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AEROSPACE MAINTENANCE COMPETITION


FIVE TO WATCH AT 2020 AMC BY STEVE STAEDLER


THE AEROSPACE MAINTENANCE COMPETITION PRESENTED BY SNAP-ON ATTRACTS THE BEST TECHNICIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. HERE’S FIVE TECHS TO KEEP AN EYE ON AS THE COMPETITION KICKS OFF APRIL 28 IN DALLAS. [EDITOR’S NOTE: AS OF PRESS TIME, MRO AMERICAS AND THE 2020 AMC HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO LATER THIS YEAR.]


Casey Lauterborn was a former diesel engine mechanic before making the jump to working on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 family of aircraft.


Elena Gonzalez got an early jump on her career, earning her A&P (airframe and powerplant) license in high school, and now is a standout technician at American Airlines. A chance encounter with a next- door neighbor who worked at Flybe helped place aviation maintenance on Jack Cornwall’s radar…and six years later he’s maintaining their fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 and Embraer E-195 aircraft. These are just three of the


hundreds of remarkable stories waiting to be told at this year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) Presented by Snap-on, April 28-30, in Dallas, Texas. The AMC provides a venue for


professional AMTs and students to come together, test their skills against each other and develop a strong sense of camaraderie over two days of friendly competition. Teams compete to see who’s best in six divisions:


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Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Space, School, Military and MRO/OEM. Each event has a 15-minute time limit; the action is exciting, fast-paced and great drama for spectators to watch. Admission to the AMC is free with


your MRO Americas convention credentials. So, if you’re in Dallas next month, check out the AMC, and follow the stories of these five technicians looking to make an impact.


VITALIY ANASTASIADI –


U.S. AIR FORCE Sometimes, people just need a little push to get going and find their way in life. And for Vitaliy Anastasiadi, that push led him into the U.S. Air Force. “I had dropped out of college and I needed a kick in the butt to get myself going somewhere,” he recalls. “I went to the Air Force recruiter and told him I wanted nothing but to turn wrenches. I eventually got a phone call telling me I have a job to be a maintainer working on the C-130 Hercules.”


Following tech school, he landed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he is still stationed today as a crew chief.


“I think one of the best feelings is


when you come to work and your expediter tells you this plane needs to go out the next morning, and by 6 a.m. you see that plane take off,” Anastasiadi said. “You and your team made that happen. It’s a really good feeling.”


Anastasiadi’s team is made of technicians all from Ramstein


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