Meet The 2018
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Like Father, Like Son
Eight-year-old sells flap carriages to help dad
Tony and Rosanne Guarcello
Fifty years of marriage and aviation
Puts you in the right room with the right people
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Hey there 145 Readers, Those of you in attendance at the MRO Americas, I hope you’re all enjoying the show, and for those of you reading the digital version I hope things are going well for you. 2018 marks the third year of our printed MRO Americas issue, which is currently the only print copy of the magazine that we do each year. However, we’re pleased to announce that that’s all about to change. Due to the increased popularity of the magazine we’ve decided to add an additional print copy that will be distributed at the ACPC – Air Carriers Purchasing Conference in Orlando, Florida in August of this year. I know what some of you are thinking, you want your company to be on the cover of the August issue. So does everyone else, so contact us as soon as possible to lock down the feature article in the only other print copy of the magazine this year. As always, we’ve got some great content for you. There’s an article titled: “Like Father, Like Son” that is an especially good read. Some here at 145 Magazine think it’s one of the best articles we’ve ever published, so be sure to take a look at it. There’s also a great article about two young men and two young wom-en who are caught in the crosshairs of the whole DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) debate. If you’re not a supporter of DACA this article just might change your mind. I don’t want to eat up all your time with further article introductions, so feel free to kick back and enjoy the April issue of the magazine. Sincerely, Editor-in-chief,
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Like Father, Like Son
Eight-year-old sells flap carriages to help dad
Tony and Rosanne Guarcello
Fifty years of marriage and aviation
Puts you in the right room with the right people
Name that Airport
Which Airport: - Contains one 12,000-foot-long (3658 m) runway? - Receives several arrivals per week of ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules aircraft? - Supports mostly scientific experimentation and research? Answer: Jack F. Paulus Skiway
Located adjacent to the South Pole, the Jack F. Paulus Skiway is the only “airport” supporting the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, located at an altitude of 9300 feet (2835 m). In the late 1950s, a structure was built at the South Pole to assist in research, however this structure was buried by the snow accumulation over the years and has since been abandoned. Slowly, over time, other structures were built to protect researchers from the temperature extremes which can drop as low as −117 °F (−82.8 °C). The Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station structure was started in 1992 and completed in 2008. The Jack F. Paulus Skiway was vital to the success of this structure. To build the station, structural pieces for the new station were broken down into modular pieces and reassembled on-site. Between October and February, there are several flights per day of ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules aircraft from McMurdo (Ross Ice Shelf) to supply the station. One of the interesting aspects of this airport is the lack of “time” with which we are familiar. The sun is “up” for 6 straight months and then “sets” for 6 months. The sunrise takes place at the Vernal Equinox on September 22nd and sets at the Autumnal Equinox on March 20th. The station uses New Zealand time (UTC+12) since all flights to McMurdo station depart from Christchurch, New Zealand. However, without the Skiway’s presence, the South Pole would essentially remain a mystery and one of the world’s last unexplored frontiers.
PROFILE Get to know
Vice Pre s id ent of Tu rbi n e A e r o
Mike Harris, former General Manager at Chromalloy Gas Turbineâ€™s Eastern US Region, joined TurbineAero in January of this year. Mike is the Vice President and General Manager for the TurbineAero Engines Technics (TET) business unit. TET is the component and coatings division of TurbineAero, offering best in class repair and coating services to APU and gas turbine engine derivative customers across the world.
VP Profile How did you get started in aviation?
What’s one of your most embarrassing moments?
Quite accidentally actually. As a very young adult, I moved to Southern California to take a shot at making it in the music business. I took some jobs during the day to pay the bills and along the way found out I had developed into a pretty good mechanical inspector. Eventually the former Hughes Helicopters took me on as a supplier quality representative and that was it. Seeing the miracle of flight every day and being around the brilliant people in our industry who made that happen hooked me. I’ve spent a little time outside of the industry in my career but I’ve never felt the attachment that I feel to the aviation industry.
