Meet Manuel Witt, Check Administrator
Manuel began his career at Atlantic Aviation Group in 2020, and has already made an impact in the Planning department. Working as a Check Administrator, Manuel’s role involves gathering and reviewing key documentation from the hangar floor throughout an aircraft check. He also provides daily status reports to team members and customers. We caught up with Manuel to learn more about his experience in Atlantic Aviation Group.
Can you tell me about yourself and your career so far? When did you join the team at Atlantic Aviation Group and how has your experience been?
My aviation career started back in 2015 where I studied B.Eng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering in I.T Carlow. This course gave me a broad insight relating to the aviation industry. I then joined the Planning Department in AAG in January 2020. Where one of my course mates (Benjamin Osei) had already successfully started his career here and referred me to come and work at AAG as I got offered a position. What a blessing it has been.
The experience in the Planning Dept has been incredible so far. I’ve learned an enormous amount of new skills and knowledge from my colleagues, from having awareness on how Planning Dept operates, Aircraft Legislation, Aircraft Systems and other departments that associates with our MRO.
What inspired you to work in aviation (Aircraft Maintenance/Design/CAMO/Training)?
My motivation to work in the aviation industry lifted off at the age of 8 where I had my first taste of flight, which funny enough departed from Shannon. As a kid I found it mind blowing on how such big machine can stay in flight high above the clouds with an incredible sight. I then continued to dream on and worked hard to progress. I wanted to gain as much knowledge and experience in the aviation industry as I could, both inside and out. That dream has become a reality now, I am learning something new every day.
Can you describe to me what it is like to work in your department/team?
The work in our department consists of a great deal of tasks throughout the day. A lot of concentration, observance and communication skills are needed to complete these tasks. The team is outstanding when it comes to asking for assistance and advice, pointing you out to get the job done.
Although, our tasks require high level of detail. The office has a great atmosphere to work in. Each day coming in and out you will either have laughed or have a smile on your face, with either a really bad dad joke going around or stories that you share together. Either way the whole team is great to approach, and we work great together.
What is a typical day at work for you? What are some of your favourite tasks to do/projects to work on?
First thing in the morning, I check my emails if any additional requests have come in from the customer regarding the current check.
The role consists of collecting paperwork from the hangar floor, reviewing them and any other important documents, daily meetings with the team and customer providing them with the latest daily report, communicating with the mechanics and inspectors and controlling the paperwork in our department under the MOE procedures.
My favourite project to work on is storage/prolonged aircraft that are parked on the ramp. I schedule these using a matrix for the next service and protection tasks which include Engine runs, APU and Air conditions runs, 7-day check, Humidity Level Check and Lipskin Inspections etc.
It’s an exciting time when it comes to CRS day.
What are the benefits to working in AAG?
All the colleagues are very supportive, and they share their experience and knowledge. Flexitime can be very useful when it comes to taking time off. Curry Thursdays is always something to look forward to. The Canteen staff are very friendly and helpful. A lot of courses/classes are provided to employees to gain as much experience and knowledge as possible.
What’s your favourite thing about working in AAG?
That we’re able to work with various departments, customers and colleagues with different backgrounds that you can learn from. Seeing everybody working together to achieve a successful CRS is motivating to witness. Being surrounded with the aircrafts and observing on how they’re maintained is satisfying to see and also the smell of fresh jet fuel air in the morning. I look forward to the future to progress working with AAG.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
To be able to fly and to help out every person that is in need financially or mentally through faith.