01.10.2013

Pinnacle of his career

After working at Lufthansa Technik for 38 years, seasoned Lufthansa employee Edmund Weber took up the post of Head of Production in Auburn, Maine, on 1 April. After 38 years working for Lufthansa Technik, this assignment is a big challenge at the end of his career.

When Edmund Weber visited the Super Star project in Auburn, Maine, for the first time in January of this year, the east coast of the USA was in the firm grip of the North American winter. Having landed the day after one of the heaviest snow storms of last winter Weber headed northwards in his hire car. "I had already decided to take up the post of the new Head of Production at that time. Although I have seldom encountered such freak weather conditions in Central Europe, I was not going to go back on my promise to take up this fantastic job in the twilight of my career at Lufthansa Technik," Weber recalls with a grin. "But since then I have come to feel quite at home here and the splendid summer in Maine made up for my frosty entrance."

On 1 April 2013 Edmund Weber took up his post as Head of Production, following in the footsteps of Michael Austermeier, who officially left the project on 31 August after a period of getting his successor up to speed. Having originally started work at Lufthansa Technik in 1975, Weber's career took him to German Cargo in 1990, where he gained his first Class 2 test license on the DC-8-73. The offer of the Auburn job came at a point when he was working at Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) as team leader for the Boeing MD-11, and for Weber it could not have come at a better time. "I was looking for a new professional challenge in the company before starting my semi-retirement in the summer of 2015. So the invitation to take over as Head of Production for the Lockheed Super Star could not have been more opportune. It will be the proverbial final touch to my career at Lufthansa Technik."

After the outsourcing of the operational and administrative tasks, which Manfred Rosenthal has taken over on the project, the new Head of Production now focuses entirely on the forthcoming challenges in his area. Here Weber regards the remaining structural work as by far the top priority. "We have to pull out all the stops to complete the structural work as fast as possible. Making the most effective use of the scarce manpower resources is uppermost in my mind," he says. In parallel to this the first installations of overhaul components are under way. "But in that area too there are still a number of unknowns that we have to get a grip on if we are to keep to the production schedule which, although realistic, is still very tight."

The new Head of Production is full of praise for his team and above all for the achievements of his predecessor. "I cannot emphasize enough what has been accomplished over the years here, starting from scratch." Even if the challenges encountered over the coming months should cause worry lines to appear on his brow, Edmund Weber faces the future with optimism: "It is a real pleasure to lead this unique project with an international team to success."