Helicopter Industry – We Have a Problem
The bad news is that as an industry we have a serious problem with regard to retaining and recruiting maintenance professionals. The good news is that we are an industry that includes a tremendous number of individuals with problem solving expertise. This is seen daily in their job performance. Problem solvers, now is the time to come together and take a giant leap forward.
As helicopter maintenance professionals we have some problems that need to be addressed. As a matter of fact, we have had these problems for quite some time, and now is the time to start doing something about them.
The helicopter industry in the United States and around the globe has been and is facing a critical shortage of licensed helicopter maintenance professionals. These individuals are retiring or going to better paying industries faster than replacements are being found.
I am 68 years young. In those 68 years, we have gone from gasoline engine cars to electric cars, from the switchboard to the Smartphone and from reading science fiction stories about going to the moon to actually having men walk on the moon. And more than once!
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the helicopter industry where A&P/AMEs are concerned. The license curriculum has not kept pace with the new technologies in airframes, engines and avionics systems. In the U.S., the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) still have Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians listed with automobile and truck mechanics. The BLS still thinks of A&P mechanics as blue collar workers and not highly skilled professionals. As recently as June 2015, the BLS was considering removing the title of avionics technician from its occupational listing!
The respect for and recognition of the helicopter maintenance professional is not what it should be. As an industry, we need to do better. As an industry we have the expertise, experience and willpower to do better.
If you believe in what we are saying and you want to help make a difference now and for the future of our profession, join us.
If you are a thinker, a make things happen individual, join us.
If you want to regain the respect and recognition your profession deserves, join us.
The International Association of Helicopter Maintenance Professionals (IAHMP) needs you to help reshape our industry.
Our Mission Statement – To provide helicopter maintenance professionals with a global self-sustaining association committed to promoting and advancing the Airframe & Powerplant/Aircraft Maintenance Engineer helicopter maintenance community at the individual level. Be the membership’s advocate and voice to the regulatory communities, helicopter industries and other related associations worldwide.
Our Vision Statement – Promote the future of the helicopter maintenance professional as a career.
Promote safety and professionalism according to the applicable regulatory rules in effect.
Work with the global regulatory community to:
Create more uniform training/qualifications for obtaining an Airframe & Power Plant/Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license that is universally recognized across multiple geographic borders.
Provide a forum for the exchange of thoughts and information between members.
Work with the helicopter industry to create more Airframe & Powerplant/Aircraft Maintenance Engineer apprentice programs.
Support continuing education and work to provide educational opportunities for the association’s membership.
Please join us and become a problem solver. Together we will start on the road that takes a giant leap forward.
This will not happen overnight, but with your help and support, it will happen.
For corporate members to consider “what’s in it for me”, IAHMP offers the following:
- Displaying your company’s support for all helicopter maintenance professionals on a global scale.
- Marketing opportunities and brand recognition.
- Regional Seminars – Interact one on one with the attendees.
- Have a table setup for displaying your latest products.
- Advertising discounts for the IAHMP website and quarterly magazine.
- Individual direct mailing lists (for those members that opt to receive direct information from corporate sponsors).
- Press Releases – IAHMP will post your press releases on our website free of charge.
We hope that you agree with what we are saying and what we stand for. Please provide your support in helping our industry help ourselves.
Your Profession – Our Passion.
R. Fred Polak