Gulfstream Celebrates 300TH Master Technician

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. says that more than 300 of its employees have earned the FlightSafety International Master Technician designation, the most of any original equipment manufacturer worldwide. Gulfstream reached the milestone of 301 Master Technicians after four technicians at Gulfstream’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility completed the 30-hour GIV Operational Maintenance Procedures course at FlightSafety’s West Palm Beach Learning Center. Earning certificates were Carlos Gutierrez, Chris Lianzo, Andrew Lopez and Todd Guinn. “Our Master Technician-certified employees, representing every one of our service center locations, have earned this mark of excellence in their field, and we are very proud of them all,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “…we are committed to enhancing our workforce with continuous training.” According to FlightSafety statistics, 66 percent of the more than 1,240 technicians from around the world who have earned Master Technician status have earned it for Gulfstream aircraft. Earning the designation requires successful completion of five advanced maintenance courses for a specific aircraft. The complete program is available for all Gulfstream models. Class work begins with a four-week Maintenance Initial course and continues with a one-week Maintenance Update course on that aircraft. The remaining courses are Engine Run and Taxi, Advanced Troubleshooting and Operational Maintenance Procedures. The Operational Maintenance Procedures class includes situations that challenge a technician to quickly return the aircraft to service. It is usually combined with the Advanced Troubleshooting class. A technician must score 90 percent or above on each written and hands-on exam to advance in the program. To be eligible for Master Technician status, an employee must successfully complete one class every two years. Technician training on Gulfstream aircraft is available at FlightSafety facilities in Savannah; Dallas; Long Beach, Calif.; and Wilmington, Del.

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