Crystal Maguire

Executive Director, Aviation Technician Education Council

Ms. Maguire began her tenure with ATEC as business manager in 2014. Since that time she has been named executive director, managing the trade association under the direction of ATEC’s board of directors.

Maguire spent twelve years at Obadal, Filler, MacLeod, & Klein, P.L.C. where she provided aviation maintenance regulatory compliance to private companies. There she also held various positions with association client organizations including vice president of operations for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and director of government affairs and Washington counsel for the Associated Equipment Distributors.

Maguire is a regular contributor to Aviation Week’s Inside MRO and manages operations for the Aerospace Maintenance Council, a non-profit group that raises awareness about aviation maintenance technician careers through its annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition. She is the recipient of AMT Magazine’s Next Gen 40 Under 40 award, and ARSA’s Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Government Service.

In 2003, Maguire graduated with a B.A. in management from the University of Tulsa. She received a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law’s evening program in 2010. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Opportunities to Broaden the A&P Pipeline

A recent ATEC report found that aviation industry mechanics are retiring faster than they are being replaced. How can industry and educators work together to better recruit and ensure the next generation of aviation mechanics have the knowledge and skill required to be a valuable asset to employers? Encouraging community involvement in the development of new regulatory standards, facilitating employer-employee partnerships, and enhancing access to mechanic testing are all ways the council is helping to address the technician shortage.