California Facility Earns Aviation Maintenance Technician
The Gulfstream Aerospace service center in Long Beach, CA, has
once again received the FAA's Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT)
Employer Diamond Award of Excellence ... the 10th straight year the
facility has been honored with the achievement.
"Each year, our Long Beach facility invests in hundreds of training
hours to ensure its technicians are highly qualified, efficient and
safety-minded," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product
Support. "Our customers reap the benefits of this investment
with the assurance of a well-trained and customer-focused team
providing maintenance on their aircraft. We are very proud
that the FAA continues to recognize Long Beach year after
The AMT program was created in 1991 to recognize FAA-certified
aviation mechanics and their employers for participating in
supplemental aviation training and other continuing-education
courses. The awards program was revamped in 2009 and is now
called the William (Bill) O'Brien AMT Awards Program, named for the
longtime FAA employee who worked tirelessly to promote aviation
safety. O'Brien, who retired in 2007 as the FAA's National
Resource Specialist, died in 2008.
Companies that qualify for the Diamond Award of Excellence must
ensure 100 percent of their eligible employees receive an
individual O'Brien Award during the calendar year. Long
Beach's 109 eligible employees earned six Gold Awards, 86 Silver
Awards and 17 Bronze Awards.
Individual awards are based on minimum hours of AMT training - 80
for gold, 40 for silver and 12 for bronze. In addition,
Gold Award winners must complete a three-credit aviation
career-related college course.