A Riveting time had by ALL!
The Aero Skills Tournament (AST) reports winners on the 4th stop on the US Aircraft Structures Tour from last week – the TOP GUN Event at the CR Smith Museum in Dallas Texas.
It was an excellent opportunity and real eye opener where many witnessed the first Aero Skills in the South.
Jay Logie, President of Aircraft Technologies Group, developers of the event, said, “CR Smith was a great venue with the AA Flagship DC-3 as a backdrop to Senior tradesmen, aero trades students and local trade schools. Together our common goal is education, inspiring the younger generation into the world of aviation, industry support, and increasing awareness of the career opportunities within the growing and urgently needed workforce in aerospace careers. A special thanks to the faculty and staff of both institutions for making the Top Gun and Exhibition competitions a big success!!”
Competitors worked individually and in teams on three skill testing events that included grading factors that tested both the quality and accuracy of the work performed, all while racing against the clock and each other. The main title for Top Gun was about getting the work done in time to very specific standards and specifications as established and accepted by the aerospace industry.
The Exhibition Competitions for teams of 2 to 3 were improv-style tasks: the “Clean Cut” and the “Out the Window” events. These high action events, performed on sections of an aircraft structure, required skills to quickly and cleanly cut open the aircraft skin for the “Clean Cut”. The “Out the Window” was very loud as the teams raced against the clock while removing large rivets holding windows to the fuselage skins without damaging the frames or skins. All of this gave the spectators an opportunity to experience the fast pace and unique jobs all in a short but noisy space of time.
AVIATION NETWorX would like to give a shout out to the junior technicians from both Hallmark University and Letourneau University for traveling to Dallas and taking on the challenge to work in front of an audience for the “Metal Bashers Tour” “TOP GUN” Tournament. Every one of these young techs are the ones who made this event a great success. Other trade schools from the Dallas area are keen to get involved in the next event scheduled here for the fall.
The excitement and comradery and exceptional skills and improvisational techniques demonstrated by the competitors was “that was more fun than we thought”.
David Tesser, the sponsor faculty from Letourneau University said, "The Aero Skills tournament was a great opportunity for our students to use what they learn in classes and labs in a “real world” type of competition. The students were able to see how their education and their career will tie together in the very near future. An added benefit to this competition is the chance for the students to work with and learn from industry professionals who are using these skills on a daily basis"
Robert Olivares, the sponsor faculty from Hallmark University said, “This was an awesome event and a great opportunity for our junior technicians to interact with senior technicians. Our students all said that they look forward to future events.”
AST Top Gun First in main event, best points taking the Win.
Junior Classification; First to third was: Ben Bunn, John Orchard and Ross Burger
Senior Classification; First & second was: Dusty Barnes, Robert Olivares (a first for faculty competing against the industry techs – congrats Robert)
AST Out the Window was won by Team #2; Jeff Bush, John Dick and Ben Bunn
AST Clean Cut was won by Team #2; Jeff Bush, John Dick and Ben Bunn
Team #2 made a sweep of the Exhibition events. Also the TOP GUN Winner advancing to the Regional Finals, for the South Region, location to be announced in the new year.