The Gulfstream Aerospace service center in Long Beach, California, recently received the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 2008 Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Certificate of Excellence Award. It is the ninth consecutive year the facility has been recognized with this honor. 
In addition, Gulfstream Long Beach employees earned two Diamond, 60 Ruby, 19 Gold, 50 Silver and 17 Bronze awards for individuals.
Gulfstream Long Beach continues to uphold our company’s standards in product support, said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream product support. Its ninth consecutive FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence Award and its employees’ individual awards exemplify our commitment to our customers and their aircraft.
The AMT program was established in 1992 to recognize FAA-certified aviation mechanics and their employers for participating in supplemental aviation training and other continuing-education courses.
The Diamond Certificate of Excellence is the higher of the FAA’s two award levels for employers. It is awarded to organizations with 100 percent participation in the FAA’s maintenance training program. Examples of approved training include FAA and industry training seminars, and on-the-job technical training or college-level courses in science, mathematics or management.
For aviation technicians, the Diamond Award is the highest of the FAA’s five award levels. Each level is based on the hours of qualifying aircraft maintenance training each member of the aviation maintenance workforce receives during the year. Requirements for a Diamond Award are completion of an applicable college-level course and a 10-day aviation industry maintenance course, 58 hours of aviation maintenance training, or 15 hours of teaching maintenance training.
Requirements for a Ruby Award are the same as the Diamond Award with the exception of a college-level course. A Gold Award requires 34 hours of aviation maintenance training, a Silver Award requires 14 hours, and a Bronze Award requires six hours. All awards require an employee to attend at least two hours of training on FAA regulations and policy.