AMTA Update October 2018

Greetings everyone!


  On October 3rd I met with Sean E. Doocey, Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Presidential Personnel, at his office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to talk about the AMTA's request for a AMT Day letter of recognition from the Trump Administration. During this meeting I provided copies of the Congressional AMT Day Resolution and Senate AMT Day Resolutions. Along with these resolutions I provided a copy of the history of AMT Day with the letter the AMTA sent to Vice President Mike Pence. This was a positive meeting with Mr. Doocey. With the paperwork provided I will keep you all up to date as this process progresses.


 I would like to thank Molly Wilkinson, VP Regulatory Affairs for American Airlines, who was instrumental in making this meeting a reality. Her support is unwavering and her input during this meeting was very supportive for having Charles E. Taylor recognized by the Trump Administration. 


The AMTA would like to thank Ron's Software Shack for their generous donation of $35.00 to the campaign to raise money for a bust to go to the United States Army National Aviation Museum. If you would like to make a donation you can use the GoFundMe account we have set up at


I would like to ask you to help me congratulate recent recipients of the FAA's Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Thank you gentlemen for your contributions to our skilled craft & profession! I am sure Charles E. Taylor is proud to have you received this award.


 ‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‍Gerard Wagner, Inspector, St. Louis (STL) Line Maintenance Gerard began his aviation career with TWA at JFK as an AMT in 1968. He remained there until 2001 when he relocated to STL. Ten years ago, he transferred to the Quality Control department, where he works as an inspector. “Gerard first impressed me with the tenacity he showed in completing the inspector qualifying test,” said Michael Detloff, Inspection Line Maintenance Manager. “It’s not easy, but he successfully worked through it without question or complaint. Over the past 10 years, he’s continued to impress me with his knowledge, demeanor, participation and guidance. He’s a true asset to our team.”


‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‍Kevin Hales Sr., Crew Chief, STL Line Maintenance Kevin grew up in an airline family, and it was his dream to follow in his father’s footsteps as an aviation maintenance technician. He started with TWA at STL in 1966 working ramp service before enlisting with the U.S. Navy Air Reserve in 1967. After being released from active duty, he went back to TWA and obtained his Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license from Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He continued his career with TWA as an AMT, and became a crew chief in 2001 not long after the merger with American.“I have experienced many very long nights doing what I have very much enjoyed, working on aircraft of many types,” Kevin said. “During my career, the teamwork and organizational skills I have attained have helped me in all areas of my daily life. Receiving the Charles Taylor Award is a huge honor.”


‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‍Tom Peterson, AMT, STL Line Maintenance Tom received his A&P license from Spartan in 1967 before going to work as an AMT for Universal Airlines. In 1968, he joined Ozark Airlines, which merged with TWA and eventually American. “I’ve worked with Tom for more than 20 years, and he is a true professional,” said Julie McCracken, STL Line Maintenance Manager. “His sheet metal expertise is unmatched. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he readily shares with other team members to develop their growth and potential.”


‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‍Jerry Gray, Crew Chief, DFW Line Maintenance When it was Senior Day at Arkansas City High School in Kansas, everyone was out celebrating. But Jerry was thinking about the future and went looking for a job. He landed at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, as a jig builder and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft jet mechanic where his love for aircraft maintenance began to take root. From there, Jerry got his A&P from Spartan and went to work at Braniff International Airways as an aircraft mechanic in 1974. In 1982, he went to work at Piedmont and has moved around the country before settling in at DFW, where he’s been since 2008. “Time passes faster than you think,” Jerry said. “I really like my job and the people I work with. I’m on a shift and at a location where I want to be and working on aircraft is second nature to me. It’s very special to receive this honor.”


‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‍Ron Glover, Inspector, Tech Ops – Tulsa Ron started his aviation career right out of high school when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968. He served two years of active duty in the Vietnam War as a UH-1 Flight Crew Chief in the 335th Assault Helicopter Company, a division of the 1st Air Calvary. After leaving the Army, Ron worked for Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin in various aviation maintenance positions, including mechanic, inspector and foreman. Ron joined American in 1985 and quickly became known as a “go-to guy.” He’s worked on several special projects, including serving as one of the lead crew chiefs when American acquired the first Boeing 737 aircraft. “It’s always been about getting up and going to work every day,” Ron said. “It’s what I do. But this award is a nice honor, and I’m proud to receive it.”


‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‍Arnold (Arnie) Mowrey, Lead Engineer, Powerplant Engineering, Tech Ops – Tulsa Growing up, Arnie worked in his father’s car service station. He could change oil by age 8 and overhaul a car engine by age 12. While working at the station, he met an AMT for TWA who encouraged him to look at aviation maintenance for a career. He attended Northrop Institute of Technology in California. Arnie obtained his A&P license in 1969 and started his airline career at TWA in 1970 as an AMT. Over the course of his career, he worked the flight line and, from time to time, moved to the graveyard shift and the engine change crew. In 1987, Arnie transferred to Kansas City Overhaul Base in Missouri to perform 747 overhaul maintenance. He soon moved into Tech Services and Powerplant Engineering, and he has been at the Tulsa base since 2004. “The past 50 years seem like yesterday,” Arnie said. “Time means nothing when you enjoy what you do, and it goes by fast. I’m grateful for being a part of this industry, and receiving this honor.”


  As always, thank you for your support in the AMTA!




Ken MacTiernan

Director AMTA

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