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2012 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 49 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors ( http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org ).  The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.  Previous national awards winners from each of those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are Marvin Hornbostel of Junction City, Kansas, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Eric Christopher “Rick” Ochs of Gahanna, Ohio, Avionics Technician of the Year; MCFI Hobart Caleb “Hobie” Tomlinson of Huntington, Vermont, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; and Jeanné Carole Willerth of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.  Previously, this award was the Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year.

The FAA administrator will present the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2012 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.  Included in the prize package for all four national winners is an all expense paid trip toOshkoshfor the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation and other GA Awards activities.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards chairperson.  “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

2012 NATIONAL AMT OF THE YEAR:  Marvin Hornbostel ofJunction City,Kansas is a recipient of the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic who has been working more than 50 years as an airframe and powerplant (A&P) technician.  He has held inspection authorization (IA) for 40 of those years.

Marvin Hornbostel

His passion for airplanes started early.  Growing up during World War II, his dream was to fly B-17s.  Of course, the war didn’t wait for him but when his dad gave him his first rubber band powered balsa model airplane, his future was decided.

He began his career in aviation with the United States Army atFort Rucker,Alabama, where he received basic aviation maintenance training followed by two years of service inGermany.  After discharge, he worked with a maintenance contractor atFort Riley,Kansas, performing maintenance on Army aircraft.  Thirty-two years later, he retired as the shop supervisor.

During his years atFortRiley, Marvin spent his spare time working on general aviation aircraft while learning all he could about fabric covering.  His first complete restoration in 1968 was a 1941 Taylorcraft.  Two of his restored aircraft have been award winners at airshows inOshkoshandBlakesburg,Iowa.

After retiring in 1990, he continued restoring fabric aircraft at his home in ruralJunction City.  Within a short time, his ability to work with fabric covering became widely known and turned into a business.  Marvin, along with his son Jon, own and operate Raven Aero Service, which was formed in 1992.  Raven specializes in antique and classic aircraft restoration.  Shortly thereafter, the business outgrew the facility and was relocated toJunction City’s Freeman Field (3JC).  Raven currently has four full time employees.

Marvin provides summer jobs for students interested in aircraft restoration fromKansasStateUniversity’sAviationSchool.  He also works with the Junction City High School Guided Study Program to provide hands-on training to students interested in aviation maintenance.  Additionally, he provides work experience and mentorship to Army aviation maintenance technicians to help them transition into civilian careers.

Marvin serves on the Junction City Airport Aviation Advisory Board and is president of EAA Chapter 1364, the “Wing Nuts.”  With a grant from The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, he was instrumental in starting a Youth Aviation Education Program in the local chapter.  The group participates in EAA’s Young Eagles Program, has built a flight simulator, and is presently constructing a Bowers Fly-Baby.

Marvin has been married to his high school sweetheart, Janice for 55 years.  Together they have four children and five grandchildren.

Hornbostel (RavenAS@Flinthills.com) represented the Wichita FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include Patrick Michael “Pat” Carey of Redondo Beach, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); Jack Lynn Haun of Port Orange, FL (FAA’s Southern Region); Robert Lee Hensley of Oklahoma City, OK (FAA’s Southwest Region); Jacob Rama “Jake” Milstein of Boulder, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Steven Nelson “Steve” Skinner from Northfield, VT (FAA’s Eastern Region); and Janese ValerieThatcher-Buzzell of Inver Grove Heights, MN (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).  (Attached photo: 2012 Nat’l Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year Marvin Hornbostel of Junction City, KS.)    [523 words]

 

2012 NATIONAL AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:  Eric Christopher “Rick” Ochs ofGahanna,Ohio has been named the 2012 National Avionics Technician of the Year.  He owns and manages Spirit Avionics Limited, an FAA certified Part 145 repair station at Port Columbus Airport (CMH) inColumbus,Ohio.

Rick Ochs

Rick grew up inColumbusas an avid hot-rodder and attended a vocational education program entitled “Communications Electronics” in high school.  It was there that he developed an interest in electronics and nurtured his mechanical aptitude.

He obtained his formal avionics training in the United States Navy and began his career on the flight deck of the carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) as an avionics troubleshooter.  After his discharge from service, he received additional avionics education in the industry via a succession of positions at large and small companies.

In March of 2000, he founded his own company, Spirit Avionics.  The business began as a one-man operation.  Presently, Spirit Avionics employees 10 people and services military, federal, corporate, and private aircraft.

With over 25 years of avionics experience, Rick is a well-known leader within the avionics community.  He has been dedicated to establishing avionics technician national certification and academic accreditation standards to enhance professional development.  He also is heavily involved in industry and FAA initiatives to properly recognize avionics technicians for their critical role in aircraft maintenance and modifications.

Rick currently works on initiatives to elevate the professional credentials of aircraft technicians through his involvement with theNationalCenterfor Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT).  NCATT is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing globally recognized training accreditation and certification standards to qualify aerospace professionals in their respective career fields.  They’ve developed industry certification standards for aircraft electronics technicians and he is working in their workshops to help establish standards and credentialing requirements for professional avionics technicians.

In addition to serving on the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) board of directors, Rick is chairman of the AEA’s Member Benefits Committee and is the FAA Ambassador for the Columbus FSDO.  He serves on the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Maintenance Manager’s committee and co-chairs the Advanced Training and Education sub-committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Youth Aviation Adventure program.

A soon-to-be-instrument-rated private pilot, Rick also holds Radio 1, 2 & 3 repairman certificates and an Airframe Mechanic certificate as well as an FCC General Radio Operator license.  He regularly flies the company’s Cessna 182 with the latest avionics technologies installed by the Spirit Avionics team.

A member of the EAA who regularly participates in FAA FAASTeam outreach initiatives, Rick is married to Pam and they have four children.

Ochs (Rick@SpiritAvionics.com) represented the Columbus FSDO area and the FAA’s Great Lakes Region.  This year’s other regional Avionics Technician of the Year winners include John Tildon Austin Jr of Honolulu, HI (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); William David “Bill” Betts from Smithfield, NC (FAA’s Eastern Region); and James Andrew “Jim” Lightfoot Sr of Milliken, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region).  (Attached photo: 2012 Nat’l Avionics Technician of the Year Rick Ochs of Gahanna, OH)   [508 words]

 

2012 NATIONAL CFI OF THE YEAR:   Master CFI Hobart Caleb “Hobie” Tomlinson of Huntington, Vermont, has been named the 2012 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.  He is employed by Heritage Aviation at Burlington (BTV) and is an independent flight instructor as well as a designated pilot examiner (DPE).  Not only is he a current 5-time Master CFI but in 2010, he earned the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Hobie Tomlinson

Hobie inherited his love of aviation from his father who was a WWII US Army instructor pilot inBurlington.  After his dad taught him to fly, Hobie went on to earn commercial, instrument, multi-engine, airline transport pilot certifications as well as flight instructor ratings and several type ratings.  He has amassed more than 35,000 total flight hours.

In 1964, Hobie graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology inBostonwith a major in Aircraft Maintenance Technology and an Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.  After graduating fromVermontMilitaryAcademy, he served a six-year tour in the Vermont National Guard.  Meanwhile, he worked as a flight instructor, aircraft mechanic, and charter pilot for Northern Airways.

Hobie earned his initial flight instructor certification in 1965 and has been an active CFI ever since.  He always finds a way to be a teacher in virtually every job setting.  Today, his primary areas of specialty are in instrument and multiengine training at the CFI and ATP levels as well as tailwheel aircraft and seaplanes.  He is also a Cirrus (CSIP) certified instructor, has served as an FAA DPE since 1977, and has accumulated over 11,000 instructional hours since becoming a CFI.

A FAASTeam lead representative for his local FSDO, he presents safety seminars and writes a monthly safety newsletter for over 300 subscribers.  He was also responsible for presenting and advising on the eight-part CFI workshops and routinely participates in the Northeast Safety Expo.  Additionally, he has earned and maintains the FAA Master-level WINGS.

Starting in 1967, Hobie spent the next 33 years as a flight engineer, pilot, and simulator instructor with Trans World Airlines (TWA).  Since 2005, he has been Heritage Aviation’s director of safety and a Citation CE560XL check airman.  He is also responsible for creating and teaching safety management systems (SMS) curricula to all employees.

Married with two grown daughters, Hobie is an EAA Flight Advisor as well as a member of AOPA, SAFE, NAFI, WBA, VAA, IAC, and SPA.

