AST - Aircraft Structures Tour FL

Tournament Date

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm


AST Top Gun Florida
Out the Window
  1st Team #2 Alex Weiss/Otoniel Tamayo/Jean Delchiaro

  2nd Team #1 Josue Reina/Raymond Kaimrajh/Juan Alvarado

  3rd Team #3 Andres Lopez/Roger Mato
Clean Cut
  1st Team #3 Andres Lopez/Roger Mato

  2nd Team #2 Alex Weiss/Otoniel Tamayo/Jean Delchiaro

  3rd Team #1 Josue Reina/Raymond Kaimrajh/Juan Alvarado
Ciro Hidalgo, the Principal of George T Baker said,
“We really enjoyed the Aero Skills Tournament. The event gave our students a great opportunity to show their skills in aviation maintenance…everyone involved had a great time! The events were challenging but a lot of fun. It gave our students a chance to compete with other students and see how they “stacked” up to the completion. We definitely plan to return next year”.

Wednesday November 30, 2016 Doubletree International Airport 711 NW 77nd Ave Miami, FL Doors Open @6:00  AST Competition starts @7:00 


Aircraft Structures Competition MIAMI WINNERS – Everyone had a Riveting time!
The Aero Skills Tournament (AST) reports winners on the 3rd stop on the US Aircraft Structures Tour from last week – the TOP GUN Event in Miami Florida.
It was an excellent opportunity and real eye opener where many witnessed the first Aero Skills in Southern Florida.
Jay Logie, President of Aircraft Technologies Group, developers of the event, said, “Miami greeted us with open arms starting with George T Baker Aviation Technical College (GTB) and Broward College Aviation Institute(BCAI). Together our common goal is education, inspiring the younger generation into the world of aviation, industry support, and increasing awareness of the career opportunities within the growing and urgently needed workforce in aerospace careers. A special thanks to the faculty and staff of both institutions for making the Top Gun and Exhibition competitions a big success!!”
Competitors worked individually and in teams on three skill testing events that included grading factors that tested both the quality and accuracy of the work performed, all while racing against the clock and each other. The main title for Top Gun was about getting the work done in time to very specific standards and specifications as established and accepted by the aerospace industry.
The Exhibition Competitions for teams of 2 to 3 were improv-style tasks: the “Clean Cut” and the “Out the Window” events.  These high action events, performed on sections of an aircraft structure, required skills to quickly and cleanly cut open the aircraft skin for the “Clean Cut”. The “Out the Window” was very loud as the teams raced against the clock while removing large rivets holding windows to the fuselage skins without damaging the frames or skins. All of this gave the spectators an opportunity to experience the fast pace and unique jobs all in a short but noisy space of time.
AVIATION NETWorX would like to give a shout out to the junior technicians from George T Baker for taking on the challenge to work in front of an audience for the “Metal Bashers Tour” “TOP GUN” Tournament. Every one of these young techs are the ones who made this a great success.  
The excitement and comradery and exceptional skills and improvisational techniques demonstrated by the competitors was “that was more fun than we thought”. That was the word from many spectators in attendance.
AST Top Gun First was tied so going to the best in quality points taking the Win. First to third was: Andres Lopez, Juan Alvarado, Roger Mato
AST Out the Window was won by Team #2; Alex Weiss, Otoniel Tamayo, Jean Delchiaro
AST Clean Cut was won by Team #3; Andres Lopez / Roger Mato
All winners were from Miami, with the TOP GUN Winner advancing to the Regional Finals, location to be announced in the new year.

Hosted By

These trades’ tournaments, developed by ATG, are an amazing opportunity for raising awareness and planting seeds in potential technicians in their early years. The ASTs will create excitement, raise awareness & attract students to the aircraft college and trade schools, and renew interest in researching aero trades as a rewarding career. The industry is growing rapidly – the future is bright, however there is an issue of serious concern – the Skills Gap Crisis. Younger individuals are not being attracted to the trades in sufficient numbers to replace those techs retiring from the industry. Through open invitations to everyone including grade schools and other potential students to attend and observe the contests, these tournaments will be a catalyst to stimulate that much needed interest and lead to increased student enrollment. Our long-term strategy is to create a synergy and network across the world-wide industry through the AST program, creating other opportunities, efficiencies and reliabilities for everyone.

The tournament, for technicians, apprentices and journeypersons, will offer them an opportunity to demonstrate their skills individually and to compete against one another fabricating aircraft parts in a competition format. The event will bring together MROs, trades people, museums and other interested individuals along with representatives from colleges, trades schools as well as interested and invited public and students. Entrants will be competing on a level playing field with their own tools where the successful winner for each location will be awarded a trip to Las Vegas for the finals. There they will compete head-to-head with the winners from the eight different regions for a cash purse of $15,000.

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