Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) code of ethics


Aircraft undergoing maintenance.
Aircraft undergoing maintenance.
Michael Spinks

Sometimes aircraft mechanics need to be reminded of the awesome responsibility that is entrusted to them. The situations they occasionally find themselves in and decisions they make are at times, quite literally, the difference between live and death. Not only risk of injury or death to themselves (a live aircraft is inherently a dangerous machine), but to the people who fly on the airplanes they maintain.

Especially in these times of economic turmoil, mechanics are often overworked, underpaid and underappreciated for the level of responsibility they hold. If a doctor makes a mistake he or she has the potential to kill only one person at a time, whereas if a mechanic makes a mistake they have the potential to kill hundreds at a time.

Let us all uphold the dignity of our noble profession and be reminded of the code of ethics for aircraft mechanics established by the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and endorsed by the FAA.

My Performance is a Public Service

“As a certified technician, my performance is a public service and, as such, I have a responsibility to the United States Government and its citizens. I must ensure that all citizens have confidence in my integrity and that I will perform my work according to the highest principles of ethical conduct Therefore, I swear that I shall hold in sacred trust the rights and privileges conferred upon me as a certified technician. The safety and lives of others are dependent upon my skill and judgment, therefore I shall never knowingly subject others to risks which I would not be willing to assume for myself, or for those who are dear to me.”

Good Judgment

“As a certified technician, I am aware that it is not possible to have knowledge and skill in every aspect of aviation maintenance for every airplane, so I pledge that I will never undertake work or approve work which I believe to be beyond the limits of my knowledge. I shall not allow any superior to persuade me to approve aircraft or equipment as airworthy when there is doubt in my mind as to the validity of my action. Under no circumstances will I permit the offer of money or other personal favors to influence me to act contrary to my best judgment, nor to pass as airworthy aircraft or equipment about which I am in doubt.”


“The responsibility that I have accepted as a certificated technician demands that I exercise my judgment on the airworthiness of aircraft and equipment, therefore I pledge unyielding adherence to these precepts for the advancement of aviation and for the dignity of my vocation.”

Following this code of ethics will help raise the professionalism of our craft. Let's proudly do our part.

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