Tomlinson (HobieTW@att.net) represented the Portland Maine FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Eastern Region.  This year’s other regional CFI of the Year winners include Lambert Charles “Bert” Mackentepe of Cullman, AL (FAA’s Southern Region); MCFI Lynnwood Karl “Woody” Minar of Dresser, WI (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Dave William Pressy of Saint Louis, MO (FAA’s Central Region); Robert Lindsay “Bob” Stedman of Parker, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Christopher Charles “Chris” Webb from Garland, TX (FAA’s Southwest Region); and Donna Marie Webster of Bakersfield, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).  (Attached photo: 2012 Nat’l Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year MCFI Hobie Tomlinson of Huntington, VT)    [504 words]

 

2012 NATIONAL FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:  Jeanné Carole Willerth ofLee’s Summit,MO, is the 2012 National FAASTeam Representative of the Year.  Her personal mantra is “aspire to inspire before you expire!”  She believes true leadership requires giving back.  Whether it is lobbying for general aviation, recruiting new members for the 99s, or fulfilling aVietnam veteran’s last wish for a flight overKansas City, Jeanné is a leader.

Jeanné Willerth

Growing up in Omaha,Nebraska, Jeanné was exposed early on to general aviation.  Both of her parents were avid aviators.  Her mother, a “Powder Puff Derby” cross-country air racer, taught Jeanné to fly at the Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) inOmahawhere she instructed.  Catching the air race bug, Jeanné went along as her mom’s copilot in two All Women’s International Air Races.

In 1991, after 14 years of concentrating on family and a computer-marketing career, Jeanné started flying again.  In 1998, she entered the 2400 mile Air Race Classic with her mother and her then 17-year-old daughter, a student pilot.  She received a scholarship from the 99s in 1999 and earned her instrument rating, followed by single engine and multiengine commercial ratings.

After managing computer training centers and teaching computer science at a college, she shifted gears.  Her next career change involved flying and adding a CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI, and MEI along with presenting aviation safety seminars nationwide.  She also became a volunteer FAA Aviation Safety Counselor.

Jeanné instructs at Air Associates, a CPC at Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC) inKansas Cityand atLee’s SummitAirport(LXT) where she chairs the airport board.  She has over 2,000 hours and teaches primary, instrument, multiengine, and Garmin G1000 transition training.  She’s also a mentor for “late in life” learners and specializes in getting dormant pilots successfully back in the air.

A believer in lifelong learning, she’s a supporter of the Wings Pilot Proficiency Program.  In recent years, she helped the FAA coordinate and present the eight quarterly training modules for CFIs.  In addition to presenting safety seminars, she helps organize the annual FAA’s annual Safety Stand-Down.

In the 90’s, Jeanné started flying children to Shrine hospitals with her father.  She has now become a passionate advocate for public benefit flying and volunteers for Angel Flight Central, Pilots ‘n Paws, Challenge Air, and Young Eagles.  She is a past chair of the Greater Kansas City 99s and serves on the local Missouri Pilot’s Association board.  She is also a member of AOPA, EAA, The 99s, NAFI, and the American Bonanza Society (ABS).

Jeanné is married toLee’s Summitattorney Joe Willerth and they have three grown children.

Willerth (Willerth1@comcast.net ) represented the Kansas City FSDO area and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional winners include Mark Alan “Mordechai” Levin of Richmond, IL (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Richard Lawrence “Rich” Martindell of San Diego, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); Betty Grace Meyer of Clanton, AL (FAA’s Southern Region); MCFI Megan Roberta Sayre from Bennett, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Arthur Robert “Art” Tarola of Kutztown PA (FAA’s Eastern Region); and Henry Lee Weatherford of Mustang, OK (FAA’s Southwest Region).  (Attached photo: 2012 Nat’l FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year Jeanné Willerth of Lee’s Summit, MO.)    [541 words]

Support and sponsorship for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the Ninety-Nines International (The 99s), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), and the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA).

Additional support is being provided by Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), Aeronautical Proficiency Training LLC (AVTrain), Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), and Rich Stowell Consulting (RichStowell.com).

Alexander “Sandy” Hill, Communications Director
GA Awards Program
Office: 303-485-8136  /  C: 303-475-6008
GenAviationAwds@aol.com
http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/

“GA Awards:  FAA & Industry Recognizing Excellence”

 

2012 Regional GA Awards Winners Named

The National General Aviation Awards Committee takes great pride in announcing this year’s regional General Aviation Awards winners.  They are all finalists for the national awards.  The mission of the General Aviation Awards program is to recognize individual aviation professionals on the local, regional, and national levels for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.  The national judging is currently underway and national winners will be announced not later than March 1st.

The GA Awards program is a cooperative effort between more than 17 general aviation industry sponsors and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chair.  “The awards program sponsors and supporters are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals are receiving the recognition they so richly deserve.”

This year’s regional winners are:

2012 Regional Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) of the Year

Patrick Michael “Pat” Carey of Redondo Beach, California represents the Los Angeles FSDO and the Western Pacific Region.  He works for Security Aviation in Hawthorne, California  (Pat00343@aol.com).

Jack Lynn Haun of Port Orange, Florida
was recognized by the Orlando FSDO and the Southern Region.  Jack is employed by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s maintenance center in Daytona Beach (HaunJ@ERAU.edu).

Robert Lee Hensley lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
and represents the Oklahoma City FSDO as well as the Southwest Region.  Robert works at Metro Technology Aviation Career Center and owns H & H Aircraft Maintenance (Robert.Hensley@MetroTech.edu)

Marvin Hornbostel lives and works in Junction City, Kansas
.  Marvin represents the Wichita FSDO and the Central Region.  He owns Raven Aero Services   (RavenAS@flinthills.com).

Jacob Rama “Jake” Milstein from Boulder, Colorado
represents the Denver FSDO and Northwest Mountain Region.  Jake is employed by Redstone College in Broomfield and owns Lila Aviation is Boulder. (Tele.Skiing@gmail.com)

Steven Nelson “Steve” Skinner from Northfield, Vermont
represents the Portland, Maine FSDO and the Eastern Region.  Steve works for Vermont Flying Services in Barre, Vermont (SNSMiniMansion@hotmail.com).

Janese Valerie Thatcher-Buzzell lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
.  She represents the Minneapolis FSDO and the Great Lakes Region.  Janese is employed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Saint Paul  (JVThatcher@gmail.com)

2012 Regional Avionics Technicians of the Year

John Tildon Austin Jr of Honolulu, Hawaii represents the Honolulu FSDO and the Western Pacific Region.  John is an avionics technician and repairman for Honolulu’s Island Air  (To_JohnnyT@yahoo.com).

William David “Bill” Betts is from Smithfield, North Carolina
and represented the Greensboro FSDO as well as the Eastern Region.  Bill is president and co-owner of Sparkchasers Aircraft Services (Sparkchasers@mindspring.com).

James Andrew “Jim” Lightfoot, Sr is from Milliken, Colorado
.  Jim represents the Denver FSDO and the Northwest Mountain Region.  He works as an avionics / maintenance technician, designated maintenance examiner, and master instructor at Redstone College in Broomfield  (SJLightfoot1@aol.com).

Eric Christopher “Rick” Ochs of Gahanna, Ohio represents the Columbus FSDO and the Great Lakes Region.  Chris is president and chief inspector for Spirit Avionics in Columbus (Rick@SpiritAvionics.com).

2012 Regional Certificated Flight Instructors (CFIs) of the Year

Lambert Charles “Bert” Mackentepe of Cullman, Alabama represents the Birmingham FSDO and the Southern Region.  Bert is the Aviation Department Chair at Wallace State Community College Flight School (BertMackentepe@hotmail.com).

MCFI Lynnwood Karl “Woody” Minar of Dresser, Wisconsin represents the Minneapolis FSDO and the Great Lakes Region.  A 3-time Master, Woody is an independent contractor at Osceola Aerosport (Woody.Minar@CenturyTel.net).

Dave William Pressy of Saint Louis, Missouri represents the Saint Louis FSDO and the Central Region.  Dave is chief flight instructor at the Saint Charles Flying Service in Portage Des Sioux (DaveWPressy@gmail.com).

Robert Lindsay “Bob” Stedman of Parker, Colorado represents the Denver FSDO and the Northwest Mountain Region.  Bob is the owner of Independence Aviation at Centennial Airport (BobStedman@IA-KAPA.com).

