Welcome to the Central Ohio PAMA Chapter!
A Decade of Service and counting!
Our Next Event:
Coming Up on the Calendar
Thursday March 13, 2014
Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium
Single Day Event,
Change of Location
CSCC Main Campus
Free Admission and Parking!
Attendees must provide own lunch!
April 8, 2014
Mr. Gene Heine
Topic: " Flightdocs Tracker System and Mobile Apps
May 13, 2014
Mr. Stephen Farkas
EPIC Aviation LLC
Topic: "Aviation Fuels - MX/Inspection/Safety"
Email Address Book Update
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February 11, 2014
Mr. Bill Knauf
Topic - "Autopilot 101"
January 14, 2014
Mark Harden - FAASTeam
"Aviation Safety Meeting"
"2014 Performance Plan"
December 10, 2013
2013 Holiday Dinner
Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center
"Antarctic Air Operations"
By Mike Kent USAF MSgt Retired
November 12, 2013
Cliff Kelling of FAASTeam
"Preventive Maintenance - What Pilots can do"
October 8, 2013
GE Presentation on development of "Passport Engine
Mr. James Kulp
GE Business and Commercial Aviation
September 6, 2013
Willow Run Golf Course
Meetings and Events!
March 13th 2014 Maintenance Symposium – Big Changes!
The site of the 2014 Maintenance Symposium will move to the Columbus State Community College Conference Center, located in the Center for Workforce Development Building, 315 Cleveland Ave, on the west side of the street. Since Columbus State will be on Spring Break, attendees will receive free parking in the campus lot 27 or other available lots. Click here to download a file to open Google Earth to the meeting location.
The format will change to a One Day, Single Session event held on Thursday, March 13th. The session will be developed by the FAASTeam Program Manager, Inspector Mark Harden and registration will be made through the FAA Safety website, www.faasafety.gov. The event is now posted on the FAASTeam site and notices will be sent out to technicians who have open accounts. If you do not already have an account, we encourage you to sign up since this will be the point of contact for Symposium registration and receiving credit for attendance.
This year’s event will be free of charge but you will be responsible for your own lunch and snacks. You may pack a lunch, purchase from two Food Truck vendors, pick up your box lunch if you ordered before the March 6th deadline or use vending machines that are available in the building. For all information and updates about the Symposium, please visit the CSCC AMT Symposium website.
Volunteers needed for District Science Day Judging.
COPAMA is looking for volunteers to help judge the aviation and space related entries in the District 7 Science Day competition on Saturday, March 15th. We usually meet around 8:00 a.m. and judging starts at 9:00 am. The event takes place at Columbus States downtown campus off Spring and Cleveland Avenues and we meet in the Union Hall building. Depending on the number of entries, we normally finish before noon.
This year, we are in discussions with G.E. Aviation of becoming a Co-Sponsor with us in the event for local youth from middle and high school grades. We'll expand on this with updates as we finalize the agreement with G.E. Aviation and thank them for their interest in this worthwhile endeavor.
To sign up for judging or receive more information about the event, please email us at the firstname.lastname@example.org address. Thanks for your consideration to be a part of this years Science Day!
Click on the link to view the job posting on our Careers Page.
February 11th Topic -
"Autopilot 101" by Bill Knauf of Constant Aviation
Mr. Bill Knauf, Avionics Technical Support Manager for Constant Aviation gave our February presentation on basic autopilot features and operation. The meeting took place at Lane Aviation's Media Room on the second floor, 4387 International Gateway, Port Columbus International Airport and included a social gathering and light dinner.
President Joe Lippert welcomed members and visitors which included Mr. Brad Primm, President of Lane Aviation who replaced Tom Deuber in 2012. Joe's PowerPoint included information about COPAMA, our website, upcoming events, a thank you to Lane for the use of their facility and the introduction to Bill's presentation.
