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In today's interview, we talk with Maintenance Planner, Josue. Like many of his colleagues, Josue got his start at Aviation Career & Technical Education High School--however, his interest and curiosity in aviation go all the way back to his childhood days.
Josue tells us that he looked forward to trips to the airport from a young age. He was mesmerized by airplanes and even remembers having recurring dreams in which he'd hold on to the wings of a plane and fly away with it. The first time he boarded a plane himself, he wondered how it was that a piece of metal could hold an entire plane full of people. Years later he would find the answer to his question.
With now over six years of experience in aviation maintenance, Josue has the knowledge he'd always hoped for. On top of the education, Josue tells us, "Being an AMT is a discipline. Past the preparing stage, each day is far from repetitive. Not a single task or situation is identical, and that's where the skill and experience come into play."
When we ask Josue what his favorite part of working in aviation is, he tells the answer is simple.
"You get to fix things."
Some days problems escalate, and the solution isn't as easy to find. But when he's finally able to solve a case, the feeling is unbeatable.
Beacon is an innovative multi-sided platform designed to connect the aviation maintenance ecosystem, synchronize industry resources, the aftermarket supply chain, and aviation professionals in a more agile and efficient manner.
Back in 2016, Embraer-X recognized a need for innovation around services and products in the aviation industry. A year later, Beacon was incubated under Embraer-X to solve issues resulting from a fragmented ecosystem and from labor shortage of licensed professionals in aviation.
Applying a human-centric approach, Beacon identified inefficiencies in the aviation maintenance pipeline due to the lack of systemized resources, communication tools and data overload. So Beacon set out to create a space in which all aviation maintenance professionals could feel equipped and empowered and where insights would open opportunities to work in smarter ways to optimize operation costs and increase availability of aircraft.
Subsequently, in 2019 Beacon was announced to the world at Uber Elevate. In 2021, Beacon went on to achieve a series of milestones that were recognized by the aviation and defense community. Today, the multi-sided platform hosts a community of maintenance professionals such as Operators, Maintenance Providers and Technicians. It offers a one-stop-shop solution that supports collaboration, case assignments, and data insights—thus facilitating an increase in shared knowledge and productivity. With Beacon, both individuals and organizations can work better and collaborate smarter by taking advantage of digital technologies.
At this stage, the platform is growing its community by providing a single, secure channel where collaboration can happen seamlessly and with transparency.
Beacon is poised to become the leading platform for aviation maintenance collaboration, creating a new digital era in aviation services, being capable of serving any manufacturer, anytime, anyplace.