The AMC is an air transport
industry activity organized by Aeronautical Radio, Inc. (ARINC).
The objectives of AMC are to promote reliability and reduced operating
cost in air transport avionics by improving maintenance and support
techniques through the exchange of technical information.
AMC consists of representatives from the technical leadership
of the air transport avionics maintenance community. The voting
membership of AMC consists of the representatives of commercial
air transport operators.
AMC accomplishes its objectives through a number of activities
including the annual Avionics Maintenance Conference, known worldwide
as the AMC; Steering Group meetings, Plane Talk®, a quarterly
newsletter; Task Group activities; and liaison with the AEEC and with other aviation
or electronic industry activities.
AMC promotes improved avionics reliability and performance at
lower life-cycle cost through the coordination of common technical
problems in the airlines. AMC saves the industry over $100 million
each year through participation in the annual Avionics Maintenance
Conference. AMC also tracks developing maintenance issues and
new products and makes inputs to or develops guidance to maintain
safe aircraft with lower life-cycle costs.
The annual AMC, held every spring, provides airlines and suppliers
an opportunity to openly and collectively discuss chronic avionics
maintenance questions. Before the meeting, airlines and suppliers
are invited to submit discussion items using the following categories:
- Avionics Philosophy
- Line Maintenance
- Product Support
- Test Systems
- Environmental Control Systems
- Communications Systems
- IFE Systems
- Indicating Systems
- Navigation Systems
- Autoflight Systems
- Flight Controls
- Engine Systems
- Fuel Systems
- Electrical Power
- Landing Gear
Once the questions are received by the IA Staff, they are forwarded
to the named equipment suppliers. Then the IA Staff prepares
the questions in the form of the AMC Program, which is mailed
to all preregistered attendees.
During the meeting, a moderator presents each question for discussion.
By design, airline attendees are given the first opportunity to
respond. This is to emphasize that the organization submitting
the question may not be the only organization experiencing the
problem. In some cases, another organization may have already
experienced the problem and may have a solution to offer. Next,
the moderator will call for the suppliers to respond. In many
cases, a solution is already available, because the supplier has
been aware of the problem well in advance of the meeting. If the
solution is accepted, the question is closed. If the solution
is not accepted or one is not yet available, the question is usually
held open and will be so noted in the report of the meeting.
To ensure that the final AMC Report presents an accurate record,
the meeting is recorded and a report is prepared.
Upon adjournment of the meeting each day, more than 25 manufacturer
hospitality suites are open to host "the meeting after the
meeting." Some attendees consider this unlimited one-on-one
access to so many manufacturers in one location to be as valuable
as the meeting itself. On Tuesday evening, the Airline Avionics
Institute (AAI) hosts a reception that includes tabletop exhibits.
This reception is an excellent vehicle for both large and small
manufacturers to display the latest innovations in product support.
For those who have attended the AMC in the past, there should
be little need for urging your return. For those who have never
attended and are still not convinced, try answering the following
- Would your airline benefit from one-on-one access to over
100 avionics equipment suppliers and 6 airframe manufacturers
in one location?
- Does your airline support saving more than $1 million a year?