Bill started with a review of his aviation career and his many years in support at Honeywell from which he retired in 2010. He then took on his current position for Constant, providing free help and guidance in problem solving for Constant customers who are only being billed if technicians or engineering support is required. He noted the MRO facilities that Constant has spread across the U.S., highlighting the one located at Cleveland Hopkins Airport which is the largest MRO in Ohio. He discussed their many areas of support including major engineering and structural repair of several airframes.
He then focused on the Autopilot and it's components, basic Flight Director systems and the many sensors that provide inputs and feedback to those systems. The presentation which was created long ago to give mechanical support technicians at Honeywell an overview of autopilots elaborated on the function of the main units including air data sensors, servos, gyros, AHRS and IRS units.
He finished with some helpful tips on operating techniques to minimize data errors and problems that pilots may experience while airborne. We want to thank Bill and Constant Aviation for his presentation and purchasing the catering for dinner. The evening concluded with the drawing of raffle prizes.
This meeting was posted on the FAASTeam website and attendees who signed up received either 1 hour of credit toward their WINGS or AMT Awards.
January 14th meeting - FAASTeam P.M. Mark Hardin
Our first meeting of 2014 featured a presentation titled "Aviation Safety Meeting/FAASTeam 2014 Performance Plan" by FAA Inspector, Mark Hardin, our FAASTeam Program Manager for the Columbus F.S.D.O. It included an overview of local accidents/incidents and the FAASTeam targeted approach to address known and perceived risks associated with the General Aviation Community.
The presentation, which was posted on the FAASTeam website drew a group of 53 attendees which included 38 who had signed up to qualify for WINGS and AMT award credit. The initial slides of the presentation gave statistics on the 69 accidents that occurred in the Central Ohio area from 2007 to 2013. Although 2013 was the safest of those years with only 4 accidents, the total number of operations has declined from those in the years before the 2008 economic downturn. Landing was the most dangerous of the seven Phases of flight with 35 or 50%.
Part 91 operations accounted for 94% of the accident total with only 3 Part 135 and 1 Part 137 events. The 22 fatalities were comprised of 18 Private and 2 Instrument Part 91 events and only 2 from Part 135 operations. Only one person lost their life in 2013 from an accident in a Sport category aircraft.
Mark emphasized that the FAASTeam's mission is to stress "Prevention of Accidents" by presenting topics on the safe operation and maintenance of the full spectrum of aircraft from light sport to heavy transport vehicles. The FAA Safety website provides a collective source of information and a calendar of topics and locations to get the information out to all who are engaged in aviation. We're lucky to have many volunteer FAASTeam presenters in the Central Ohio region.
The next FAASTeam event in the Columbus area will be held Monday, January 20th starting at 6:00 pm at OSU Airport's Hangar 5. The topic "Aircraft Icing Safety Meeting" will feature Dr. Judy VanZante from NASA's Icing Research Lab and is sponsored by EAA Chapter 9.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from COPAMA!
Wishing you peace, joy and happiness during this Holiday season! See you in 2014!
The party is over and the tables have been cleared at the 2013 Holiday Dinner held on Tuesday, December 10th at Villa Milano! Jeff Gruber handled ticket sales and acted as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner which was co-hosted by Professional Pilots Association.
Our entertainment for the evening was presented by Mike Kent, Retired Master Sergeant USAF on his experiences in Antarctic Air Operations. It was both informative and entertaining, filled with information and photos from his experience at the bottom of the planet
We've finished the update of the Holiday Dinner page so please visit it for all the information about the event. Thanks to all who sponsored and attended the dinner!
Ohio Governor proclaims GA Appreciation Month
Gov. John Kasich has declared December 2013 to be General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month in Ohio, which is widely known as the "Birthplace of Aviation."
This is the third consecutive year Kasich has issued a formal recognition of the vital role of general aviation - including business aviation - in the state. Former Gov. Ted Strickland issued a similar declaration in 2010.
In his proclamation, Kasich recognized the impact of all 98 of Ohio's GA-only airports, which provide 17,352 direct and indirect jobs paying a total of $498 million annually. The total employment impact of all airports in Ohio is 142,800 jobs, with an annual payroll of nearly $3.2 billion.
