JOE ESCOBAR 920.747.0195

Don’t worry — I’m not here to discuss the crazy shortage of toilet paper we are experiencing at the moment. OK, maybe one short comment to lighten the mood — don’t people realize COVID-19 is spread through aerosolized droplets coming into contact with your eyes, nose or mouth (either through direct exposure to a cough or sneeze or by cross- contaminated hands which touched a contaminated surface) — NOT from contact with your hind end! “What got you thinking of toilet paper for your editorial column?” you might ask. Well, Mike Broderick wrote an article “Are You Ever Going to Retire?” for the April/May issue of our sister publication Helicopter Maintenance magazine. In it, he mentions, “…time and life unfold like a roll of toilet paper — the closer to the end you get, the faster it goes.” It’s a funny and true analogy of time as it relates to age. I would add that regarding recent

events, the news cycle is like a roll of toilet paper going light speed. Putting this issue together was definitely a challenge. As we got close to our print date, trade shows and events were being postponed or cancelled left and right. The AEA conference was postponed, then later cancelled. Sun ‘n Fun was postponed. EBACE was cancelled. The NBAA Maintenance Conference was cancelled. MRO Americas decided to postpone its event to late August or early September. Likewise, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC), which was to take place in conjunction with MRO Americas was postponed.

We already had the cover story

ready to go when the announcement to cancel MRO Americas was made. I made the decision to go ahead with the story for this issue, as it gives a peek at a few of the maintenance professionals who will be competing at the AMC when it is rescheduled (unless the show ends up being cancelled by the time this issue arrives in your mailbox). In this issue, contributing writer

John Pawlicki decided to discuss the COVID-19 situation and how it is affecting aviation. He held out until the last possible minute to submit the article to us, wanting to have the latest available information. As we are going to press, much has changed in the week or so since the article was submitted, and I’m sure much will change by the time you read this issue. I’m sure the upcoming months will be a challenge for aircraft maintenance facilities around the world. I’ve heard that nitrile gloves are becoming difficult if not impossible to obtain. I imagine dust masks and respirator cartridges are also in short supply. As companies struggle to maintain work while employees are self-quarantining or staying home sick, they also need to find solutions to keep those employees that are coming in working safely. Although we are experiencing challenging times, this will pass. Hopefully this situation won’t drag on too long, and we can then get back to business as usual. Stay safe out there! Thanks for reading. – Joe

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