What makes TurbineAero different? There are two exciting aspects of TurbineAero that differentiates us. The first, is the unique value proposition we offer the APU marketplace. Our vertically integrated offering and our global reach, allow us to be agile, creative, and cost effective. The second, is our people and culture. The energy is palpable! Our employees are proud to produce the highest quality product and services in the industry and it shows in our responsiveness.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Without a doubt it’s working with the best talent in the industry. Whether it’s in APU maintenance, component repair, supply chain and trading, our employees are exceptional. Many of us have worked for larger companies, and we came away from those experiences with great best practices but an abhorrence for the bureaucracy that sometimes comes from large organizations. It’s exciting when you can do great things for your customers, employers and shareholders when speed and responsiveness are two of your core values.
Favorite hobby or passions outside of work? I play as much golf as I can….and I play it badly. That said, my friends understand and don’t make fun of my swing. I’m also an avid hiker and with the diversity of outdoor areas in Arizona, the adventures are endless.
I’ve had several that were right up there. Many of them involved a failure to operate the mute button on my phone correctly. At the top of the list came a moment from early in my career. It had to do with booking a plane ticket to see a supplier who was located in Jackson, MI. After getting off the plane, renting a car, and driving around Jackson, Mississippi for several hours I finally called the supplier to admit I was lost. Of course I was in the wrong state….pretty embarrassing
What’s the best advice someone has ever given you? “Focus on quality in everything you do and everything else takes care of itself ”. I was given that counsel as a young quality professional and it has demonstrated itself time and time again in my career; as a quality professional, a lean practitioner, and for the last several years as a General Manager. The themes are endless, but I’ve experienced the impact of quality on execution, financial performance, employee satisfaction, and of course, customer satisfaction.
Number of countries you’ve visited? I’ve been to 21 countries in North America, SE Asia, China, Europe, and the Middle East. Almost all of my travel has been business related and I find my experience doing business in different cultures incredibly valuable and fulfilling.
Worst job you’ve ever had? As a teenager, washing dishes in a restaurant was probably the dirtiest job I’ve ever had. My parents could not have enjoyed the way I smelled walking in the door at night. That said, management’s interest in helping me develop made it enjoyable. For me, the difference between a great assignment and a frustrating assignment has little to do with the assignment itself. It has always revolved around the quality of leadership around me. As a leader myself, I try my best to demonstrate that it’s my job to build my employees’ resumes. If I’ve done that the right way, even the toughest assignments bring satisfaction. I’ve experienced it done the wrong way and those experiences tend to fall into worst job category.
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Bet you didn’t know
50/50 50 years they’ve been married and 50 years they’ve been working in the aviation industry. Meet Tony and Rosanne Guarcello!
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n a time when marriage rates are down, divorce rates are up, and switching jobs and industries is commonplace, there’s a lot that can be learned from two grounded, seasoned veterans. Not only have Tony and Rosanne Guarcello been working in the aviation industry for 50 years, but they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Let’s look into this dynamic duo and find out how they’ve managed to handle work and family for half a century. Tony and Rosanne met when they were 5 years old in Ossining, NY, just up the Hudson River from New York City. However, it wasn’t until they were 16 or 17 years old that they got together, eventually getting married on September 12, 1967 in Fairfield, California. Tony says, “I am a man of simple things. The proposal went something like this – ‘Do you want to get married?’ She said, ‘Yes’ and we were off to California to be married by the Justice of the Peace.” It wasn’t until 25 years later that they renewed their vows in a church with all their family present before heading off to the Bahamas for a long overdue honeymoon.
