April 21, 2022 ASQ Section 1106 In Person Meeting & Tour (This is the first on-site, non-virtual ASQ Section 1106 meeting and program in two years.)

Northeast State Community College Aviation Technology Program and Tour of Hangar Teaching Facility

5:30 - 5:45 Registration and Networking
5:45 – 6:15 Meal
6:15 Begin Program and Tour

Seating is limited to 30. ASQ 1106 members and one guest will be provided a first opportunity until April 4 to register for the Aviation Technology Hangar Tour, and then registration will be open to the public. Non-members are welcome to attend. ASQ 1106 members can add other guests after April 4.

Each person will need to register separately through the link below:


*The meal will be a McAllister’s Box Meal for $10 that includes a sandwich, plain chips, assorted cookie, and a drink. Payments must be made online when registering.

The meal options are:
McAllister’s Club - Smoked turkey, ham, bacon, sharp cheddar, swiss, spring mix, tomato, mayo and McAlister's Honey Mustard on wheat.
Black Angus Club - Black Angus roast beef, bacon, sharp cheddar, swiss, red onion, spring mix, tomato, horseradish sauce and mayo on wheat
Smoked Turkey Sandwich- Smoked turkey with cheddar cheese, spring mix, tomato on 9 Grain bread
The Veggie Sandwich - Spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, balsamic red onions, roasted peppers, avocado and herb mayo, on 9- Grain bread

*When registering you will be able to choose your sandwich preference. If you do not wish to purchase a meal you may opt out of the meal option.

Program and Tour:
Northeast State Community College Aviation Technology Program and Tour of Hangar Teaching Facility will be provided by Richard Blevins, Director of the Aviation Technology Department at Northeast State Community College,

Richard will update ASQ members on the very successful Aviation Technology program at Northeast State Community College. The update will be followed by a tour of the newly refurbished Aviation Technology hangar instruction facility at Tri-Cities Airport. The Aviation Technology training program is designed to prepare students for employment in the aviation maintenance or aviation repair industry. Northeast State is the only community college in Tennessee with a FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant Program, and the only college in the state with an Avionics Program. There is a high demand for graduates. Enrollment is at capacity with a waiting list. The Northeast State Aviation Technology program is essential workforce training for recruiting aviation firms to Aerospace Park at Tri-Cities Airport. Aerospace Park has the potential for providing as many as 2,000 good-paying aviation jobs. The program at Northeast State was recently recognized as the only community college in Tennessee having FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification. This presentation is significant for ASQ Section 1106 members since an ASQ tour of Bell Helicopter in Piney Flats in February 2013 identified the need for region aviation maintenance training. This led to the Aviation Technology program at Northeast State Community College.

Bio for Richard Blevins
Richard Blevins, a native of Kingsport, is a 28-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Richard was recruited by Bell Helicopter (now Bell) to create a Training Department in Piney Flats where he worked for 9 years. Currently Richard is Associate Professor and Director of the Northeast State Community College Aviation Technology Department (7 years). Richard designed and developed the Aviation Technology curriculum to meet industry needs and FAA standards.

Meeting Location
The section meeting will be at the Northeast State Community College Aviation Technology hangar at Tri-Cities Airport.

Directions to Northeast State Community College Aviation Technology Hangar at Tri-Cities Airport

The GPS location is 971 S Hangar Rd, Blountville, TN 37617. This address is on the East side of Tri- Cities Airport across the runway from the Airport terminal.

Arriving on TN Highway 75, proceed North of Tri-Cities Airport. Turn onto Muddy Creek Road (0.9 mile). Turn right onto Hamilton Road (0.6 mile). Turn right onto S Hangar Road (0.1 mile) and watch for Northeast State sign.
News Northeast Tennessee Section 04/11/2022 9:16am CDT


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