MCFI Hobart Caleb “Hobie” Tomlinson of Huntington, Vermont represents the Portland, Maine FSDO and the Eastern Region.  Hobie, a 5-time Master CFI, is a flight instructor and designated pilot examiner (DPE) at Heritage Aviation in South Burlington (HobieTW@att.net).

Christopher Charles ‘Chris” Webb from Garland, Texas represents the Dallas FSDO and the Southwest Region.  Chris is chief flight instructor at American Flyers in Addison  (ChrisCWebb@hotmail.com).

Donna Marie Webster of Bakersfield, California represents the Fresno FSDO and the Western Pacific Region.  Donna is a DPE and instructs for Lloyd’s Aviation in Bakersfield (ADF332@yahoo.com).

2012 Regional FAASTeam Representatives of the Year

Mark Alan “Mordechai” Levin of Richmond, Illinois is the DuPage FSDO and Great Lakes Region Representative of the Year.  A former 2-time Master CFI, Mordechai is employed by the Masterflight Foundation (MordechaiLevin@hotmail.com).

Richard Lawrence “Rich” Martindell of San Diego, California represents the San Diego FSDO and the Western Pacific Region.  Rich works with King Schools (Rich.Martindell@earthlink.net, RMart@KingSchools.com).

Betty Grace Meyer of Clanton, Alabama represents the Birmingham FSDO and the Southern Region.  Betty owns and operates the Alabama Aviator, an aviation news source for Alabama’s aviation industry, and volunteers at the FAA Production Studios in Lakeland (BMeyer@AlabamaAviator.com, BMeyer5114@Charter.net).

MCFI Megan Roberta Sayre of Bennett, Colorado was selected by the Denver FSDO and the Northwest Mountain Region.  Megan is a 2-time Master and an adjunct instructor at Denver’s Metropolitan State College as well as a flight and ground instructor at Alliance Flight Training in Watkins.  (SayreMegan@ymail.com).

Arthur Robert “Art” Tarola of Kutztown, Pennsylvania is the Allentown FSDO and the Eastern Region winner.  Art operates AB Flight LLC providing flight instruction, DPE services, and aircraft sales in support of the experimental amateur built and light sport communities (Art@ABFlight.com).

Harry Lee Weatherford of Mustang, Oklahoma was selected by the Oklahoma City FSDO and the Southwest Region.  Harry is a flight, ground, and simulator instructor who owns Precision Flight LLC (Weatherfordco@aol.com).

Jeanne Carole Willerth from Lee’s Summit, Missouri is the Kansas City FSDO and Central Region winner.  Jeanne is a flight and ground instructor at Air Associates of Kansas, a Cessna Pilot Center in Olathe, Kansas  (Willerth1@comcast.net).

Support and sponsorship for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the Ninety-Nines International (The 99s), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), and the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA).

Additional support is being provided by Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AFASF), Aeronautical Proficiency Training LLC (AVTrain), Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), Rich Stowell Consulting (RichStowell.com), Flight School Association of North America (FSANA), Aviation Training Consultants (ATC), and Glenna Blackwell’s photography.

Industry donors include Garmin, Jeppesen, King Schools, Rod Machado, Belvoir Media Group, Bose, ASA, Duncan Aviation, Gleim Publications, Gulfstream Aerospace, Cessna, and Universal Avionics.


2011 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 48 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors (http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org ).  The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.  Previous national awards winners from each of those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are Joseph “Joe” Morales of Lakewood, Colorado, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Russell John “Russ” Callender of Houlton, Wisconsin, Avionics Technician of the Year; MCFI-Aerobatic Judy Ann Phelps of Santa Paula, California, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; and MCFI Vicki Lynn Sherman of DeLand, Florida, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.  Previously, this award was the Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year.

The FAA administrator will present the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2011 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.  Included in the prize package for all four national winners is an all expense paid trip toOshkoshfor the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation and other GA Awards activities.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.  “The awards program sponsors and supporters are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

 

Joe Morales

2011 NATIONAL AMT OF THE YEAR:  Joe Morales of Lakewood, Colorado, has been an airframe and powerplant (A&P) technician for 31 years and has held inspection authorization (IA) for 18 of those years.  Joe works at the US Air Force Academy for Doss Aviation Inc (http://www.DossAviation.com/) performing contract maintenance on aircraft used in the academy’s soaring and skydiving programs.  Joe is also a CFI and provides flight training at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC) inBroomfield,Colorado, on a part time basis.

Joe has had a fascination with aviation since he was a child.  Growing up in a housing project onStaten Island,New York, he built rubber band powered balsawood models and flew them from the rooftop of his apartment building.  His parents weren’t crazy about this but still encouraged his interest in aviation.

Completing his A&P training after high school, Joe began employment at Lockheed in 1980 where he spent time in the Skunk Works and later on the P-3C Orion flight line.  Eventually Joe became a field Quality Assurance Representative and spent 5 years inCanada.  After Lockheed closed theirBurbankfacility, Joe worked at various manufacturing and modification facilities.  He even spent time on the B-2 Stealth Bomber production line as well as working in general aviation.  During the early 1990s, Joe earned his private pilot certificate and eventually became a CFI as well as a CFII.

During the mid-1990s, Joe joined the US Naval reserve and served with Patrol Squadron 65 out ofPoint Mugu,Californiaas an Aviation Machinist’s Mate working on some of the very same P-3s he helped build 15 years earlier.  After several years at Southern California’sMojaveAirportwhere he was first exposed to warbirds, Joe relocated toColorado.

Joe became very involved in the jet warbird community and has helped several owners maintain surplus military jets.  In 2008, Joe was crew chief for a Rolls Royce Viper powered Aerovodochody L29 piloted by Mike Mangold of Red Bull fame at the National Championship Air Races held inReno.  Mike and Joe placed second, quite an accomplishment for a rookie pilot and crew chief.

He currently serves as chief inspector at two repair stations operated by Doss Aviation.  A single parent and the father of two young daughters who are the love of his life, Joe carefully divides his time between his two passions, family and aviation.  A member of the AMT Society and AOPA, he is a FAASTeam representative and a captain in the Civil Air Patrol.

Morales (JMor1515@msn.com) represented the Denver FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include Steven Floyd “Steve” Barbieri of Summerville, SC (FAA’s Southern Region); Rhonda Dale Cooper of Wilmington, DE (FAA’s Eastern Region); Russell Mark Gaines of Benton, AR (FAA’s Southwest Region); Arthur Daniel “Art” Gee of Victorville, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); Robert George “Bob” Schallip Jr from Barbeau, MI (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and Duane Keeley “Chip” Woods of Moscow, TN (FAA’s Central Region).

 

Russ Callender

2011 NATIONAL AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:  Russ Callender of Houlton,Wisconsin, has been selected by the General Aviation Awards program as the 2011 National Avionics Technician of the Year.  He holds a Federal Aviation Administration repairman certificate and is a certificated private pilot with over 32 years of avionics maintenance and repair experience ranging from a light sport aircraft through cabin class business jets.

He is president of RC Avionics (http://www.RCAvionics.com/ ) with the main facility on Anoka County Airport (ANE) inBlaine,Minnesota.  Additional servicing facilities are located at Crystal Airport (MIC) inMinneapolis, Saint Paul Downtown (STP) inSaint Paul, and New Richmond Regional Airport (RNH) in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Russ began working with an engineering group, Control Data Display Division, where several co-workers were aviators.  With his interest in aviation tweaked, he joined a flying club in 1972.  Along with his pilot training, he became interested in the technical aspects of flying.  He aspired to the business side of flying by becoming an officer in a flying club.  In 1974, he left CDC to continue his education in avionics.  Two years later, he graduated from a technical college inAlexandria,Minnesota, specializing in avionics maintenance.

He gained avionics experience by working for Elliott Aviation inDes Moinesand Aircraft Electronics inMinneapolis.  Concurrently, he owned and ran a consumer electronics repair shop called “Sight and Sounds.”  In 1978, he concentrated on opening an avionics repair facility where he designed and fabricated test equipment and secured an FAA certified repair station (CRS).  This start-up avionics shop was later renamed RC Avionics.  The shop grew into a 15-employee, 4-location company providing avionics maintenance for the upperMidwest.

Overseeing the entire operation, Russ supervises, trains, and mentors new avionics technicians.  Although the business has expanded in capability with a large complement of skilled technicians, the doors have always been open to all facets of aviation.  It is not uncommon to have biz jets and Cubs side-by-side in the shop.  Today, his business model is still avionics repair and tooling up to newer technologies.

