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AUG-SEP 2018

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34 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Randall Arnold, 30, Line Maintenance Supervisor, Airborne Maintenance and Engineering, Erlanger, KY In February 2014 Randall Arnold started working as an unlicensed mechanic at Airborne Maintenance and Engineering (AMES). In June 2016 he tested for his A&P license. “I did not attend college for my license I got it all through on-the-job training.” He was one of the first participants in the Airborne Line Maintenance Utility Tech/A&P Advancement Program giving unlicensed individuals with mechanical aptitudes the ability to become a utility technician through mentoring and on-the-job training. In January 2017, he began as a flight mechanic for Airborne Maintenance and Engineering, working outstation coverage, general flight mechanic roles, and AOG work throughout the country. In January of 2018 he was promoted to line maintenance supervisor in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, focusing on ATI/Amazon aircraft. Now he oversees a crew of approximately 13 working heavy line maintenance on the DHL and Amazon fleets. Nominated by Jim Savastano, AMES General Manager: “Randall continually improved his knowledge and was always willing to jump into new training opportunities so he could perfect his skills. Over the course of three years he logged the hours needed to receive FAA signatures to enable him to take his A&P examinations. Randall is very humble about his promotions and the opportunities he has experienced since joining the team in 2014. This may be due to the work ethic that he learned from his Grandpa on the farm which is what has endeared him to his crew. Randall was provided the opportunity to start his career but his dedication, hard work, and willingness to learn are what has made him successful and led to his promotions at the CVG Line Maintenance Station. He sets the example for what can grow from a company investment in programs that provide skill training, mentoring, and long-term on-the-job training. Arnold supports the industry by “helping new mechanics either fresh out of school or in the utility tech programs, with learning these aircraft and teaching them the things they need to know to help achieve their goals, whether it’s being a flight mechanic or getting their license. I encourage people to ask questions and get involved. “I constantly strive to better those around me. It is all about the team and not individuals. I want to continue to move up in aviation and hopefully one day be in charge of an entire station or multiple stations. Continued knowledge helps not just yourself but those around you, while also helping to provide a safer work area.” Peter Morelli, 37, Production Manager, Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services, Tampa, FL After graduation from high school Peter Morelli had a strong desire to serve his country in the Navy. He researched options and decided on aviation. Besides the Navy, he also trained at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology where he obtained his A&P license. His aviation career began in the U.S. Navy in 2001 as aviation mechanic/crew chief on C2-A Greyhound aircraft. He was responsible for maintenance of the aircraft along with in-flight troubleshooting when required. He served as a crew chief in both Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. After being discharged and receiving his associate’s degree, Morelli wanted to explore the civilian side of aviation. Upon accepting a position as a mechanic at PEMCO World Air Services in Tampa, his assignment fell under John Wing’s supervision, who became his mentor. Currently, he is production manager at Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services. He is responsible for assigning manpower, managing budgets, and ensuring the maintenance flow is followed in accordance with all policies and procedures to ensure a reliable and on-time departure. Nominated by John Wing, Director of MRO Maintenance, Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services: “As the production manager for the Frontier Program, he embraces the opportunity to drive the company’s operating principles of providing unsurpassed customer service but he takes that to the next level and delivers it to his entire team. Peter helps support our Rapid Improvement Events (RIE) which is a cross-functional group addressing inefficiencies that are barriers to completing tasks. He has a passion to lead his teams to exceed the customer’s expectations because he knows that it will result in opportunities for our entire operation. Those opportunities allow his team to grow and flourish as they are promoted throughout our organization. Peter has invested countless hours in developing each individual to make a stronger unit. This has led to countless promotions throughout his group.” Morelli believes that the best way to give back to the industry is to help train and mentor junior mechanics. “One of the most rewarding parts of my current position is the ability to take a junior mechanic and build them up to a lead mechanic or supervisor.” He would like to further his education and attain his bachelor’s degree. “My goals also include continuing to climb in the industry toward a director or vice president position.”

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