Spending 50 years in an industry can imbue someone with valuable knowledge and wisdom. With times changing as fast as they are, it’s inspiring (and a little humorous) to look back at the way the aviation industry used to function. In reminiscing about the old days, Tony said, “We didn’t have email, but we had teletype messaging and thermal fax machines. Manuals were typed and were drug out every time you had to do something and if you needed a copy of a manual you stood in front of a copier that copied one page per minute.” He continued, “Operating an aviation company was mostly all manual. Before we purchased our first computer we used 5X7 cards to record the pricing, sales, and cost for each part, spreadsheets were 3 feet long, all hand written, and NO Spellcheck. Deals were done for the most part with a handshake and your word.”
The first few years of marriage were difficult financially, as Tony was in the U.S. Air Force. Regarding this period of their life, Tony commented, “It was hard to make ends meet but with a lot of hard work, long hours, and lots of hopes and dreams we did it. Rosanne and I have worked as a team from Day One.” Not one to shy away from action, Roseanne has been involved in all facets of the aviation industry, whether it involved sales, operational management, or getting her hands dirty working with a wrench.
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Bet you didn’t know In commenting on the industry, Tony stated, “Airlines liked to work with small companies because there was a personal touch and face-to-face meetings with buyers were common . . . Your word, honesty, and integrity were the keys to success, along with good business sense.” One of the disadvantages of working in an industry for half a century are the friends and acquaintances that are lost along the way. Two people who helped make Tony who he is today were Bob Charles and Louie Steinberg. Tony said, “Not only could Bob design and build aircraft interiors, but he was always good for a joke or a one-liner to liven the mood. Louie could take anything and sell it and make you feel like you bought the Hope Diamond. Nobody was better at negotiations and he was a great friend and mentor to us.”
“Back in the day deals were done, for the most part, with a handshake and your word.”
It’s impossible to roll up your sleeves and be waist deep in an industry without being aware of the improvements that have occurred along the way. When asked about what progress he’s seen, Tony smiled and said, “OK, loaded question. Just about everything has improved. Just look at the instrument panel of a Boeing 707 or DC8 then look at the 787-9. It’s like Star Trek of 1965 versus Star Wars in 2018. Aircraft and parts are lighter and stronger. In the early 1960s, phones on an aircraft were non-existent for the average passenger. Today, everyone has a cell phone. Maintenance problems in flight were tele-typed to the base. Today a computer records and send automatically the required maintenance to the next station with how to fix it. Updates can be obtained in seconds. Now you can talk to a customer in Japan face-to-face with Skype. Meetings can take place over the internet with people all over the world. In the old days you would send a prospective inventory buyer a 1,000page long printout by mail. Now you can just email the file.” Along with changes to the materials and improvements in technology, the average worker has changed over time. “The people today” Tony commented, “are better educated than they were 40 or 50 years ago. Back then most of us were trained on the job. Today, while the training is still done, it is mostly done after you have your license. Now days you really must know your stuff to be around aircraft. There are no mechanics or “maintainers”, there are just highly trained technicians.” Tony and Roseanne Guarcello are wonderful examples of being consistent yet flexible in work and family life. Through the years they have stood as a unified example of hard work and we are grateful for the opportunity to highlight their successes as they celebrate 50 years in the industry and 50 years of marriage.
People in Aviation
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON “
Aviation is a drug - the relentless pursuit for work, the rush to meet deadlines, and keeping the customers happy. My father will tell you that it’s his passion. We live for the next job, the next project, keeping the planes in the skies, etc. My passion? I’ve learned that unfortunately life is fragile and far more complex than we understand – if I can help my father achieve his dream, I will have succeeded in this life.
People in Aviation
s children, we’re told to seek out a path that we love and that we’re passionate about doing. Many people grow up with the aspirations of being a doctor, lawyer, fireman, etc. My life story couldn’t have been farther from the norm, I didn’t choose to be in aviation…aviation chose me. To understand the path by which NAS came about, some backstory is needed.