In total, Ohio's GA airports annually contribute nearly $5.56 billion, or $478 per capita, to the state's economy, while the total aviation impact within the state is $10.5 billion.
The governor also noted the "vital role (of GA) in the state's response to emergencies and natural disasters," and praised the industry's contribution to "the continued flow of commerce, tourists and visitors to our state."
Ohio is home to 60 charter flight companies, 131 FAA aircraft repair stations, two fractional aircraft operators and 13 flight schools, which operate 95 aircraft and provide 251 jobs. There are also 124 fixed base operators serving the state's 84 public-use airports. Additionally, Ohio has more than 10,000 GA aircraft and nearly 25,000 pilots.
National Business Aviation Association Midwest Regional Representative Bob Quinn noted that Ohio is considered by many the "Birthplace of Aviation," since Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and conducted the majority of their experiments and flights in a field just south of the city.
To date 49 states have officially recognized the value of GA and business aviation, with all proclamations including at least some of the basic tenets of the No Plane No Gain campaign. Launched in early 2009 by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the campaign is a joint public awareness initiative to educate Americans about the importance of business aviation to our country and its communities, companies and citizens.
(Source: NBAA Update Issue #13-47, November 25, 2013) Click here to view the proclamation.
Tuesday, December 17, is the 110th anniversary of the Wright Brothers First Flight.
Aero Battery Completes 40th Year of Operation
Aero Battery, Inc. was founded in a T Hanger Shop in 1973 by Glenn L. McCauley and his son Steve. Glenn is one of the original founders of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). He and his oldest son Steve provided professional services and sales of batteries for aircraft of all types.
In 1981, Glenn’s youngest son, Gary joined the company. Glenn and Gary were in charge of sales, servicing airports and seminar circuits, while Steve handled every day in-house operations. Glen has since retired and the two sons carry on the long tradition of battery service and sales to aviation and medical equipment users from their facility at 3442 Church Street in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We at COPAMA wish to congratulate Aero Battery for reaching this milestone in their company's history. We also want to thank them for their continuing support of the aviation community, COPAMA and sponsorship of our Scholarship Fund.
November 12th topic: Preventive Maintenance
Our November meeting featured a presentation titled "Preventive Maintenance - What Pilots can do." by FAASTeam member, Cliff Kelling. It was posted on the FAASafety.gov website and those attending which included 15 local area pilots earned credit for their Wings and AMT programs.
Cliff began his presentation with a review of his over 50 year career in aviation. With the help of the FAA prepared PowerPoint, he covered the preventive maintenance items and their regulations, which allow pilots to perform certain tasks under specific conditions. The pilot rating and aircraft ownership/operation also define what is allowable by a certified pilot. We want to thank Cliff for his personal stories and experiences related to the subject.
A short business meeting also took place to elect our board members for 2014 - 2015. Joe Lippert and Chuck Jenkins were reelected and Richard Cady of Limited Brands joined the board to fill the position vacated by Paul Tursic. Paul served 4 years on the board, serving his last two as COPAMA Secretary. We wish to thank Paul for his service and will formally thank him at the Holiday Dinner.
Pizza was the main focus of the meal and tickets to our next event, the Holiday Dinner, December 10th, were available for purchase. Raffle prizes from Aero Battery, Constant Aviation, Beechcraft and others were awarded at the end of the meeting. Thank you to all those vendors who supplied those items.
Veteran's Day 2013
November 11th, Veteran's Day falls on a Monday this year. Our focus in on Lima Company of the Third Battalion, 25th Marines, Fourth Marine Division - 3/25 in military lingo. In 2005, this unit lost 23 members in combat, 10 of which in a single IED attack on their transport vehicle.
In 2010, Mike Strahle, a retired Marine from Lima Company attended our Holiday Dinner and told the story of these marines, the artist, Anita Miller who created the life sized murals that make up the mobile memorial and R + L Carriers that became the memorial's main sponsor.
Please remember these and all the members of our military forces standing guard and their fallen who are stationed around the world to keep us safe.
