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Author: I'll chime in   Date: 3/19/2017 12:36:42 PM  +8/-0   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

back in the early 2000's AMC tried it a 3-5 bases and I was at one.  It turned into a disaster, and a senior AMC VP told me "it was an experiment that didn't work out."  And understatment to say the least.  He knew nothing about pilot's workloads, schedules, sleep/rest periods, duties, and even less about med crew stuff.  We was a yeller when things didn't go his way and after a little bit all the pilots just started ignoring him knowing that he couldn't fire or disciplin all of us.  The whole thing lasted about 1.5 years, which was 1.5 years too long!


Now, don't get me wrong.  This was NOT his fault, other than not even being able to realize how much over his head he was in.  AMC had non-exsistant manager training.  I would argue that it's not much better now!  They gave him ZERO help.  And used the whole thing as an experiment.  It was a looong 1.5 years.


Of course, anyone can be a manager, Med, Mech, or Pilot.  But to be a good one and get support and training is a WHOLE other discussion.  The argument that (most) pilots could be one comes from the fact that about 75% of us come from the military and have at least gone through one leadership course and perhaps as many as 4 courses as we became more senior.  A suprising amount of that training (I admit, some of it has ZERO relevance) translates to civilian management skills.  At least those military pilots have SOME training.  This goes for former military mechanics as well, as long as they at least made E-5 and went through a leardership course or two themselves.


It will all come down to the company and how much, if any, training and support they have.  These Mechs HAVE to be able to learn about the pilot issues though.    My .02 cents

 
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Mechanic in Charge of Multi-base HEMS +0/-2 Anybody seen it? 3/19/2017 7:37:51 AM