My father, son of Cuban parents who fled the island because of religious persecution, was a second-generation aviation mechanic. He graduated from George T. Baker Aviation School and then headed off to Eastern Airlines as a line maintenance mechanic. Unfortunately, his dream job was short lived due to the airlines’ bankruptcy. In time he would land on his feet working as a mechanic at several 145 shops in Miami. Then came health obstacles. My mother was diagnosed with cancer and with no means to finance treatments, my father sought for an alternative way to financially support my mom’s treatments. I remember while growing up that my father would have up to six jobs between his main 8 to 5, part time jobs, and consulting gigs. We practically needed to have an agenda to know where to find him at any given time of the day. Eventually an opportunity arose where a group of gentlemen offered him the chance to form part of a team that would go on to open their very own repair station. At this time, I was at the tender age of seven and it was my first exposure to the industry. My choice was simple: support mom during her hospital visits or be with my dad. I remember shadowing my dad at each one of his many gigs. My job was to type up each of his manuals in order to submit for the opening of his first repair station. Without even knowing it, I was being exposed to the beloved FAR’s. I always felt an obligation to give my dad the help he needed because I knew deep down he was giving everything he could to make sure my mother would see the light of another day.
Pictured: Angel at eight years old
After a couple of months and a series of walk throughs, my dad had his very first repair station. All I could think about was my next assignment. My next step was purchasing and sales. At a time where ILS was fresh out in the market, I would handle practically all purchasing and sales calls for the company. Imagine, a pre-pubescent eight-year-old by the name of Angel, it was common to be mistaken for a woman. I would spend my summers and after school hours just trying to help my dad. I will never forget my first big sale, 727 flap carriages. I worked my tail off to get those things sold, the problem you may ask? The gentlemen at Gateway Aerospace wanted to meet me. A true dilemma. How could I possibly show my face as a child? I remember the drive over to deliver the material. My father got out of the car, shook hands, and proceeded to explain that he wasn’t Angel. When I got out of the car the man was in pure shock, he said “You’re telling me an eight-year-old sold me these carriages? If I had known, I could’ve maybe hustled him” to which my father responded “I highly doubt it.”
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Like most ventures, the first is the biggest challenge. In short time the honeymoon phase between that first ownership group faded away. Direction of the company was unclear and led to a great deal of discord. By that time my mother had passed away, my father was left to raise two teenagers alone. Seeking full control to determine his outcome, he parted ways and sought to open his own company. At first, the repair station was a tiny 5,000 ft2 facility in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Miami; Opa-Locka - Kansas Aerospace. In an industry full of big names and established players, to find customers to take a gamble on a small shop was definitely a tall order. Iâ€™ll never forget our very first audit and our first major dilemma: we were a two-person company and one of the two people was a teenager trying to provide support to a multi-million dollar broker. My father literally spoke with a neighboring furniture manufacturer to lend us a couple of their employees for the day, in order to make our operation look more reputable in the eyes of our soon-to-be first clients. Imagine the scene - carpenters pretending to be aviation mechanics all for the sake of selling the image that our shop could provide the service they needed. The best part was - it worked.
One day he called me to his office and told me that I needed to do more, perplexed, I sat there thinking what more could I do than run our marketing and sales. This is when he told me that he needed me to run Kansas Instruments. At the time I was 18 years old and fresh out of high school. How could I run a company? Immediately the doubt surfaced, even though we had a small group of employees, the question remained - Would they respect a kid? That day my father taught me a valuable lesson: respect is earned, not given. And, as if that was not a large enough hurdle to clear, would the FAA even allow it? At that point in time my father told me I had a meeting with the PMI the next day to go over my knowledge of the FARâ€™s and determine my capacity/ability to hold the position of Accountable Manager of a 145 repair station. Just like that, I was eighteen and running a shop.