RC Avionics, a part 145 operation, has recently expanded its facility to add electronic flight simulation.  Russ’s philosophy is with today’s aircraft panel instrumentation, pilot training is an essential ingredient of every sale.  RC Avionics has teamed up with SimFliteMinnesota, to provide ‘niche’ training for pilots with new avionics.  Customers now have access to flight training and glass cockpit simulators while their aircraft are being up-graded or their panels redesigned with state-of-the-art avionics thereby enhancing pilot proficiency and aviation safety.

A US Army veteran, he is a member of AEA, AOPA, EAA, and NATA.

Callender (RussC@RCAvionics.com ) represented the Minneapolis FSDO area and the FAA’s Great Lakes Region.  This year’s other regional Avionics Technician of the Year winners include Andrew John “Andy” Braun of Hilltown, PA (FAA’s Eastern Region); Nora Sue “Sue” Odom  Panama City, FL (FAA’s Southern Region) and Delbert Leroy “Del” Willeford Jr from Phoenix, AZ (FAA’s Southwestern Region).

 

Judy Phelps

2011 NATIONAL CFI OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI-Aerobatic Judy Phelps ofSanta Paula,California has been named the 2011 National Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year.  Bringing a rare but effective feminine perspective to aviation education, she has provided more than 5,000 hours of flight training ranging from primary, instrument, and commercial instruction to tailwheel endorsements, experimental aircraft checkouts, emergency maneuver, spin, and aerobatic training.

Judy and her husband Clay, also a CFI, own and operate the popular and well-known CP Aviation (http://www.CPAviation.com ) at Santa Paula Airport (SZP).  She runs the flight school side of their business, while he oversees the maintenance side.  Their FBO averages approximately 6,000 flight hours per year with pilots coming from around the world to train there.

As a private pilot looking to gain confidence, Judy enrolled in the Emergency Maneuver Training (EMT) Program with fellow MCFI-A Rich Stowell.  Her EMT experience proved transformative: Judy chose to devote herself to becoming an aviation educator.  Although she spread her private pilot training over a five-year period, she soared through the next set of ratings becoming a CFI in 2003 and a CFII two years later.

Judy freely gives back to the aviation community as a volunteer, a mentor, and an instructor.  For example, she sponsors an annual EMT Program scholarship worth more than $2,000 as well as tailwheel training scholarships.  She has also hosted an annual judge’s school for the International Aerobatic Club (IAC).  In addition, she leads FAA safety seminars throughoutCalifornia.

Women comprise less than ten percent of the pilot population.  But as a role model and advocate for women in aviation, Judy has had a noticeable effect on the number of women learning to fly.  Counting Judy, CP Aviation currently has three female instructors on staff, and it’s not uncommon for female voices to outnumber male voices on the radio in the pattern.

A 3-time Master CFI-Aerobatic — the country’s first and only woman to earn that accreditation —  Judy’s involvement reaches well beyond the cockpit and classroom.  She is a proactive member of organizations such as the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the Ninety-Nines, AOPA, EAA, International Aerobatic Club (IAC), Women in Aviation, and Rotary.  Judy has also competed in aerobatic contests in a Pitts and is an IAC regional judge.  She currently serves as president of the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula and is a FAASTeam representative.

Phelps (Judy@CPAviation.com ) represented the Van Nuys FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional CFIs of the Year include Cleophas Uriel “Cleo” Hodge of Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands (FAA’s Southern Region); MCFI-MGI Theodore Alexander “Ted” Matthews of Aurora, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Jonathan Carter Moss from Arkadelphia, AR (FAA’s Southwest Region); Janice Lynn Newman of Rye, NH (FAA’s Eastern Region); Paul Michael “Mike” Wagers from Louisville, KY (FAA’s Central Region); and Therese Catherine Whiting of Ann Arbor, MI (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).

 

Vicki Sherman

2011 NATIONAL FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI Vicki Lynn Sherman is a teacher, mentor, and aviation safety advocate.  As an Aviation Safety Counselor and FAASTeam Representative, she has been involved in the FAA’s safety program since 1992.  She works at the FAASTeam’s National Resource Center in Lakeland, Florida, as a video production crewmember, presentation developer, and presenter for the North Florida FSDO and the FAA Production Studios.  She is also the owner and president of Aero Supplies & Express, Inc (http://www.Aero-Supplies.net/) located inDaytona Beach,Florida.

During the year as a FAASTeam Lead Representative, Vicki conducts monthly safety programs.  She arranges for a wide variety of aviation experts to speak to local pilots.  She is a member of the Safety Program Speakers Bureau for northFlorida.  During the week of the annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly In and Expo inLakeland, she serves as a crewmember for the FAA Production Studios.

Her passion for flying comes from her earliest recollections of flight — barely being able to see over the Bonanza’s dashboard while landing on grass strips and viewingMount Rushmorefrom a doorless helicopter.  After graduating from college, she finally had the time to devote to earning her flying credentials.  These include an airline transport pilot certificate and certificated flight instructor (CFI).

Her first aviation job was managing the day-to-day operations at a flight school and fixed base operation.  She developed and promoted flight training programs for international students, assisting them with their entry and exit paperwork and finding housing for them during their training.

Vicki has been a lifelong supporter and member of The Ninety-Nines having served at every level of the organization from chapter chairperson to International President.  Currently, she is a permanent member of the Board of Trustees for The Bonnie & Archie Gann Scholarship for flight instructor applicants.  Representing The Ninety Nines, she has contributed to Sun ‘n Fun, the NASA Aerospace Education Program, and the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.

An advisor for Women in Aviation-Florida First Coast Chapter, she shares the goals of the organization.  Vicki mentors other women to attain their objectives in aviation and works to educate young women in the important roles women play in the aviation industry.  Numerous boards of directors benefit from her experience including the Florida Association of Flight Instructors, the National Aviation Safety Foundation, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Visitors, and the National Silver Wings Fraternity.  She is a member of AOPA, EAA, SAFE, and Women in Aviation while also serving in the Civil Air Patrol.

Sherman(VickiLynnSherman@cs.com) represented the Orlando/North Florida FSDO area and the FAA’s Southern Region.  This year’s other regional winners include Gerald “Jerry” Harris of Wilmington, DE (FAA’s Eastern Region); Mark Edward Hartz of Almyra, AR (FAA’s Southwestern Region); Scott Daniel Johnson is from Eagan, MN (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); MCFI William Henry “Bill” Schroeder of Carson City, NV (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); John Robert Scott of Denver, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); and James Edward “Jim” Trusty of Old Hickory, TN (FAA’s Central Region).

Support and sponsorship for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), and the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA).

Additional support is being provided by Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), Aeronautical Proficiency Training LLC (AVTrain), Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), and Rich Stowell Consulting (RichStowell.com).

2011 Regional GA Awards Winners Named

The National General Aviation Awards Committee takes great pride in announcing this year’s regional General Aviation Awards winners who are also finalists for the national awards.  The mission of the General Aviation Awards program is to recognize individual aviation professionals on the local, regional, and national levels for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.  The program is a cooperative effort between more than 17 general aviation industry sponsors and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The national judging has now begun and national winners will be announced not later than March 1st.  This year’s regional winners are:

REGIONAL CERTIFICATED FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS (CFIs) OF THE YEAR

Cleophas Uriel “Cleo” Hodge of Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands represents the Southern Region.  Cleo is the owner, chief flight instructor, check airman, and pilot examiner at Ace Flight Center.  He also serves as a FAASTeam Lead Representative for the FAA’s safety program and is a Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer pilot ( CleoHodge@hotmail.com ).

MCFI – MGI Theodore Alexander “Ted” Matthews of Aurora Colorado represents the Northwest Mountain Region.  Ted is a Master CFI and a Master Ground Instructor at Aspen Flying Club providing flight and ground training at Denver’s Centennial Airport (APA).  Specializing in primary, advanced, and simulator training, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA’s Denver FSDO area ( CPFerret@hotmail.com ).

Jonathan Carter Moss represents the Southwest Region and is from Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  Jonathan is the chief flight instructor and a faculty member at Henderson State University performing stage checks and teaching aviation courses.  He serves as a FAASTeam Representative in the FAA’s Little Rock FSDO area ( MossJ@HSU.edu ).

Janice Lynn Newman of Rye, New Hampshire is the Eastern Region winner.  She owns and manages Premier Aviation, a technically advanced aircraft flight school at Portsmouth International (PSM).  Janice also serves as a FAASTeam representative and flew mercy flights after the Haitian earthquake in a Pilatus PC-12 ( JLNewman@FlyKPSM.com ).

