HAECO Americas, a member of the HAECO Group, announced that several female team members from HAECO Americas in Greensboro, North Carolina have established the first state chapter of the non-profit organisation, the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM).
Taking its cue from the state’s historical distinction of being “First in Flight”, the chapter was formed to champion women’s professional growth and enrichment in aviation maintenance. It does so by providing opportunities to share information, network, educate, foster a sense of community, and increase public awareness of women in the industry. AWAM also sponsors a scholarship programme that provides training and financial support to women pursuing a career in aviation maintenance.
Members of AWAM include maintenance technicians, engineers, teachers, scientists, vendors, pilots and other individuals and groups who support aviation maintenance. Membership is open to both women and men as individuals, students, educational institutions and corporations.
Tammy Biddix, president of AWAM Chapter 31, and HR Systems analyst at HAECO, said: “HAECO Americas has been looking to find ways to reach out to girls and women in order to introduce them to the aviation industry. We felt that starting a chapter would give us resources and provide more benefits. We have a vested interest in encouraging people to consider a career in aviation maintenance.”