In time our tag was getting to the right places and everything seemed to fall in place. Eventually the company was moved from Opa-Locka to our current location, and what locals know as the city of progress: Hialeah. Always with an eye on the next project, my father purchased a repair station in Derby, Kansas - Kansas Instrument Sales & Service, Inc. The idea was to bring this repair station to Miami and develop electrical and galley equipment repairs. Little did I know, I would play a major role in this move my father planned out.
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Throughout the course of the years, and one huge rebranding effort later, NAS Component Maintenance was born. Instead of trying to develop two separate repair stations and all that it entails, we decided to strive together for one common goal. Our shop would provide a one-stop-shop service for our clients. Over the course of time our capabilities have expanded: structures, hydraulics, pneumatics, emergency equipment, electrical accessories, and fuel. What was once a shop with three employees, today NAS boasts over fifty employees servicing airlines and vendors from across the world.
“As they say in aviation, the sky is the limit.” Our approach has been simple - What does the customer need? The flexibility to develop capabilities and tailor them to customer requirements is our signature. No project has ever intimidated us. The brilliance behind a father and son partnership is the fact that we see eye-to-eye on our common goal.
From being one of the select few shops in the country that has an in-house radome transmissivity test facility to repairing an engine harness, no project is too big or too small. Our portfolio is big enough that we are not over reliant on one capability and at the end of the day the customer is the one benefitting most from our business model. The future for NAS is bright. Our team keeps growing and our outreach every year gets further. The acquisition of the old Amtec Accessories fuel shop and retrofitting the equipment to service CFM56 and V2500 is a big part of our future plans. The addition of cockpit window, landing gear, and battery repair departments is indicative that as a repair station we are not satisfied with the status quo. Our vision is to continue to expand and pursue every possible venture. As they say in aviation, the sky is the limit. Aviation is a drug - the relentless pursuit for work, the rush to meet deadlines, and keeping the customers happy. My father will tell you that it’s his passion. We live for the next job, the next project, keeping the planes in the skies, etc. My passion? I’ve learned that unfortunately life is fragile and far more complex than we understand – if I can help my father achieve his dream, I will have succeeded in this life.
Aviation Trivia Jimmy Viner and Capt. Jackson E. Beighle are listed in the annals of history for accomplishing what incredible feat? A. The first flight from Asia to Australia B. The first men to carry out a helicopter hoist rescue. C. They flew the first helicopter mission of WWII D. First men to fly across the United States Answer: B November 28, 1945 started out as any normal day in Bridgeport Harbor, Connecticut. That afternoon, a Texaco barge broke free from an oil tanker and smashed onto a reef near the neighboring town of Fairfield. That night the tide rose, and the waves beat on the barge, ripping away the deck and structure. Two men were stranded on the barge, and despite efforts to send up flares, questioned whether rescue was ever going to come. The following day, it became obvious that something had to be done or the bargeâ€™s two occupants would be doomed. Pilot Jimmy Viner grabbed his friend Jackson Beighle and they flew out to assess the situation. After determining the situation was dire, they headed back to the Sikorsky plant and borrowed an R-5 helicopter attached with an experimental hydraulic hoist for lifting payloads. Viner and Beighle headed back out with a makeshift harness along with a note providing instructions for the men on the barge. The rescue, of course, did not go flawless. The first man was hoisted up just fine, but the hoist jammed on the second man and he had to be flown back to shore, dangling 30 feet from the helicopter, while being sandblasted by the beach sand. However, both men were saved, and the first helicopter hoist rescue was in the books.
