On Thursday July 13th I met with the Senator Schumer's staff who helped throughout the process of introducing and having passed the Senate AMT Day Resolution. (See attached photo.) On my far right is Intern Olivia Alves, on my right is Kelsey LeFreniere O'Brien. The resolution was introduced and passed on December 10th, 2016. These women were extremely professional and very patient. Although the process was long it was a pleasure working with Olivia, Kelsey and Kristine. The AMTA is grateful for Senator Schumer's support in introducing SRES #335. Unfortunately the Senator's schedule was not open for my visit to thank him in person.
Senate SRES #335 joins the Congressional RES #444, along with almost the almost 50 United States, Commonwealth & Territories AMT Day Resolutions. The AMTA is in the process of going through the Office of the Vice-President to request the White House for a Letter of Recognition recognizing the States, Congressional and Senate AMT Day Resolutions. As the process for something of this nature is unknown I will continue to send updates as to the progress that is made.
The AMTA continues to raise funds for a bust of Charles E. Taylor to go to the United States Army Aviation Museum. Donations can be made through our Go Fund Me account, at https://www.gofundme.com/2j9k9vaz, or you can use the PayPal account on the AMTA web site at WWW.AMTAUSA.COM or mail a check directly to the AMTA at:
4570 Da Vinci Street
San Diego CA 92130
If you send a check please indicate on the memo section that your donation is for the USA Aviation Museum. To date we have raised $730 of the needed $6000.00 from 12 donors. Please know that no donation is too small or large. All proceeds go to the purchase of the bust which will be created by Virginia Hess, the very talented artist that has created all of the bronze busts of Charlie which the AMTA has donated. These busts are a perfect way to educate the public about a man that aviation history needs to remember.
In remembering Mr. Taylor it allows our craft to remember those who have followed in his footsteps. The FAA's Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award recognizes Airframe & Powerplant Certificated professionals with 50 or more years in the aircraft maintenance field. Recently American Airlines was honored to recognize two of their own AMTs who have received this prestigious award. The AMTA is proud to post a picture of both these skilled AMTs.
David Umlauf, Inspection Supervisor, Tech Ops — CLT
David began working in aircraft salvage and repair when he was in high school as a mechanic’s apprentice. He attended a vocation program and received his A&P license in 1971. From there, David was hired on at Buffalo Aeronautical before joining the USAir Line Maintenance team in Buffalo in 1980. He became an inspector in 1987 and transitioned to CLT in 1990 as inspection supervisor.
“It’s an honor to receive this award. I remember when I first started with the airline, it was something new and something exciting. I traded the small airplanes I used to work on for the much larger ones at a commercial airline. It’s amazing how fast 50 years goes by,” David said.
Jack Zeock, Lead Mechanic, Tech Ops — CLT
When Jack was growing up, he would accompany his dad on photo shoots of Air Force aircraft and officers. He was fascinated by airplanes and knew from a young age he was going to work with them. Jack enrolled at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and was hired by TWA at JFK shortly after receiving his airframe and powerplant (A&P) license. He then went to work at Mohawk, and in 1990, he found his way to USAir’s CLT Maintenance hangar where he has been ever since.
“I enjoy what I do, and it seems like 50 years just flew by. I feel proud and in awe of it. I work with a great group of people that keep me here,” Jack said.
As always, thank you for your support in the AMTA!