MCFI-A Judy Ann Phelps of Santa Paula, California is the Western-Pacific Regional winner.  Judy is a Master CFI-Aerobatic who teaches spin and tailwheel endorsements and emergency maneuver training.  She also instructs private, commercial and instrument students at CP Aviation at (SZP) Santa Paula Airport.  She is a member of the FAASTeam with the Van Nuys FSDO and volunteers with the Ninety Nines and IAC, the International Aerobatic Club ( Judy@CPAviation.com ).  (2011 National CFI winner)

MCFI Paul Michael “Mike” Wagers represents the Central Region.  Mike is from Louisville, Kentucky and is the chief flight instructor and Department Chair for the Academy at Shawnee, an aviation magnet school that is the only FAA recognized Part 141 flight program at the high school level.  He also participates in the FAAST program and the Civil Air Patrol youth programs ( PMWagers@yahoo.com ).

Theresa Catherine Whiting of Ann Arbor, Michigan was selected by the Great Lakes Region.  She is the chief flight instructor at Solo Aviation, Inc, a Part 141 flight school at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (ARB), and is active in Women in Aviation and Girls with Wings.  Therese raised over $4000 for Angel Flight charity in the Air Race Classic 2010 ( Theresa.Whiting@gmail.com ).

REGIONAL AVIONICS TECHNICIANS OF THE YEAR

Andrew John “Andy” Braun of Hilltown, Pennsylvania represents the Philadelphia FSDO and the Eastern Region.  Andy is the Senior Avionics Technician on the Flightline at Agusta Westland a subsidiary of Agusta Aerospace Corporation at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport.  He utilizes his background as an airframe and powerplant technician, a fixed wing pilot and his recent rotor wing certification to ground test, to flight test and to troubleshoot ( Andrew.Braun@AgustaWestland.com ).

Russell John “Russ” Callender is from Houlton, Wisconsin and is the Great Lakes Region and Minneapolis FSDO avionics technician of the year.  Russ owns R C. Avionics, Inc located on the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, Minnesota.  He holds a private pilot certificate, a repairman certificate and has been servicing aircraft for more than 30 years.  He specializes in computer redesign of aircraft panels ( RussC@RCAvionics.com ).  (2011 National AVN winner)

Nora Sue “Sue” Odom lives and works in Panama City, Florida and represents the Southern Region as well as the Alabama/Northwest Florida FSDO.  Sue has been employed by Coastal Helicopters, Inc for more than 15 years.  She holds FAA certificates for repairman and private pilot.  Sue works on both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft updating, retrofitting, and installing new equipment ( Sue.Odom@CoastalHelicopters.net ).

Delbert Leroy “Del” Willeford Jr hails from Phoenix, Arizona and was recognized by the Southwestern Region and the Scottsdale FSDO.  Del is an FAA certificated repairman as well as a private pilot.  He is the avionics manager for Landmark Aviation a full service FBO for corporate jets at the Scottsdale Airport.  Del got his start in avionics more than 30 years ago while in the USAF ( DWilleford@cox.net ).

REGIONAL AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (AMTs) OF THE YEAR

Steven Floyd “Steve” Barbieri of Summerville, South Carolina is the Southern Region and Columbia FSDO AMT of the year.  He holds airframe and powerplant certificates with inspection authorization and is a private pilot.  He works for Pelican Aviation, Inc a full service FBO at the Summerville/Dorchester County Airport.  Steve has served on the Advisory Board for Trident Technical College and as a Technical Advisor for home built aircraft builders ( S.PlaneDr@gmail.com ).

Rhonda Dale Cooper of Wilmington, Delaware was recognized by the Eastern Region and Philadelphia FSDO.  Rhonda works as an Instructional Course Developer and Trainer for Sikorsky Global Helicopters in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.  She holds an FAA airframe and powerplant certificate and a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction.  Rhonda has earned diamond, ruby and silver AMT awards and serves as a lead representative for the FAASTeam ( Rhonda.Cooper@SikorskyGlobal.com ).

Russell Mark Gaines is the Southwest Region and Little Rock FSDO award winner.  Russell lives in Benton, Arkansas and works for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Angel One Transport operation in Little Rock.  He holds a certificate with airframe and powerplant endorsements with inspection authorization as well as a private pilot certificate.  He works full time at the hospital to maintain two Sikorsky S76C+ helicopters and part time at Metro Aviation ( GainesRM@ARChildrens.org ).

Arthur Daniel “Art” Gee lives and works in Victorville, California.  He represents the Western Pacific Region and the Riverside FSDO.  Art holds FAA airframe and power plant and flight engineer certificates.  His many years as an AMT contribute to his skills as a trainer and youth recruiter.  Art works for the Victor Valley Aviation Education Consortium, which is a collaborative effort of college, city, county, and industry leaders to make training opportunities available ( TechFlyer@earthlink.net ).

Joseph “Joe” Morales from Lakewood, Colorado represents the Denver FSDO and Northwest Mountain Region.  Joe is the quality control manager and repair station chief inspector for Doss Aviation at the United States Air Force Academy.  Doss Aviation, Inc. maintains more than 50 serviceable aircraft in support of various USAFA student flight training activities.  Joe is a certificated airframe and powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization and a certificated flight instructor.  He is a FAASTeam representative and a captain in the Civil Air Patrol ( JMor1515@msn.com ).  (2011 National AMT winner)

Robert George “Bob” Schallip Jr fromBarbeau,Michigan is the Great Lakes Region and the Detroit FSDO.  Bob holds an airframe and power plant certificate with inspection authorization as well as a private pilot certificate from the FAA.  He works for Soo Air, Inc at the Sault Ste Marie Municipal Airport/Sanderson Field

(KANJ).  Bob has earned the silver and gold AMT awards and serves as a FAASTeam Representative ( RGSchallip@sault.com ).

Duane Keeley “Chip” Woods of Moscow, Tennessee was selected by the Central Region and Memphis FSDO.  Chip is an airframe and powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization as well as a private pilot.  He has been employed by FedEx Express in Memphis as a technical writer /auditor for more than 15 years.  Bob owns Dutchman Aero Services at the Hawks Nest Airport (4TN3) which specializes in maintenance, service, and modification of vintage and warbird aircraft.  The holder of a bronze AMT award, he also serves as a FAASTeam Representative ( RaceMech11@aol.com ).

REGIONAL FAASTeam REPRESENTATIVES OF THE YEAR

Gerald “Jerry” Harris of Wilmington, Delaware is the Eastern Region Representative of the Year.  Jerry is a private instrument rated pilot and works with the Philadelphia FSDO as a FAASTeam Lead Representative.  He not only assists with safety programs, he also devotes many hours to developing training materials for both the FAASTeam and the new WINGS program.  He was an Aviation Safety Counselor with the previous FAA safety program and had earned Phase 15 of the old WINGS program ( PilotJerry@verizon.net ).

Mark Edward Hartz of Almyra, Arkansas represents the Southwestern Region.  Mark works with the Little Rock FSDO and the Arkansas Agricultural Aviation Association to promote safe aviation practices.  He is a commercial pilot and holds an airframe and powerplant certificate.  Mark was an Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) before joining the new FAASTeam safety program.  He counsels agricultural pilots about safety and works with those who have experienced aircraft accidents or incidents ( MHartz@futura.net ).

Scott Daniel Johnson represents the Great Lakes Region.  Scott is from Eagan, Minnesota and works with the Minneapolis FSDO.  He is the owner and chief instructor for Stick-n-Rudder Training, LLC and requires all of his students and instructors to participate in the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.  He not only presents safety seminars and CFI/DPE modules for the FAASTeam but also recruits new representatives.  He is very active in the Minnesota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol ( Scott@SticknRudder.com ).

MCFI William Henry “Bill” Schroeder of Carson City, Nevada was selected by the Western Pacific Region.  Bill is a flight and ground instructor whose specialty is flying safely in the mountains.  He instructs for the Reno FSDO FAASTeam and the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.  Bill is a 6-time Master CFI and also holds Master level WINGS.  He serves as a FAASTeam Lead representative and is a facilitator for the CFI/DPE workshops hosted by the FAASTeam program ( CheckPilot@TheGrid.net ).

John Robert Scott of Denver, Colorado is the Northwest Mountain Region winner.  John is a flight and ground instructor as well as a designated pilot examiner (DPE) and a FAASTeam lead representative in the Denver FSDO area.  He is responsible for the quarterly CFI/DPE seminars for the Denver FSDO and participates in a wide range of safety programs throughout the area.  Recently he received the authority to conduct flight checks for initial CFIs ( John@DPEColorado.com ).