Top Shop Award Winnners
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t’s hard to believe, but this year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Top Shop Awards! For the past ten years we’ve watched as the popularity of the awards, and the number of nominations, has continued to grow incrementally but this year saw the biggest jump in nominations ever recorded. Over 3100 nominations were submitted from more than 120 companies and in the end 720 votes were cast to select the winners of each category. We made a few changes to the winner selection process this year. Typically we send the Finalists List to 40 airlines and suppliers that are responsible for choosing the winners, instead we allowed any and all airlines and suppliers that wanted to participate to select the winners from the Finalists List. The result was an avalanche of votes which helped
to make the awards more meaningful than ever. We also added a new repair category for In-Flight Entertainment Systems, which was won by Mekco Group. The purpose of the Top Shop Awards is to recognize repair centers that provide superior customer support, excellent turn-around- times and competitive repair pricing. Only twenty-two repair centers, out of over 500, will be selected to receive this award. All winners of the Top Shop Awards are nominated, and ultimately selected, by their peers in the aviation industry. We want to thank all those who helped make the awards especially memorable this year by participating in the voting process, it couldn’t have happened without you, and congratulations to this year’s winners!
Top Shop Award Winnners
Best Accessories Class I, II, and III Repair PHS/MWA Aviation Services
BestGalley Components Repair Camtronics
Best Airframe and Aerostructures Repair Air Transport Components
Best Gyros Repair A.I.R.S.
Best APU Repir Best Landing Gear Repair Dublin Aerospace
Best Heat Transfer Repair American Cooler Service
Best Avionics and Instruments Repair Aero Instruments and Avionics
Best Hydraulics Repair Silver Wings
Best Electro-Mechanical Repair Aero Accessories
Best In-Flight Entertainment Systems Repair Mekco Group Best Interiors Repair Best Pneumatics Repair 1st Choice Aerospace
Best Engine Accessories Repair StandardAero Best Engine Components Repair Lufthansa Technik EPAR
Best Lavatory / Sanitation Components Repair Soundair
Best Engine Overhaul Repair MTU
Best OEM Repair Honeywell Phoenix
Best Fuel Systems and Fuel Accessories Repair Safe Fuel Systems
Best Safety Equipment Repair HRD Aero Systems
Best Total Solutions Provider Delta TechOps
Best Wheel and Brake Repair Dallas Centerline
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Aviation’s “Dreamers” caught in the cross hairs of the DACA debate Ivan. The Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was a legislation proposal in 2001 that allowed qualifying students a proposed road to residency but was never approved. In 2012, The Obama Administration established DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which allowed students to receive a twoyear renewable worker’s permit and deferred the possibility of deportation. Today, DACA recipients are frequently referred to as “Dreamers”. Nearly two million immigrants qualify for the DACA program but only about 800,000 have registered due to misinformation about the program being circulated in their communities. It is important to understand that DACA offers individuals the opportunity to not be held responsible for entering the country illegally just because they were brought here as minors. If an individual has, no criminal record they qualify for the program. Upon graduating from high school, recipients can continue their education and enter the workforce to contribute to society. Eddie Montalvo, President of Silver Wings Aerospace, shares some examples of real people working at Silver Wings and how the elimination of DACA could affect them:
Ivan was 15 when his mother decided to come to the U.S. to reunite him with his father and brother. It was a positive change, he thought, because Mexico had limited work opportunities. As an undocumented teenager however, his options after high school were limited. For a while, he worked at every day at from 1:00 in the afternoon until midnight. He had no life and very little pay. After a while he decided to join his brother doing some construction. It paid the bills, but it wasn’t the safest, nor the easiest job to do. He went back to school to get an ASE certification in car collision repair. He did that for a while, but it seemed employers were taking advantage of him due to his legal status. When the DACA program was approved he decided to make a change. He became a technician in the electrical shop at Silver Wings Aerospace, with the hope of going to school and getting his A&P License. For now, all he can do is work hard and hope that if DACA ends there will be a law to replace it, one which allows him to continue working in the country legally.
