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PAMA board of directors is pleased to announce new website
The PAMA board of directors is pleased to announce our new website — PAMA.org — is slated to go live in about a week.
The project was done in coordination with Annette van Ommeren of Anna Graphics Inc. of Upper Westchester, New York. Annette is the senior principal of a turnkey software firm establishing association interactive websites and setting operational tools specifically for association management. Annette has been great to work with and we are confident the new PAMA website will be an easy to use, aesthetically pleasing resource for our members.
As in all matters concerning the reorganization of PAMA, the board is making every effort to implement non-profit organization best practices to assure the long term viability of the organization. As with anything worthwhile, it takes a little more time to do it right. As we strive to make this reorganization as smooth a transition as possible please stand by us a bit longer.
A critical component of making PAMA a meaningful and member-centered organization is input from the membership itself. The board of directors thanks those that have volunteered to help and continues to actively seek industry managers to join the PAMA leadership team and administrative staff. We are an all-volunteer organization and our success will be built upon the foundation of membership stepping up and agreeing to help. We ask that you consider donating some of your time and expertise. Investing the time now ensures PAMA will build a strong foundation that will support the organization for the next 50 years.
To all, thank you, please continue to bear with us, volunteer to help and as soon as the system is in place we'll let you know.
Roger Sickler — PAMA National Chairman
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Minnesota college's aviation maintenance program cleared for takeoff
Duluth News Tribune via Aviation Pros
Minnesota's Lake Superior College begins a new aviation program this fall.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently signed off on the Aviation Maintenance Technician program that has been in the works for years. The college expects more than 20 students will enroll this year for the 103-credit lab-intensive training for airframe and power plant maintenance.
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Boeing delivers 1st US Army multiyear II configured Chinook
Boeing Company via Aviation Pros
Boeing delivered the first multiyear II configured CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army one month ahead of schedule.
The delivery was celebrated in a ceremony at the production facility in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania.
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Rep. Graves pushes FAA on nextgen avionics loans
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Blackhawk modifications announces engine upgrade milestones
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Ohio group restoring 1929 Ford Tri-Motor of Island Airlines
Newark Advocate (Subscription required)
A northern Ohio group restoring a Ford Tri-Motor plane to flying condition hopes it will help future generations appreciate the aircraft's role in developing the Lake Erie Islands region and commercial aviation.
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