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President's Letter-march 2021

Greetings WAMA members, corporate members, friends and supporters!

Hello all,

Because it is already March, that means we have made it through some significant milestones, including a lackluster New Year's celebration, the Presidential inauguration and several crippling snowstorms throughout the country.  With the new administration in place, hopefully we can settle down with reduced friction and fiery tempers.  This is never a good thing especially during already trying times amid the Covid pandemic.  With the coming availability of the vaccines, I feel we will be turning an important corner for our health, both mentally and physically and the future outlook of the aviation industry for this year and years to come.

As mentioned in our last issue due to safety reasons, we had been unable to hold any events in 2020, and at this time, we are still unsure of our in-person event schedule for 2021. During our board meetings, we have discussed the possibility of introducing webinars in place of our dinner meetings and hope many of our regular presenters will agree to this type of forum. We have a few already lined up and In the next few months, we will be reaching out to many more of them.  I also hope many of you had the opportunity to join us for our last webinar of the year on December 17th 2020 hosted and presented by our longtime friend and sponsor Dassault Falcon Jet.  The hour long webinar began with an introduction about WAMA's history and how we have served our membership for the last 60 years.  As is customary, during each December holiday meeting, we were again able to pledge our support for our featured charity organization, Corporate Angel Network(CAN).  Through our raffle proceeds of a Falcon F2000S model donated by DFJ, we were able to raise through your generosity, over $175.  Slightly less than our previous years during our usual in-person events, CAN still appreciates our continued support each year and we are happy to oblige, thanks to all of you.

Q1 newsletter is about to be released and  in this issue, we invite you to read some upcoming events on the horizon, including several NBAA virtual events and our annual IA renewal virtual webinar event sponsored by Concorde Battery.  Check out our newest Tech articles in the Safety Wire Technical Forum on the continued series on corrosion as well as a timely subject on battery maintenance. So many aircraft have been laid-up due to reduced flying schedules in 2020 and are just now beginning to take flight.

Our featured Spotlight On article is an interview with Past President, Tim Gronberg.  It will be almost 22 years since Tim has taken the WAMA podium!  Please enjoy the interview article by our VP Dave Schiavone as he shares his visit with Tim.

From all of us at WAMA, we wish you and your extended families continued good health, safety and happiness as we begin 2021.


Jody Kerton

President, Westchester Aircraft Maintenance Association. WAMA

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