A resolution to create National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day (H. Res. 444) passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and will go to the House of Representatives for a vote this fall. The resolution will then be considered by the Senate before going to the President.

The resolution, which has the backing of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), will create a national day to honor and recognize the achievements of the Wright brothers' first flight mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, and all certificated aviation maintenance professionals.

PAMA applauds the work of Representative Dan Lungren (R-California), Representative Bob Filner (D-California), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar and all of the resolution's co-sponsors in helping to get this resolution on the path to reality.

"Our great thanks go to the dedicated PAMA members and the many others who participated in this effort, including maintenance professionals at American Airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration, Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Aviation Maintenance Technician Association and the AMT Society," said PAMA president Brian Finnegan.

PAMA solicits the aviation community's continued support for National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day and requests everyone continue contacting their representatives in Congress.

"We are on the path to passing this resolution," Finnegan said. "We must not relent with our efforts until we have achieved our goal."