“I made it to Tokyo!” (or, “A Fun Meme For a Serious Industry”)

As part of my consulting work over at Cerado, I’ve been helping the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) market their new certification program through community-building tools on the Internet. This has involved a whole lot of stuff, and my favorite piece just launched yesterday: The PAMA Global Challenge.

The PAMA Global Challenge is an online quiz that uses questions similar to the ones on the certification exam (which means they’re hard). For each question you get right, you keep your 747 in working repair so it can fly to the next city on its trip around the world. For non-mechanics (like me), it’s not a question of “Can I make it all the way home?” so much as “Where will I get stranded?


This project was extra-fun to work on because:

  • I got to collaborate with Jordan Eisenberg on the PHP code.
  • The maps were built to emulate the style used in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • We were creating something fun for a serious industry.

Christopher Carfi has a nice writeup of the project if you want to learn more.

Here’s what really gets me, though: Despite the fact that I created the quiz and inserted the test questions, I still seem to only be able to make it to Tokyo. Seriously, now, I think I should be able to do better than that.

Do me a favor and give the challenge a run-through. My ego wants to know how far you can get.

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3 Responses to ““I made it to Tokyo!” (or, “A Fun Meme For a Serious Industry”)”

  1. Severe Says:


    Apparently ah may have the drive to be an excellent aviation maintenance professional, but need some training first.

    How long do these trainings take? Will ah feel stupid fer nawt signin up fer one when ah moved here?

    also – this is pretty neat!

  2. Joshua Jones Says:

    Tokyo, That’s it. Common sense got me nowhere.

  3. tristan Says:

    ah! i made it to london :)