Media Release – 28 September 2018
Aircraft Technologies Group (ATG) – Aero Skills Tournaments
Aero Skills NE Regional Finals at the Ontario Science Centre
On Saturday, September 22nd, a first-time ATG Aero Skills event for the Toronto area was held at the Ontario Science Centre where the competition was a huge success and a very entertaining one. The four Aircraft Senior Level Journeyperson technicians from the area squared off for the $6,000 purse and an all expense paid trip to the Can-Am Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. The Aero Skills tournaments are now into the second year of competition across the U.S. and Canada.
There has never been so much playful banter between the technicians as they ribbed each other in comedic attempts to throw each other off their game. “I felt like I was back on the hangar floor. I think we need to give these guys microphones, so the audience can hear them, like a great comedy skit.” chuckled Jay Logie, ATG Founder and developer of the event. Jay added, “A great big thank you to all those competitors that truly made the event something special”.
We would also like to thank the Ontario Science Center, as it was a great backdrop and a fabulous venue for this first Toronto event. The staff there were terrific and with the trial event a success, there was much interest to work towards next year’s event and the opportunity to share with the public at large. Thank you to the good people at the Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute (CASI) for the work they did in helping to promote the event.
The Top Gun for the fabrication and build round went to Allan Peckford Second to Ryan Geddes Third to Tahir Khan. The Overall Exhibition Award, for best total of four events, went to Allan Peckford Second to Tahir Khan third to Ryan Geddes
Over forty schools have competed over the past couple of years with many more schools and facilities providing feedback. Where the Local events at the trade schools and the Regional events across the country are set to an audience engaging competition with Individual Top Gun and Team Exhibition competitions, the National format is based ONLY upon the Top Gun Fab and Build project. This Championship had four time-based and quality rounds; fabrication, build (riveting parts together), disassembly (removing the rivets) and reassembly of the same parts. Special thanks to each competitor, school and industry partner as they truly are the ones who have been instrumental in bringing the whole idea to life!
AERO SKILLS is a competition based on industry processes and best practices, set in an audience environment so that students and the community at large have an opportunity to see technicians demonstrating their skills, hear about the numerous career options the aerospace industry has to offer and to tour an aviation facility or school to see first-hand what a career in aviation is all about. For competitors it’s not only competing with likeminded people, but it also quickly opens the door to the many employment opportunities that exist in the aerospace industry today.
ATG’s Aviation NETWorX platform features a new autonomous, heuristic work force development program and CertTEC is a performance-based testing platform. Both are the industry sponsors for the Aero Skills Tour, and they would like to give a shout out to technicians who are taking on the challenge across the country. “Every one of these young techs (and of course the senior techs) made these events great and proved that it’s a fun and unique experience for all, guaranteed.” said a sponsor spokesperson.
ATG Aircraft Technologies Group specializes in providing work force support to the heavy maintenance industries and manufacturing through highly skilled technicians and teams, streamlining service, standardizing and targeting, and through fixed price programs.
For more about what ATG, NETWorX workforce development programs please visit: www.myATG.aero and to learn more about the Aero Skills Tournament please visit: www.myATG.aero/schools/tournaments
David Rowe David@myATG.aero
Jay Logie Jay@myATG.aero
ATG and AST Office; 250-766-0734 / 888-832-6284