October meeting featured Passport Engine, Chili Cook-off!
James Kulp, Marketing Manager, GE Business and Commercial Aviation
Our October 8th meeting was filled with food and an excellent presentation on the development of the GE Passport engine. We started with the Annual Chili Cook-off with 6 entry recipes from mild to flaming with one entry made from turkey and white beans for variety! Sandwiches and all the condiments and many varieties of cornbread finished out the meal.
Gene opened a short business meeting to nominate candidates to fill the three positions that are up for reelection during odd numbered years. Joe Lippert and Chuck Jenkins decided to run again for their board positions and Paul Tursic, our Secretary, has decided to leave the board at the end of his term. We'll have a formal thank you for Paul at the Holiday Dinner for his time and effort in the Secretary role.
Nominations were requested for the opening position and Gene recommended Richard Cady. Rich accepted the nomination and all three will be on the Ballot at the November meeting. The newly elected board members will meet before the Holiday Dinner to elect officers for 2014 which will be announced at that event.
Our guest speaker was James Kulp of Business and General Aviation division of GE Aviation. His presentation on the development of the new Passport Engine to be introduced on Bombardier's newest version 7000 and 8000 Global aircraft, was informative and entertaining.
His presentation was given earlier that day to several Aviation News Outlets like AIN Magazine. It included key engineering features that will make the Passport a fuel efficient, Integrated Power Plant System that will meet the new world regulatory requirement for emissions and Stage 4 noise limitations. GE and it's subcontractors are responsible to the complete powerplant including engine, FADEC, inlet, cowling and thrust reverser.
He explained some of the technology in this powerplant like the Fan and first 5 stages of the compressor are Blisks and the higher stage compressor blades are polished smooth to make them more efficient and keep dirt from adhering to them. The engine uses ceramic composite structures to make it durable and lighter per pound of thrust compared to earlier engine technologies.
Jim's presentation showed the development benchmarks of the engine to date with certification expected in 2015. We want to thank him for driving from GE's Cincinnati facility to be an important part of our first meeting of the fall and the prizes he provided for the raffle.
The Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing on September 6th at Willow Run was one of the best outings yet. We want to thank everyone from sponsors, players, organizers and Willow Run Staff for helping make is so memorable. It will take a little time to assemble the photos and report, so please check back to see some of the highlights of the 2013 event.
This year's Sponsors and links to their websites are posted on the COAGO 2013 webpage. Please support them with your business to thank them for their participation in COAGO 2013 and their help in raising contributions to the COPAMA Scholarship Fund.
National AMT Day!
Each year, May 24th is celebrated as National Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day! We hope you took a bow in observance of the anniversary of Charles Taylor's birthday to acknowledge AMT's and their contributions to safety in the aviation industry!
Support the COPAMA Scholarship Fund through PayPal!
Last year, when all the State of Ohio Colleges and Universities changed from quarters to semesters, some AMT Students at Columbus State Community College were left without means of funding for their 2013 summer classes.
With all the financial and tax unknowns that loomed over Washington D.C., we decided to create a special Summer Tuition Fund to help them as much as we could. We'd like to thank Colin Campbell and Jet Charters.com for leading off as our first sponsor of the 2013 Tuition Fund.
Although that situation has past, we still have a way to contribute to the Scholarship Fund directly using the PayPal donation button below. Individuals and Corporate Sponsors may contribute whatever amount they wish to give. Corporations who give a donation of $100.00 or more will be added to our Corporate Sponsor page with a link to their website.
Come join us with your contributions to this worthy cause! The full amount of your donations may be tax deductable. Please consult your tax advisor when filling out your annual tax return.
COPAMA Scholarship Fund
COPAMA is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. TIN# 43-2013111.
Please click on the link above to see what was on the COPAMA calendar for first half of 2013.
- Monthly Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the following months.
January, February, April, May, October and November.
Pre-meeting gathering at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00, Presentation after dinner.
- The Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium is our March meeting.
- The Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing (COAGO) is our September meeting.