MCFI Vicki Lynn Sherman of Deland, Florida was selected by the Orlando/Northern Florida FSDO and the Southern Region.  Vicki is a flight, ground, and simulator instructor who sponsors and teaches many FAAST/WINGS seminars.  Since 1992, she has been a crewmember of the FAA Production Studios as a speaker, a hostess, and an interviewer.  A 3-time Master CFI, she volunteers with the Ninety Nines, the Florida Association of Flight Instructors, and the National Aviation Safety Foundation ( VickiLynnSherman@cs.com ).  (2011 National FAAST winner)

James Edward “Jim” Trusty is the Nashville FSDO and Central Region winner.  Jim is a flight and ground instructor from Old Hickory, Tennessee and works for Howell Enterprises in Smyrna.  He is a long time volunteer with the FAA’s safety program.  He teaches several safety seminars every year, conducts WINGS weekends and writes aviation safety articles ( Lrn2Fly@bellsouth.net ).

Support and sponsorship for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA), and Aircraft Electronics Ass’n (AEA).

Additional support is being provided by Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), Aeronautical Proficiency Training LLC (AVTrain), Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), and Rich Stowell Consulting.

2010 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 47 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors.  The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.  Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are Neil John Nederfield of Lafayette, New Jersey, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Kirk Harold Peterson of Larimore, North Dakota, Avionics Technician of the Year; MCFI Jeffery Robert “Jeff” Moss of Los Angeles, California, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; and MCFI Thomas Paul “Tom” Turner of Rose Hill, Kansas, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.  Previously, this award was the Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year.

The FAA administrator will present the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2010 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.  Included in the prize package for all four national winners is an all expense paid trip toOshkoshfor the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation and other GA Awards activities.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.  “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

 

2010 NATIONAL AMT OF THE YEAR:  Neil Nederfield ofFairfield,New Jersey, has been an airframe and powerplant (A&P) technician for 45 years and has held inspection authorization (IA) for 15 of those years.  Neil and his son Sean own C & W Aero Services, an FAA Certified Repair

Neil Nederfield

Station, located at Essex County Airport (CDW) inCaldwell,New Jersey.

A four-year tour in the United States Navy launched thisViet Namveteran’s career in aviation maintenance.  Neil attended schools for aviation airframe sheet metal and paint corrosion control and then served with VA72 aboard aircraft carriers from 1965 to 1969 working on Douglas A-4 Skyhawks.  After an honorable discharge as a Petty Officer 2nd Class, he continued to work in aviation maintenance.  Following ten years of employment at C & W Electronics, Neil became the owner and manager of C & W Aero Services atEssexCountyAirportin 1983.

C & W Aero Services ( http://CWAero.com/) is a fixed base operation and FAA Certified Repair Station specializing in aircraft modifications, painting, annual / 100-hour inspections, avionics installations, and heavy sheet metal repairs.  They are also a factory authorized service center for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Mooney Airplane Company, and New Piper Aircraft as well as most major avionics manufacturers.  Neil and his son Sean are co-owners of the company while their wives, Gail & Jennifer respectively, share the responsibilities for office management.  C & W Aero employs 11 full time and two part time workers.

An average day for Neil begins at 0500 Eastern Time in an effort to beat the Interstate-80 traffic on his 40-mile commute to the shop.  After breakfast at a local diner, he opens the shop at about 0630.  His staff of seven full time mechanics and one avionics repariman generates a great deal of paperwork in the form of work orders, logbook entries, weight & balance calculations, and Forms 337.  When he’s lucky, the workday ends around 1600.

In the evenings and on weekends, Neil spends time with various volunteer groups or down in his basement with his model trains.  As a lead representative for the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) in the Teterboro area, he both hosts and presents safety programs for pilots and mechanics.  He has been a member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) since 1989 and has served as director and FAA liason for the PAMA board of directors since 1992.  For the past ten years, he has organized and hosted an annual IA renewal for PAMA.  Neil also serves as an advisory board member for the Teterboro School of Aeronautics.

Nederfield (NNed@CWAero.com) represented the Teterboro FSDO as well as the FAA’s Eastern Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include JoAnn ARNOLD of Blytheville, AR (FAA’s Southwest Region); Hatton Nicholas BATSON of Cordova, TN (FAA’s Central Region); Darrell Eugene BOLDUC of Ham Lake, MN (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Joseph MORALES of Lakewood, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Marlin Jerome PRIEST of Hoover, AL (FAA’s Southern Region); and Gerald Wayne ROSE of Grass Valley, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

 

2010 NATIONAL AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:  Kirk H Peterson has been selected by the General Aviation Awards program as the 2010 National Avionics Technician of the Year.  He currently holds a Federal Communications Commission license with Radar endorsement, an

Kirk H Peterson

Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Technician Certificate with inspection authorization (IA), a Repairman Certificate, and has over 25 years of avionics maintenance and repair experience.

For the past 20 years, Kirk has been employed by the University of North Dakota’s John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences ( http://www.Aero.UND.edu/).  He is the avionics manager of an FAA Part 145 repair station that maintains over 100 aircraft ranging from Supercubs to turbine helicopters and turbine aircraft that are used by UND’s flight training department.  Kirk is responsible for maintaining UND’s state-of-the-art avionics lab.  The avionics shop has grown from one person in 1990 to its current staff of three full-time avionics technicians and three part-time repairmen.

As a United States Marine in the early 1980s, Kirk began his career as an avionics technician working on A-4 Skyhawks and McDonnell Douglas attack aircraft.  He received training in basic electricity, electronics, aviation electrician course, and instruments.  After an honorable discharge, he attendedAlexandriaTechnicalCollegeinMinnesotawhere he received his FCC license.  Subsequently, he worked for Republic Airlines and Avionics Incorporated.  While working full-time, he attended evening classes at the Minneapolis Technical Institute to where he received training in airframe and powerplant technology.  In 1992, Kirk obtained his A&P certification.

Each semester, students flock to the avionics lab with hundreds of operational and technical questions.  While Kirk is always busy, he is never too busy to take the time to explain operational procedures or equipment operation to students and instructors.

During the past several years, Kirk and his staff have installed over 100 automatic dependent surveillance (ADS-B) systems into UND’s fleet of fixed wing and rotorcraft aircraft, giving UND one of the largest ADS-B equipped fleets in the world.  Most recently, Kirk has spent the better part of 8 months performing 37 major structural and electrical modifications to a Cessna Citation II that will be used for weather research and special mission operations by UND’s Atmospheric Sciences Department.

Kirk mentors UND student interns each semester and assists academic professors with demonstrations of and training in avionics systems.  He works closely with the FAA at the Fargo FSDO and the FAA Aircraft Certification Office inChicagoto gain approval and documentation of installations and modifications to the UND aircraft.

He is a member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA).  He remains committed to ongoing continual professional training to remain at the top of his field by taking courses from the FAA, his professional organizations and the aviation industry.

Peterson (Peterson@Aero.UND.edu ) represented the Fargo FSDO area and the FAA’s Great Lakes Region.  This year’s other regional avionics technician winners were Clayton Thomas CAESSENS ofPensacola,FL (Southern Region) and Patrick Donald WARE ofApple Valley,CA (Western Pacific Region).

 

2010 NATIONAL CFI OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI Jeffrey Robert Moss ofLos Angeles,California, is the 2010 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.  Born and raised inMiami,Florida, Jeff’s passion for aviation began at the tender age of seven.  While on a family trip, Jeff

Jeff Moss

remembers looking out the terminal window at a huge PanAm Boeing 747, the aircraft that would take the family fromMiami toLos Angeles.  Once on board, he made his way up the spiral staircase and onto the flight deck.  He sailed past the flight engineer and proclaimed, “Hi Mister Captain, I’m Jeffrey Moss, I’m seven years old and I’m here to learn everything!”  Thus, his love affair with flying began.

As a student atArizonaStateUniversity, aviation reentered his life.  After discovering that his college roommate was a private pilot, the two of them would occasionally venture out toPhoenixSkyharborAirportwith a portable radio in hand to listen to air traffic control while watching aircraft takeoff and land.  At about that same time, a friend read an article about an airline offering a “pilot for a day” program where you could actually fly a full motion 747 flight simulator.  Jeff immediately jumped at what would become a life changing experience.  At the urging of his airline friends he met flying 747 simulators he obtained his flight instructor certificate in 2003.

