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FAA Seminar Attracts Scores to Lumley Aviation Center

Visiting aircraft form an aviation 'parking lot' outside local FAA event More than 90 technicians fill a Lumley Aviation Center classroom for a recertification seminar The FAA's Jim Pool, left, presents the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to Dana Smith Penn College instructor Michael R. Robison was among the day's presenters Nearly 100 people attended a recent Inspection Authorization renewal seminar at Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center. Aviation maintenance technicians with an Airframe and Powerplant certificate and at least two years’ experience can receive inspection authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration. To maintain IA certification, technicians must complete at least eight hours of instruction each year. Renewal seminars at the college’s aviation facility in Montoursville have proved quite popular November’s attendees came from as far as Fairfax, Va. and many technicians fly in. This year, some mechanics arrived by a Lancaster corporation’s private Citation jet. Presenters were Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of avionics, who discussed human factors and error reduction in aviation maintenance; and part-time aviation instructor Michael R. Robison, who closed the day with a presentation on glider maintenance. During the event, Jim Pool, principal maintenance inspector for the FAA’s Harrisburg Flights Standards District Office, presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to Dana Smith, who has been an active pilot for more than 50 years and has a perfect safety record. The FAA gives the award in appreciation of dedicated service, technical expertise, professionalism and outstanding contributions to aviation safety; Smith won the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in 2006. Photos by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of avionics

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