Lorne Douglas Amos
Gray Rapids, NB
Lorne started his career early in life, leaving home at the age of 16 years to join the Canadian Army as a “Boy soldier”. He started his initial technical training at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario as a vehicle mechanic but soon transferred to the aviation side of maintenance.
During his 10-year military career he served in Gagetown, New Brunswick, Brandon, Manitoba, Fort Rucker, Alabama, and St. Hubert, Quebec. Upon leaving the military Lorne joined Laurentian Helicopters and later took the position of Chief Engineer with Maritime Air Services in Moncton, New Brunswick. Later Lorne started Mobile Air Maintenance that was based in Moncton and carried out contract maintenance throughout the region. One of his contracts was the maintenance of a fleet of Snow Commanders that carried out Fire Protection service for several years in the province of New Brunswick.
In 1976 Lorne joined Transport Canada as an Airworthiness Inspector in the Atlantic Region. He held various positions in the Department and served as the Regional Director of Airworthiness until his retirement in February 1996. Lorne has always been active on a great many fronts, including the Boy Scouts, NB Guides Association and several Fraternal Associations. He has been extremely active in his profession and headed up the Steering committee that started the AME Association (Atlantic), serving on its Executive until Transport Canada deemed that the position might be considered as a conflict of interest with his duties as an Airworthiness Inspector. Lorne resigned but remained very active making major contributions to the association and the development and success of the Atlantic Region Aircraft Maintenance Conference (ARAMC). His leadership within the Department created a relationship between the Industry and the Regional Regulatory body that has continued to this day. Over the years Lorne has acted as a member of the ARAMC and has chaired several conferences. He has also served for several years as the Chairperson of the AME Association Training committee and has delivered a great deal of training throughout the region.
Lorne has been honoured by his industry peers on several occasions by being awarded:
- the “Earl Blakney/ Aviall Award” for outstanding AME,
- the “Roger Richard Memorial Award” on his retirement,
- the “Glen Goslin/Joe Price Memorial Award” for outstanding service to the AME Association and the Atlantic Region Aircraft Maintenance Conference.
Lorne’s contributions and leadership have been very beneficial to our industry. He says that he is retiring again from his latest venture “Amos Consulting”—but time will tell.