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President's Letter-September 2021

Greetings WAMA members, corporate members, friends and supporters!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope everybody enjoyed their summer and managed to stay safe and healthy.  Speaking of healthy, we are certainly seeing a healthy comeback of flying activity since the year began.  While many major aircraft manufacturers have been working on and announcing their next large cabin and long-range models, the industry is still plagued with a shortage of aircraft to service the growing number of BizAv travelers.  This is mostly due to health concerns while traveling commercially during the pandemic.  Some industry experts say the rapid creation of wealth on some fronts has also played a major role in the plane shortage.  Private travel cannot keep up with the demand and travelers face both cancellations and delays because of it.  Some would say this is a good problem to have, however shortages and logistic issues of parts due to the pandemic, has caused aircraft to stay on the ground.  I hope that we will see things even out and improve as time goes on.

Our WAMA Board of Directors has been busy meeting every other week discussing our next big initiative in support of workforce development.  We have been advocates of this sector of the industry and continue to look for ways to bring together those that represent the business end of aviation with those that provide workforce education. This effort is to create a working alliance between educators, the students and the working world.  Providing the necessary skills to graduates allows them to be more prepared and better matched to the needs of the industry.

We will be seeking members to join an educational advisory roundtable.  The advisory group will consist of educators, students and aviation related companies.  The educators will be selected from various aviation schools including technical and higher education facilities.  The students will be comprised of past, present and/or recent graduates.  Additionally, employers or training officers from several aviation companies, flight departments and service centers will be included.  Members of this roundtable will serve by participating in ongoing discussions and dialogue to enhance and effect any changes needed on the educational side. The goal is to provide a better equipped, more prepared workforce to match the needs of the industry by adjusting the educational curriculum and to provide a better path by which industry technological changes can be provided to the schools.  In the end, company employers will see a more ready-to-work workforce in the years ahead.

If you are interested in joining our roundtable, either as an educator representing an aviation school, student, recent graduate or a representative of an aviation related company, please contact either one of the Educational Roundtable Chairs:

Jennifer Kempsey: jakempsey@avmats.com
Alison Litz: alitz@jetsupport.com

Hope to see you all soon!

Regards,

Jody Kerton

President, Westchester Aircraft Maintenance Association. WAMA






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