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PAMA ends SAE affiliation

June 16, 2009, Warrendale, PA - PAMA, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, has announced it is ending its affiliation with the Society of Automotive Engineers.


June 16, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

June 16, 2009, Warrendale, PA – PAMA, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, has announced it is ending its affiliation with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and will focus exclusively on programs and support for aviation maintenance managers, aviation mechanics and the aviation maintenance industry. PAMA plans to hire an association management firm to handle day-to-day operations and its recent initiatives to enhance member services, increase corporate and individual membership, and expand its technical leadership. PAMA will continue to provide a lobbying presence in Washington, DC, to ensure that aviation maintenance issues are properly represented in government circles.

“While our affiliation with SAE was well founded at the time, it’s clear that recent developments in the automotive industry created a challenge for SAE to continue providing the support we needed to achieve PAMA’s goals,” said Clark Gordon, chairman of PAMA’s board of directors. “Integrating PAMA further with SAE would have diminished the focus on our programs and partnerships, especially our professional development track for aviation maintenance managers,” he added.

“The PAMA board is conducting a search for a new association management firm and we’ll announce our selection within the next few weeks,” said John Casker, PAMA’s president. “PAMA is well-funded and we’re prepared to continue in our role as the voice of aviation maintenance,” Casker concluded.

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