Ground Support Worldwide

APR 2013

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SHOW RECAP Read more about the Softcapture Jetporter on page 6. We'll also publish cover stories on Blair in our May issue, and on Biermann in our June/July issue. 20TH BIRTHDAY We threw a party for ourselves to mark 20 years publishing the leading voice of the ground support community. We had our February cover story on "The History Of Ground Support Equipment," blown up to form a 7-foot tall display. Ground Support Worldwide celebrates its 20th birthday during a party held on the exhibition foor. We also arranged for Chuck Maire, a retired Northwest Airlines captain and chairman of the National Museum of Commercial Aviation to discuss his museum, which in the process of developing its own history of GSE. The last we heard the museum might be receiving an old jetbridge from show exhibitor Ameribridge. We do know that our big display was shipped off to the museum after the show. LIVE STREAMING For the frst time, we provided live webcasting of the AMT Society Maintenance Skills Competition throughout the show. Plus, contest sponsor SnapOn Industrial also caught the interest of the local FOX news channel to come out and do a live report on the last day of competition. Finally, we tweeted highlights of the competition and received many responses posted to, including: from ramp to back offce, fuel managemenT made seamless Ops Managers Must Check This Out! • Effortless fuel allocation & monitoring of inventories within joint-use systems • Allow airlines/customer access to exclusive into-plane data and electronic ticket printing • Storage tank, refueler and inventory volumes on hand • Forecast fuel needs and time your deliveries • Instant gain/loss monitoring • End of month reconciliation, adjustments and reporting Taughannock aviaTion 1-800-875-1551 24 GROUND SUPPORT WORLDWIDE • APRIL 2013 • "What a fantastic representation of our profession!! I wish that EVERY person who has EVER fown an airplane and not given a second thought to what goes into maintaining it could see this competition." • "Gentlemen, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for representing WestJet in the 2013 AMT Skills Competition. I truly hope you all enjoy this experience, have fun and create new friendships / contacts with your fellow participants." Check out #AMTS2013MSC for more congrats. A list of winners this year is as follows: COMMERCIAL AVIATION CATEGORY • 1st Place: FedEx Team LAX • 2nd Place: FedEx Team INDY • 3rd Place: UPS MRO/OEM CATEGORY • 1st Place: Team Boeing • 2nd Place: TIMCO • 3rd Place: Lode Technology SCHOOL CATEGORY • 1st Place: Team Redstone College • 2nd Place: Spartan College of Aerospace & Technology, and Salt Lake Community College • 3rd Place: Aviation Institute of Maintenance Team Dallas (NOTE: The 2013 AMTS MSC is the frst year of the six years of competition that there was a tie for 2nd Place.) MILITARY CATEGORY • 1st Place: United States Coast Guard GENERAL AVIATION CATEGORY • 1st Place: Constant Aviation The William F. "Bill" O'Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance was given to the FedEx Team LAX. The AMT Society also presented the Charles E. Taylor Professional AMT Award, given to the single most professional-looking, professional-acting and highest team-spirited competitor to U.S. Coast Guardsman AET 2 Michael Bosch from Air Station Clearwater, FL. MAKE A DATE We'll be holding next year's AviationPros LIVE, March 25-26 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

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