Charlie. As a child Charlie wasn’t worried about his future career; what normal kid is? He just knew he was skilled at taking apart and rebuilding used bicycles. His mom would use all her savings to buy him second hand bikes, so he could repair and resell them. At age 14 he was told there was not enough money to pay for his school tuition, so he went to work. He got a job where he made the equivalent to about $45 a week, but nearly 75% of his income was spent on food and getting to and from work. He wondered how he would ever save enough to continue his education after high school. Fortunately, his uncle gave him the “opportunity” to work for his construction company. On Valentine’s Day, when he was 15 years old, he found himself crossing El Rio Grande to Texas. Once there he worked as a mason worker, then as a mechanic in a mechanic shop, and again later as a mason worker. These are essentially the best kinds of jobs an undocumented individual can get. Then DACA came along; giving him hope and the opportunity to improve his livelihood in America. Today, Charlie is a technician in the CSD shop at Silver Wings. Every morning he wakes up grateful for the opportunity to work and to grow. He wants to continue his education but if DACA is eliminated, his hope of going to school and getting his A&P License will disappear.
Emma does not remember how she arrived in the United States but what we do know is that in August of 1989 her mother took her and two other siblings to cross the border somewhere in the Arizona dessert. She was only five-years-old at the time. Can you imagine being five-years-old and having to trek across the Arizona desert with almost nothing to your name? Just trying to arrive in the US was a life or death situation for her. Growing up her childhood was unlike other kids. She spent her weekends and summers helping her parents work in the fields and in the packing houses. Becoming a mother at 16, without hope of college due to her legal status, she dropped out of high school and joined her mother working in a plant nursery. Not wanting to follow in her parents’ footsteps she took a test to get her GED (General Equivalency Diploma). Today, thanks to DACA, she is a mother of three and part of the Silver Wings accounting department. Her oldest is a senior in high school who hopes to work in the medical field. Unlike other mothers who wait for the day they can see their children graduate from college and take the next steps in life, her mind is filled with the worry of not having enough to support them financially in their educational pursuits. If DACA expires before Congress can approve legislation allowing her to remain in the United States, she runs the risk of deportation and will no longer be able to support her family or pursue the education she so much desires.
The Airforce Base is only a couple of miles away from the agricultural community where Eulalia grew up. She was born in 1988 and was brought to the United States a year later in 1989. While other girls were busy playing with Barbie dolls and tea sets, her mind was set in becoming a pilot. But working alongside her parents and earning great grades wasn’t going to be enough. At the age 12 she understood there was a difference between her and her classmates: Because she’s undocumented, a simple piece of paper is all that stands between her dreams and deportation. When the Obama Administration established DACA it allowed her to dream once again. Because of her immigration status joining the United States Airforce wasn’t an option but she decided if she couldn’t fly planes she could at least fix them. Today she proudly holds an A&P License and is the first and only female technician in the hydraulic shop at Silver Wings Aerospace. Wanting to continue her education, she has registered for college to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering. Even though a federal judge has blocked The Trump Administration’s efforts to end DACA, putting college aside for a while seems to be the best choice. All she really wants to be is an inspiration to others, showing them that no matter who you are or where you come from, dreams are possible. Sorry US Air Force or NASA, you’re going to have to wait a little longer for her.
Pictured Above: “Lala” our first female A&P graduate from our partnership with Baker. We have over 100 students that we have given part time work and experience to while they were taking classes who have graduated with an A&P. Lala is the first female and a Dreamer.
Ivan, Charlie, Emma and Eulalia all have on thing in common, they are all “Dreamers” working at Silver Wings. They were brought to this country as minors and never returned to their native countries. Like them, other DACA recipients contribute to our economy and society. Knowing they can be successful where ever destiny takes them gives them hope for whatever their future holds.