- The Holiday Dinner is our December meeting.
Regular Meetings held in Lane Aviation's Media Room.
Lane Aviation's Port Columbus facility at 4387 International Gateway, Columbus, Ohio 43219 is the location of our 6 monthly meetings. We meet in their Media Room on the second floor.
Thank you Lane Aviation and Staff!
We wish to thank Lane Aviation and their staff for the use of their facility and their continued support.
Features of the COPAMA website!!!
This site was generated from a latest generation template providing compatibility with the main web browsers of today and mobile devices. It features "Flash" type animation and the ability to detect those devices that cannot render "Flash" and provide an alternate means to display those same graphics.
Menus help you navigate through the site and the left border of the page provides a direct link to our Next Event, Current News and Last Event information. Back ground music is available with the new site and features 12 different tunes that loop. If you don't care to listen, just mute your sound system for an easy solution. Give us some feedback and let us know what you like or dislike! Page width and font size are controllable by you regardless of which browser or mobile device you use.
If you're a fan of Facebook or Twitter, we've set up groups on both social networks. We're hoping it will provide a local forum for members and give us another tool to communicate with the group. The links to both are at the top right of this page. Jeff Gruber has volunteered to be our first administrator of the two forums and if they become popular, we may need the help of our younger members to help monitor them for us.
Let us know what features you like and if you have any problems viewing the site. Welcome to the new COPAMA Website!
COPAMA, is a Non-profit Membership Organization designed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, concepts and techniques through communication, education, representation and support related to the Aviation industry.
Chuck Paul received Charles Taylor Award, Sept 6th, 2013
L to R: FAA Inspectors Mark Harden and Jay Wilkins, Chuck Paul and AirNet CEO John Dupuy.
Mr. Chuck Paul of AirNet received the Charles Taylor Award on September 6th for his 50+ year career in aviation maintenance. The award was presented by FAA Inspectors Mark Harden and Jay Wilkins with AirNet Systems CEO Mr. John Dupuy in attendance.
We at COPAMA congratulate Chuck and thank him for his contribution to aviation safety. He joins a long line of Charles Taylor Award recipients that call Central Ohio their home.
Jerry Peer received Charles Taylor Award, July 25th, 2013
On Sunday, July 25th, Jerry Peer, a long time member of the Central Ohio aviation community received the FAA Charles Taylor Award. The ceremony took place at his home with Inspectors Mark Harden and Jay Wilkins representing the FAA. There were 25 attendees, which included family and friends. Mr. Peer was pleasantly surprised and grateful. Many thanks to Matt Drenten, who play a major role in bringing everything together.
COPAMA congratulates Jerry on receiving the award and thanks him for his long time commitment to aviation safety!
Watch the look on this old pilot, when he see's himself on film 70 years ago crash landing. If you like WWII history, this is a must see. If you like this, please visit our "On the Web" page for more links to aviation sites! Our thanks to Nelson Brown for sharing this link!
What's on FAA TV?
Did you know that there is a host of aviation videos about safety, trending news items, training, NextGen and administration policy, right at your fingertips at http://www.faa.gov/tv/ ? Links on the main page allow you to share the content via your favorite media platform, or you can download the videos as an MP4 for future use.
AirSatOne announces 2013 Air Time Price Guide on their website
Jo Kremsreiter, President of AirSatOne, has notified us that their 2013 Air-Time Price Guide is now available on their website. We've posted this information for our members and visitors who may need such data for their 2013 budgeting process. Thanks, Jo, for this link submission!
Pete Bricker, a local Airframe and Powerplant technician, has changed his hobby of model rocketry into a training opportunity for students in Central Ohio. His classes range from beginner rubber-band launched rockets to large Level 1 and Level 2 Certification.
If you or your child have an interest in Model Rocketry as an individual or group event, check out the schools website by clicking on the link above.
Pete works for one of the regional airlines at Port Columbus and is the husband of Donna Bricker who was a long term board member and past treasurer of COPAMA.
This page was last updated on 03/11/14.