A Hot, Hot Day of Competition at the VAC Warbird Museum in Titusville, FL

Submitted by Chase Snoek Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:10

It was another fun and successful Aero Skills Tournament, and the second time the event has been held at the Valiant Air Command (VAC) Warbird Museum.

It was a hot day, heated in more ways than one! Heat waves coming off the benches, and the tarmac, metal flying, sweat flying, amid a whole lot of smiles and laughter! Aircraft technician competitors from Eastern Florida Sate College and Broward College Aviation Institute, game faces were on. There was a lot of camaraderie and a little psychological strategy with one of the senior technicians wearing down his competitor by using a couple of short delays to frustrate them before getting the Senior rounds started. This was an excellent event with all the like-minded Techs and future Techs showcasing their skills, learning from each other, and showing lots of support for one another; Juniors and Seniors alike.

Directly in front of the first Production Supersonic Warbird the F-100, “guns and pistols” were blazing! …. riveting guns and pistol drills that is! Noise levels were at a record high between the air tools, the cheers from the crowd, and the competitors themselves.

There was a lot on the line and the question was, “who’s going to be the SE Regions “Top Gun” and earn the bigger chunk of the cash along with the trip to the Nationals in Tucson, AZ!” The suspense built all day! As did the heat!

As the gruelling day of competition came to an end the “Top Guns” were rewarded. However, in reality, everyone was a winner; this was a great way for all who competed to hone their skills, have some fun, but more importantly, to come away having gained a great career experience!

We would like to send a special thank you to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. This is a beautiful facility, the people there are truly amazing, always lending a helping hand and support for anything we needed. Thank you to our Inspectors Bob Philippi and Steve Kane, and our VAC host, Virginia who we thank for all her much-appreciated help. You were wonderful; not to mention getting the pizza orders right!

Senior Class Structures:

1st Dave Burridge

2nd George Hayes

Junior Class Structures:

1st Carlos Gomez

2nd Tamoor Chughtai

3rd Tajache Edwards

Over Exhibition Teams:

1st Dave Burridge / Cody Bennet / Tajache Edwards

2nd Carlos Gomez / Tamoor Chughtai / Amal Khan

3rd George Hayes / Christopher Watson / Yichun Wei

Until next year Florida, we here at Aircraft Technologies Group and Aero Skills would like to Thank You for your hospitality.

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