For now, DACA is the band-aid covering young, undocumented immigrants but it’s in jeopardy of being removed by Congress. Immigration continues to be a subject of much discussion, but before you take a side, take a moment to educate yourself. Ask yourself the tough questions: Is it fair to send a person back to a country they’ve never known, just because their parents chose to bring them to this country illegally? Will the deportation of 800,000
law-abiding individuals actually fix the immigration problem we have in the United States? Are the so called “Dreamers” the illegal aliens we need to worry about or are they in reality contributing to our society? If you are passionate about finding a solution for these hard working, law abiding Dreamers to remain in this country, I urge you to make your voice heard with your local members of Congress. People will continue to come to the United States with the hope of a better life; after all, this IS the greatest country in the world. Sincerely, Eddie Montalvo President Silver Wings Aerospace
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Pictured above: Kim Merced President of the SFAMC
Kim Merced is the owner and President of Merjen Aviation Solutions, Inc., and President of the South Florida Aviation Maintenance Council (SFAMC). The SFAMC is a not-for-profit aviation networking organization, which has been in existence since 1989, with the aim of uniting â€œthe aviation maintenance community to support, encourage, educate, and promote the significant base of maintenance operations in South Florida.â€? We recently met up with Kim to learn more about the mission of the SFAMC and its role in bringing the aviation community together.
n years past, essentially everything related to aviation in Florida came out of Miami. During that time the SFAMC was known as the Miami Maintenance Council with the express purpose of providing a network of collaboration between all the smaller MRO operations. As the aviation industry grew and South Florida expanded, the MRO industry in South Florida followed suit and spread outside of Miami as well. Today the maintenance community in South Florida remains a powerhouse and is the standard for the MRO industry. The expansion outside of the Miami metro necessitated a name change, hence the SFAMC was born two years ago. The efforts of the SFAMC have shifted since the early days, but the focus remains essentially the same. The SFAMC works to unite the aviation community by promoting “cooperation between Airlines, Aircraft Maintenance Facilities, and Maintenance Service and Support Organizations” in South Florida. Kim Merced noted, “When pooled together, the collective information and resources between all facilities can be a powerful tool for continued growth. The SFAMC acts as the funnel for all these resources . . . We want our efforts to eventually
translate into more jobs and growth for the region.” Along with working to promote cooperation, the SFAMC works to keep aviation community leaders and workers aware of current developments in the industry through seminars, training sessions, and specific sessions relative to certain areas. Some of the challenges the SFAMC faces in accomplishing its goals are finding ways to assist smaller facilities to grow, as well as help aviation mechanics and technicians retain their employment as more and more jobs become automated. Instead of focusing on replacing people with robots, the SFAMC looks to sharpen worker skills to make them more relevant in the industry. Kim says, “We want to make sure there are always new skills to be learned for our workers. The biggest challenge is to find new ways to prepare for, and adapt to, the changes in the market . . . Today, larger facilities have changed the game and smaller companies need help to continue growing.” She continues, “What once was 15 domestic airlines is around 5 today and their preference for a specific facility to offer repairs drastically limits what’s available for the rest of the facilities.”
The SFAMC Over the past couple years, the SFAMC has seen its fair share of successes. Kim notes, ‘The more networks we create between facilities, the stronger our group becomes. We’ve also seen the great impact our guest speakers have on our members. For example – one of our members was hacked for $1,000,000 during a transaction and we were able to bring in the FBI to help us combat against these future types of threats.” In the coming years, as this generation of workers retire, there is the potential for a massive hole in the workforce. The SFAMC works to entice new workers to the aviation industry through scholarships to schools like the George T. Baker Aviation Technical College. In the upcoming year, the SFAMC plans to offer twelve scholarships with more being offered each successive year. The work of the SFAMC is to unify the aviation industry, specifically in the South Florida region. As President of the organization, Kim Merced has had a great impact on the industry, as well as helping to support families through work in the indus-
“I’ve jokingly said: ‘I get to have all the fun because I get the bulk of the recognition’, but I couldn’t have gotten far without the amazing people that work with me. My team is made up of some of the most educated and most impressive business leaders within the industry.” try. Kim notes, in conclusion, “I’ve jokingly said I get to have all the fun because I get the bulk of the recognition, but I couldn’t have gotten far without the amazing people that work with me. My team is made up of some of the most educated and most impressive business leaders within the industry.””
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