When Cirrus introduced the first general aviation aircraft to have a full glass Avidyne cockpit, Jeff joined the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) and became an early member of the Cirrus Standardized Instructor Program.  He was also one of the first factory trained instructors on the Lancair Certified Columbia 350/400 (now the Cessna Corvalis) and was a co-creator and chief flight instructor for the Columbia Recurrent Training Program.

Today, Jeff holds five single pilot jet type ratings.  He is an independent instructor and mentor pilot on the Cessna Citation Mustang & CJ series, Eclipse 500, Embraer Phenom 100/300 and Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA.  He specializes in training piston pilots for their initial single pilot jet type rating.  He trains mostly out of Santa Monica (SMO), Van Nuys (VNY) and Burbank (BUR) airports.

A Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI), Jeff is a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and also serves as a FAAST Team lead representative.  He is an active member of AOPA, COPA, Cessna Advanced Aircraft Club, Citation Jet Pilots, Eclipse 500 Club, and Phenom Pilots/Owners.  He continues to work extensively as an aviation educator and is a sought after aviation speaker.  His company, Flying Like the Pros ( www.FlyingLikeThePros.com ), produces computer-based avionics training programs.

Moss (JRobertMoss@aol.com) represented the Van Nuys FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional CFI of the Year winners include Michael Gary Oliver GRANT of Viera, FL, (FAA’s Southern Region); Robert Vincent MEDER of Omaha, NE (FAA’s Central Region); MCFI Megan Roberta SAYRE of Bennett,  CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Susan Marie THOLEN of Kennebunk, ME (FAA’s Eastern Region); MCFI-MGI Ronald Jay TIMMERMANS OF Bedford  TX (FAA’s Southwest Region); and MCFI Wanda Jean ZUEGE of Custer, WI (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).

 

2010 NATIONAL FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI Thomas P Turner exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism in the field of aviation safety and education.

Tom Turner

Tom’s involvement in aviation began while a US Air Force officer by earning his initial pilot certification in 1985 and becoming a certificated flight instructor in 1988.  Today, he holds an airline transport pilot certificate with an AMEL rating as well as CFI, CFI-I, and MEI.

Since 1996, he has been an outspoken aviation safety advocate while also organizing and conducting safety programs for WINGS credit nationwide.  He now serves as a FAASTeam Lead Representative in theWichitaarea where he conducts WINGS seminars, writes prolifically, and maintains aviation safety websites.  He has also earned Basic, Advanced, and Master-level WINGS accreditation through the FAA’s Pilot Proficiency Program.

A dedicated student of aircraft accidents and aviation safety issues, he strives to make general aviation a safer place.  To that end, he spends many evenings writing and researching for several aviation publications including a weekly e-newsletter for his own business, Mastery Flight Training ( http://www.Mastery-Flight-Training.com).  That newsletter entitled “Flying Lessons” is read by thousands.  In addition, he serves on the permanent editorial board of the Aviator’s Model Code of Conduct (AMCC) where he works to encourage professionalism and safety on the part of all pilots and mechanics regardless of certification level.

Currently, Tom is the executive director of the American Bonanza Society ( www.Bonanza.org ) which represents approximately 10,000 Beech aircraft owners, mechanics and enthusiasts around the world.  He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Society as well as all technical and educational member support functions.  His typical day at the Society’s Wichita office includes reading and writing e-mails, strategic planning, editing and managing the monthly ABS Magazine and website,  working with regulatory agencies and other associations, developing educational and technical support materials, and assisting members with piloting and technical questions

As an independent flight instructor presenting type-specific initial and recurrent training in late-model Beech Bonanzas and Barons, he travels to his clients’ locations to provide checkouts, flight review, and instrument proficiency training.  He also lectures at aviation events and pilot gatherings in theWichitaarea, at AirVenture, and in other locations around the country.

A Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI), Tom is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the American Bonanza Society (ABS), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and is member of both the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and NAFI.  In 2008, he was named the FAA’s Central Region CFI of the Year.  Tom and his wife, Peggy, aWichitahigh school teacher, reside in Rose Hill, Kansas.

Turner (Exec@Bonanza.org) represented the Wichita FSDO area and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional winners include Javier Angel GUERRA of Lytle, TX (FAA’s Southwestern Region); William Victor HILL of Redding, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); MCFI Mark Edward MADDEN of Anchorage, AK (FAA’s Alaska Region); Jon Naji MALEK of Yonkers, NY (FAA’s Eastern Region); John Edward MITCHELL of Fort Collins, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); MCFI John Urban ROCKCASTLE of Oxford, FL (FAA’s Southern Region); and MCFI Wanda Jean ZUEGE of Custer, WI (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).

Support and sponsorship for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA), and Aircraft Electronics Ass’n (AEA).

Additional support is being provided by Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), Aeronautical Proficiency Training LLC (AVTrain), Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), and RichStowell.com.

2010 National Award Winners

2009 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 46 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors.  The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.  Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are Alfred Joseph “Lucky” Louque of Chatfield, Texas, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Arlynn Marine McMahon, Versailles, Kentucky, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Paul Jerome “Jerry” Stooksbury of Fort Collins, Colorado, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Kent Blair Lewis of Keller, Texas, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.  Previously, this award was the Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year.

The FAA administrator will present the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2009 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.  Included in the prize package for all four national winners is an all expense paid trip toOshkoshfor the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation and other GA Awards activities.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.  “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

 

2009 FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:  Kent Lewis ofKeller,Texas, exemplifies a high standard of professionalism in the field of aviation safety education.  He serves as a FAASTeam Lead Representative in theFort Worth area where he conducts FAA WINGS

Kent Lewis

seminars and maintains safety websites.  He has been in love with aviation since 1969 when, at the age of nine, he was a fence line observer of Braniff Airways 747 operations atLove Field,TX.  Today he holds an airline transport pilot certificate with an AMEL rating as well as CFI, CFII, MEI, and commercial helicopter.

Kentcreated the Signal Charlie (http://www.SignalCharlie.net) wikispace, a web based aviation safety information resource developed to promote safety in high reliability and high-risk organizations.  Signal Charlie is dedicated to the continuous improvement of aerospace safety.  He also is the owner of Fort Worth Aviation Safety Program Google group (http://groups.google.com/group/ftwasp).  The site was developed to teach a continuing improvement process that promotes the reporting of aviation safety issues.  He was recruited to be a member of the FAASTeam as a subject matter expert for human factors and safety management s systems (SMS) applications for general aviation.  He serves as a liaison for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) issues and facilitates the FAA Southwest Region Runway Safety Summit as well as WINGS seminars.  Additionally he has developed aviation heritage initiatives and assists with Young Eagles programs in his local area.

Joining  the United States Marine Corps in 1979,Kentworked his way up through the enlisted ranks as an avionics technician with one meritorious promotion after another.  Upon being commissioned in 1987, he completed an intense fixed and rotary wing flight training program, and was designated an unrestricted Naval Aviator.  After a distinguished 20-year Marine Corps career, he began a second flying career with Delta Airlines.
With Delta, he performs domestic and international operations on B727, B737, MD-88, and B777.  He has also been a Bell 206L-3 captain and S-76 SIC with Houston Helicopters.  Lewis serves as an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Air Safety Representative, is member of the ALPA National Committees on Runway Safety, Human Factors and Safety Management Systems.  He is an ALPA representative to the FAA Runway Safety Root Cause Analysis Team, the NTSB, and the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System program.

Kent is a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), a new national organization for aviation educators, as well as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), and NAFI.

Lewis (Lewis.Kent@gmail.com) represented the Fort Worth FSDO area and the FAA’s Southwest Region.  This year’s other regional winners include MCFI-E Alan C Davis of Thornton, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Ellen Marie Nobles-Harris of Wilmington, DE (FAA’s Eastern Region);  Dennis L Bowdoin of Fowlerville, MI (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Richard Lawrence Martindell of San Diego, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); Harry Narvaez-Munet of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico (FAA’s Southern Region); and William Alexander Hopper of Manchester, MO (FAA’s Central Region).

 

2009 NATIONAL CFI OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI Arlynn McMahon, the 2009 National CFI of the Year, grew up atKentucky’s Lexington-Blue Grass Airport (LEX) where she was the kid in pigtails sweeping hangar floors and washing airplanes.  On her 16th birthday, she soloed; on her 17th

Arlynn McMahon

birthday, she earned her private pilot certificate.

