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Six-Eighty News

November 2012

Scoring on and off the court - By Kevin Tan

Every weekday  morning,  we  wake  up,  get  suited,  and  drive   through  traffic  to  start  our  roles  at  the  work  arena.    The  clock   is  winding  down  and  we  are  racing  to  work  to  make  the  9AM   buzzer.    However,  for  some  people,  it  is  all  work  and  no  play.     Every  Wednesday  evening,  a  team  of  Unicalians  departs  work   and  suit  up  in  their  roles  to  compete  in  a  basketball  league  at   the  Walnut  Teen  Center.    Surprisingly  enough,  there  is  very   little  difference  between  sports  and  business.    We  work  as  a   team  and  we  play  as  a  team.       Just  like  the  game  of  basketball,  the  performances  of  business   organizations  are  assessed  in  4  quarters.    The  organization   posting  the  most  profits/points  at  the  end  of  the  4th  quarter  is   the  winner.    Game  over?    Not  quite.    Great  teams  continuously   look  for  ways  to  improve  because  the  competition  will   continue  year-­‐after  -­‐year.       Why  do  sports  organizations  scout  for  the  top  talents  to  fill   positions  on  the  team?  Simply  put-­‐-­‐  to  try  to  form  a  better   team.    Similarly,  managers  and  HR  seek  talented  individuals   with  the  appropriate  skill  sets  to  fill  positions  and  improve   their  organization.    However,  the  addition  of  a  skillful   teammate  might  make  the  team  more  talented,  but  it  does  not   always  make  them  more  effective.       2


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Whether it  is  sports  or  business,  the  development  of  great  teams   does  not  just  come  from  the  outside,  but  it  is  cultivated  from  the   inside.    Recruiting  might  help  make  a  better  team,  but  great   leaders  know  how  to  make  the  team  better.     Have  you  ever  wondered  why  talented  players  and  teams     do  not  immediately  win  championships?       Phil  Jackson  holds  the  record  of  11  NBA  championships  with  2   teams,  the  Bulls  and  Lakers,  alone.    As  a  leader,  he  understood   how  to  bring  out  the  best  of  his  talented  players  and  make  the   team  better.       Michael  Jordan,  known  as  the  greatest  basketball  player  of  all  time,  never  won  a  championship  until   legendary  coach  and  leader  Phil  Jackson  came  along.    Kobe  Bryant,  Shaq,  and  other  players  on  the  Lakers   basketball  team,  ,  did  not  win  championships  until  Phil  Jackson  jumped  on  board.       While  both  teams  had  tremendous  talent,  they  still  could  not  win  championships.    Under  the  leadership  of   Phil  Jackson,  Michael  Jordan  quickly  learned  and  quoted  "talent  wins  games,  but  teamwork  wins   championships."    Year  after  year,  Phil  Jackson  had  led  these  organizations  to  repeated  championships  by   helping  talented  players  develop  and  improve  on  their  skills,  chemistry,  cooperation,  and  teamwork-­‐-­‐ necessary  ingredients  for  organizational  success,  which  requires  loyalty  and  respect  for  each  other  in  order   to  achieve  a  common  goal  and  vision.   John  Wooden,  legendary  coach  and  leader  of  the  UCLA  Bruins,  who  led  the  Bruins  to  a  record  of  10  NCAA   championships,  states  "loyalty  will  not  be  gained  unless  first  given.    All  that  we  send  out  to  others  comes   back  to  us.    In  almost  every  way,  the  team  ultimately  becomes  a  reflection  of  their  leader."        

"A coach  is  someone  who  can  give  correction  without  causing  resentment."  

-­‐ John  Wooden,  UCLA  Coach,  10-­‐Time  NCAA  Champion  

As we  close  out  the  4th  quarter  and  lead  ourselves  into  the  next  four,  we  need  not    worry  about  the   competitors,  but  let  the  competitors  worry  about  us.    To  become  a  threat  to  others,  we  do  not  need  to   focus  on  the  outside,  but  cultivate  a  culture  and  environment  to  better  ourselves  on  the  inside.     Respecting  everyone  and  their  talents,  helping  each  other  improve  their  skills,  further  develop  our   strengths  as  a  team,  tackling  the  challenges  of  our  weaknesses,  and  leading  our  team  to  becoming  the   best,  is  how  we  will  succeed.    As  a  result  of  improving  ourselves  and  skillfully  being  on  our  best  game,  the   numbers  on  the  scoreboard  will  take  care  of  itself.          

"Good. Better.  Best.  Never  let  it  rest,  until  your  good  becomes  better,     and  your  better  becomes  best."    

