(PRWEB) June 03, 2014
The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) is honored to have been chosen as the Maintenance Team in charge of all aircraft inspections for the Air Race Classic (ARC). From start to finish, AWAM is committed and ready to offer their support and expertise. Ladies with wrenches supporting ladies with yokes!
“It is AWAM’s privilege to be able to bring the female mechanics and female pilots together. While the pilot numbers are few at less than 6%, female mechanics are even fewer at less than 3%,” said Lynette Ashland, AWAM President. “The look of surprise the pilots show us when they realize we are the inspectors makes it all worthwhile.”
AWAM is proudly sponsoring the oldest, annual, all-female cross country air race in the United States, and are the official aircraft inspectors of the Air Race Classic (ARC). The ARC is launching its ten-stop race from June 16th - 19th, 2014, starting from Concord, CA and ending in New Cumberland, PA.
AWAM is an industry leader in promoting diversity in the workforce and is pleased to report a rise in female Maintenance Leads, Foreman, and Line Maintenance Supervisors. In addition, there is a significant increase in female applicants at aircraft maintenance schools. Supporting ARC gives their nonprofit organization the unique opportunity of championing women’s professional growth in the aviation maintenance fields, and increasing public awareness.
AWAM also assists the seasoned mechanic to advance in their profession by offering industry specific training courses through scholarships. Over $120,000 in maintenance training scholarships were awarded by AWAM in 2013, sponsored by industry leaders such as Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, UPS, JetBlue, Delta, FedEx, and many more are among the scholarship providers. Many top fortune 500 aviation companies gain top notch employees through AWAM.
“The race covers over 2,300 miles with over 115 female racers; with AWAM there we will help ensure our racers safety,” said Marolyn Wilson, ARC President. “We greatly appreciate AWAM’s expertise, support, and commitment.”