field.” –Mark Brutke

A2: ‘’This is my first year competing in the aerospace maintenance competition. I decided to compete because I knew this would be an amazing opportunity for me to make friends among aviation enthusiasts and show what My Team and South Seattle College AMT program are made of.’’- Tony Clark

A3:  ‘’I competed last year, this year I’m a student coach/project manager.’’ –Jennifer Lasher

 

Q2: If you have attended previously, did you have any memorable experiences?

A1:  ‘’Yes, last year it was very exciting to come together with so many other professionals and students and to get an idea what the future holds for me.’’ –Jennifer Lesher

 

Q3: If you have not previously attended, what made you decide to participate in this year’s competition?

A1: ‘’Having the opportunity to get more hand-on on Aviation stuff, and enlarging my professional network for my future career in aviation.’’- Cedric EBROTTIE

A2: ‘’The supplementary training and opportunity to learn aspects of aviation maintenance that I have not yet covered in school sounded like a good opportunity to further my education.’’ –Michael Clyde

 

Q4: Which skill-based challenges are you looking forward to the most at this year’s competition?

A1: ‘’JT8-15 Pressure Ratio Bleed Control.’’ – Brian

A2: ‘’The events are mostly in my areas of interest but I look forward most to showing how hard my team and I have worked to perfect our skills at safety wire, power distribution troubleshoot, Charles Taylor exam, and weight and balance.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: “Im looking forward in building a strong and well controlled skill set under a pressurized environment such as being timed and evaluated by a team of judges. I can also relate this to license testing. “ –Maxim Zuev

 

Q5: Tell us a bit about your school’s aviation and aerospace maintenance program.

A1: ‘’For being almost at the end of my program, the strength of the school is the instructors.  Having five different instructors throughout my program, their specific backgrounds in Aviation helps me have a wider view in the aviation field.   From the military to commercial and from general aviation to the cargo company.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE

A2: ‘’Our school and instructors do an excellent job with limited resources to provide us with everything we need to succeed as aircraft mechanics, except our own enthusiasm and drive.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: “It is Two-year program which has a long history.  We even have a hanger at Boeing field to keep airplanes.  Our instructors have varied backgrounds, which helps us understand the fields of aviation.’’    -Agnes Choung

 

Q6: RF System Lab is donating a VJ-Advance video borescope to the winning team in the school division. How would winning the VJ-ADV assist your program?

A1: The VJ-Advance video borescope would be a vast improvement over the borescopes our school has currently. We have used these devices to inspect compressor blades in turbojet engines for damage, but their effectiveness has been limited because honestly aren’t very good. With a better, professional-quality borescope, I’m sure we would find many more uses for it.’’ –Mark Brutke

A2: ‘’Thank you RF System Lab for donating the VJ-Advance borescope for the school division winner of the AMC. If my team from South Seattle College wins our division that boroscope will be amazing for our powerplant class this coming year.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: ‘’It would be very helpful because we need one with a small head that can go into a J52.’’ –Brian

A4: ‘’Winning the borescope would be most excellent, as our school’s current borescope situation is less than desirable.’’ –Michael Clyde

 

Last but not least… final remarks: 

‘’Thank you to everyone else from South Seattle College, our families and community (including but not limited to Alaska Airlines and Boeing) who have made it possible for us to compete this year and helped us to hone our training. ‘’ -Tony Clark

‘’I’m looking forward to experiencing and learning new stuff in at the AMC competition, and especially to WIN.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE

RF System Lab would like to thank South Seattle College for taking the time to let us learn a bit more about their school and AMC goals. We wish them good luck and are looking forward to meeting them at this year’s AMC!

The 2015 MRO Americas, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL on April 14-16, will host the Annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC).  AMC is a skill-based competition where teams of certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, international and domestic Armed Forces personnel involved in aircraft/spacecraft maintenance, and students enrolled in either FAA, EASA, CASA, or equivalently authorized schools will compete to show off their aerospace maintenance skills.

Teams of five are divided into competition categories of Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Space, School, Military, and MRO/OEM. They then compete in a timed competition against other teams in their category by testing their knowledge and skills in 16 scheduled events that highlight the principles of the AMT and AME craft and profession.

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor of AMC 2015. In addition to their sponsorship, we are donating a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the School category. Out of the 42 teams competing in this year’s AMC, five of those teams are made up of students working to obtain certification through aviation schools.

We are excited to be able to provide the winning students an opportunity to enhance their studies with the VJ-Advance. At RF System Lab, we understand the importance of hands-on learning and experience with tools regularly used in the aviation maintenance industry; which is why the video borescope company is thrilled to be able to provide the winning school with a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope.

Borescope expert Zack Wessels will be onsite at the competition to provide information about the VJ-Advance to interested parties. We will also have VJ-Advance video borescope demos available at booth #2943 in the MRO Americas Exhibit Hall.

More information about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition can be found at the event website. More information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope can be found at www.rfsystemlab.us or by calling 855-787-3091.