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-­‐  Tim  Duncan,  4-­‐Time  NBA  Champion  


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November 2012

“We have grown to a 19 person-team now…”

I remember the days when GQ just started. I remember when we went through a pile of dusty and rusty tools from US Air that KC purchased in an auction. We spent countless hours going through them, cleaning them, and registering them. I remember those days where we fried our brains trying to figure out how to carry the big hydraulic test stands from the back of the warehouse, maneuvering them through all the shelves filled with precious aircraft parts and put

forklift might topple over. I remember the first FAA walkthrough, when Mr. Charles Johnson, our FAA PMI, barraged me with a bunch of questions. I was not really sure what the answers were (although, I know what they are now, do not worry). He scrutinized every single word in our quality manuals and put red markings all over it. I remember the relief I felt when we finally received our FAA Repair station certificate and also the lunch at Carinos that followed after. I remember our first big order: 9 brakes to overhaul in 3 weeks we had KC breathing down our necks

them in places where they belong. At one point I even stood on one side of the forklift as it extended its fork to place the hydraulic reservoir tank where it should be, fearing that the

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constantly for 3 weeks. We did well though! I cannot believe it has been 1 year since then! We have grown to a 19 person-team now. Our capability list has grown from 10 to more than 30 parts. Our facility gained a couple new equipments. I wonder what’s in store for us‌ GQ, I believe, has a very big potential. Recently, we got into APU teardown. With the help from Mr. Chris Starkey, we have torn down our first two APUs. Now, with the 10-ton crane we have, we are up for a bigger and better project-- Engine disassembly. Right now we are not there yet, but, hey, from APU to Engine, how long can that take, right? As Unical gets into a lot of tearing down, we are looking into being a supportive power for those projects. One of our engineers, Paul Subanpong, was out in Victorville, helping Joe Kijrongruangsri as he tore down our MD-11s. He is learning all the skills necessary to assist with teardowns. Who knows, one day we might be able to tear down awhole aircraft ourselves. Exciting! Tear downs are not the only thing that we are looking forward to. We are also currently expecting a pneumatic facility, which is predicted to be done sometime next year. That opens up whole new ATA chapter for us to repair. The more parts the better! Last but not the least, our newest pride is our recently granted EASA Certification. After an exhaustive struggle and days upon days of editing the EASA supplement, for our Quality manual, our FAA PMI finally approved the supplemental material. It is now, as I type this that the EASA certification is in the office waiting to be processed. Once they are done with the process, we can issue 8130-3 dual-release all day and all night. Now, this should be a great benefit for Unical when they send their parts to us! We have plans for GQ and we are going to work hard to achieve it. But, once again, this will be a lot harder if Unical, our own sister company, does not back us up. Thus, I plead to all Unicalians to support us in helping us grow in the years to come. Anyway, where else would you go when you want Good Quality repair? Of course you go to GQ! Happy birthday GQ!

-By Nico Kutadinata

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As we are passing out our thanks to all of our colleagues, we would like to spotlight two gentlemen without whom this November edition of2012 Six-Eighty would not have been possible: Kevin Tan and Nico Kutadinata. Kevin’s motivational article about working as a team both on and off the courts gives us all something to think about, while Nico’s update on the happenings at GQ offer a glimpse at the inner-workings of the repair station along with the hope that it will continue to expand. Their insight is truly treasured and appreciated.

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As the winter season draws near, and the last autumn leaves fall, we are granted a fleeting moment to remember what is truly important: our friends and family. Before the hectic holiday rush hits, we need to remember this is the season of thanks. It is our moment to thank everyone who has helped us through the year and pass along our best, warmest wishes to the people who made the year another worth living. Therefore, we would like to thank everyone who has made working at Unical such a pleasure.

We would also like to thank Han and Mercy Tan, for giving us the opportunity to continue publishing this newsletter: for our previous two editions, this edition, and the many more to come. We appreciate your support and blessings, immensely. Without your generosity of spirit, the inspiration and motivation behind this newsletter would cease to exist. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.

Unical Aviation is a wonderful company to work for. On paper it has everything you could hope for: job-security in an uncertain market, benefits to ensure the wellbeing of al employees, paid-time off, and a vast array of amenities ranging from the gym equipment to pool tables. Those are treasured gifts, of that we are certain, but nothing is more precious than having the opportunity to work with every individual within Unical and GQ. The experience would not be the same without any one of you.

--A. Edgar

UNICAL LA MARATHON TEAM CALLOUT According to Armando Murillo or famously known as Mandoman, GQ’s Lead Mechanic, one of his favorite Olympic event was the marathon. He talked about its origin reverently of how in 490 B.C., the runner Pheidipides ran from the Plains of Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the Greeks over the Persians. After covering the distance roughly the length of today’s marathon race (26 miles, 385 yards), legend has it that he shouted, ”Rejoice, We Conquer!”, then dropped dead. Coming from last year Unical Marathon team comprised of Jasmin Flores, Rigoberto Noyola, Simon Uribe and himself, the team is ready to embark in another journey of 26.2mi from LA Dodger’s stadium to Santa Monica Pier. We are welcoming any Unicalians that has the heart to endure the challenge physically and mentally. Participant will be fully sponsored and given a company running jersey. What: LA Marathon 2013 When: Sunday, March 17th 2013 Where: Starting point- Dodger Stadium Any Unicalians interested in joining the team, please contact pubs@unical.com 6

Deadline for registration is Friday, November 30th 2012. - A. Abraham

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