Now, more than three decades later, she is a flight instructor at the very same airport with more than 9000 hours of dual given.  She specializes in training CFI candidates.  Says McMahon, “Lexingtonprovides a great learning environment because the weather allows for year round flying while the students get to experience several different weather patterns through the seasons.”  She also earned a BS degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle and an MBA in Strategic Leadership fromAmbertonUniversity.

A flight instructor at Aero-Tech (www.AeroTech.net), a part 141 / part 61 flight school at LEX, she continually updates her skills after adding a CFII, MEI, AGI and Gold Seal to her original flight instructor certificate by completing transition training in glass cockpits and light sport aircraft.  A Cirrus Certified Instructor, a Cessna Factory Authorized FITS Instructor, and an FAA Designated Examiner for Sport Pilots, she now serves as Aero-Tech’s chief flight instructor.

When a new approach to general aviation flight training called FITS and scenario-based training was introduced, Arlynn was eager to jump onboard.  Aero-Tech was the first traditional flight school to offer FITS-accepted courses.  To date the school has a total of 34 FITS-accepted FAA approved training syllabi.  Recently, ASA published her book entitled “Train Like You Fly, a Flight Instructor’s Guide to Scenario Based Training.”  She also provided editorial assistance for the newly revised FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook.

Several years ago, Arlynn discovered a love of and a talent for writing when she wrote for AOPA’s “Flight School Business.”  Since then, she has been published in numerous aviation journals and magazines and writes a monthly column in Aviation for Women.

Since 1984, she has been active in the FAA’s National Safety Program and currently serves as an FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) representative with the Louisville FSDO.  The holder of Master Level wings in the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program, she contributes to the quarterly FAASTeam CFI workshops.  A current Master CFI, she first earned that national professional accreditation in 2002.

A resident ofVersailles,KY, Arlynn is a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), a new organization for aviation educators, and is a candidate for SAFE’s board of directors.  She is also a member of AOPA, NAFI, and WAI.

McMahon (Arlynn@AeroTech.net) represented the Louisville FSDO area and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional CFI of the Year winners include Charles H Ebbecke of Mullica Hill, NJ (FAA’s Eastern Region); Master CFI Charles Ray McGill of San Diego, CA (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); Master CFI Ken Wittekiend of Burnet, TX (FAA’s Southwest Region); Master CFI John Lewis of Houghton, MI (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and James Lawrence Camden of Centennial, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region).

 

2009 AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:   Alfred J “Lucky” Louque of Chatfield, Texas, is this year’s National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year.  He is the general manager for Air Salvage of Dallas (www.ASOD.com) and works with the FAA, NTSB,

Lucky Luke

and aviation industry on aircraft accident investigations and reconstructions.  Spending his days answering technical questions on both the telephone and the Internet, he also performs quality assurance inspections, researches parts, and handles customer sales.  Lucky provides assistance with coordinating and scheduling accident investigations as well as aircraft component studies, engine teardowns, and test runs.  Air Salvage of Dallas is located at the Lancaster Airport (LNC) in Lancaster, Texas.

Growing up in Louisiana, Lucky loved airplanes since childhood.  Whenever he heard an airplane, he stopped whatever he was doing to gaze skyward.  His mother always said that she knew she would lose him to airplanes.  When still a very young man, he had the opportunity to move to Texas and work for an aunt and uncle at Air Salvage of Dallas.  He jumped at the chance and has now been turning wrenches there for almost four decades.  He has held a mechanic’s airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate for 39 years and an inspection authorization (IA) for 35 years.  For the past fifteen years, he has served as an FAA Designated Maintenance Examiner (DME) as well as a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR).  Lucky has been a certificated private certificate for 39 years and holds ASEL and AMEL ratings.

Aircraft accident investigation has been a large part of his work for the past three decades.  In that capacity, he teaches formal classes on the art and science of accident investigation.  Because aviation safety is extremely important to him, he has done remedial training for the FAA and presented aviation safety seminars for pilots and mechanics for 20 years.  He joined the FAA’s national safety program as an Aviation Safety Counselor in 1994 and recently transitioned into the new safety program as a FAASTeam lead representative.  He has taught numerous aviation industry courses on “unapproved suspect aircraft parts” and has conducted a popular annual IA renewal seminar in Dallas for the past 14 years.  Not only does he enjoy lecturing, but he also authors articles for the FAA newsletter “Nuts & Bolts” as well as local EAA chapter newsletters. 

Lucky belongs to Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) and is an advisor and speaker for the American Bonanza Society (ABS).  He participates as a Technical Counselor and conducts educational activities with Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapters 168 in Dallas, 59 in Grapevine, 983 in Granbury, and 34 in Dalworth.

Louque ( Lucky@ASOD.com) represented the Dallas FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Southwest Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include Jack Duane Bell of Watkins, CO (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Keith Evan Hetrick of Topeka, KS (FAA’s Central Region); Stephen Stodolski of Colchester, CT (FAA’s Eastern Region); and Michael P Dougherty of Kailua, HI (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

 

2009 AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:  Jerry Stooksbury, the 2009 National Avionics Technician of the Year, resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.  A native of Tennessee, he has been involved in aviation since he was a teenager.  First soloing in 1978, he has since earned commercial

Jerry Stooksbury

pilot certification along with instrument, ASEL, and AMEL ratings.  He has also been an active flight instructor for over 20 years with airplane single engine and instrument airplane ratings.  As a cadet in the Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, he participated in several encampments as well as other CAP activities.  The CAP organization and its people played a key role in shaping the professional development of this teenager.

His interests in electronics started at about the same time as his aviation interests.  Jerry obtained a FCC 2nd Class Radiotelephone Operators permit and an Amateur Radio Operators license in the mid 1970s.  After graduating with high honors from the University of Tennessee in 1983 with a degree in electrical engineering, he relocated to Colorado to work for Hewlett-Packard (HP) as a systems engineer.  This employment opportunity played a key role in his career.  The employees of HP and its corporate culture provided a wide range of experience in new technologies, sales, marketing, business management, and customer relations.  Jerry spent 3 years in Europe as an HP employee and took advantage of numerous general aviation flights while there.

In the mid 1990s, he left HP to work with Garmin as their technical marketing manager.  Then in 2004, he founded Avionics Specialists, LLC (www.AvionicsSpecialists.net) atColorado’sFort Collins -DowntownAirport but relocated the business to the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport (FNL) the following year.  The avionics industry was a natural fit for this engineer / flight instructor who loves to fly and teach others to fly.  He enjoys consulting with pilots to help them determine the right set of products and technologies for their type of flying and their budget.

AvSpec currently employs five people who specialize in avionics upgrades for piston singles and light/medium piston twins.  Jerry is also the cofounder of AirportView.net, a web site providing real-time weather camera and AWOS information for airports located in Coloradoand the RockyMountainregion (www.AirportView.net).  Jerry and his team are working to expand this network and the depth of information it provides to pilots.

A member of AOPA and AOPA’s Airport Support Network, he also is a member of the Colorado Pilots Association (CPA), and the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) where he serves as an AEA / FAA Ambassador for the Denver FSDO.  He is also a mission pilot with the Colorado Wing of CAP.

Stooksbury (JStooks@AvSpec.aero) represented the Denver FSDO area and the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region.  This year’s other regional avionics technician winners were Klarann Voegle ofHighland,IL (FAA’s Central Region); Ronald Mark Wright of Battle Ground, IN (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and Michael George Phillips ofGlendale,AZ (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

Support and sponsorship for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the National Ass’n of Flight Instructors (NAFI), the Helicopter Ass’n International (HAI), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA), and Aircraft Electronics Ass’n (AEA).

2008 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors.  The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.  Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are  Timothy Daniel “Tim” Adkison of Benton, Kentucky, Avionics Technician of the Year; Max Trescott of Mountain View, California, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Michael Daniel “Mike” Busch of Arroyo Grande, California, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; and John Anthony Teipen of University City, Missouri, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.  Previously, this award was the Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year.

The FAA administrator will present the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2008 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.  Included in the prize package for all four national winners is an all expense paid trip toOshkoshfor the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation and other GA Awards activities.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.  “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

 

2008 FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:  John Teipen, a Master CFI as well as a Master Ground Instructor, exemplifies the standard of professionalism in the fields of aviation education and flight safety.  He is involved in many areas of pilot education

John Teipen

including FAA WINGS seminars, FAASTeam online courses, flight instructor revalidation clinics (FIRCs), and youth aviation education programs.

Earning private pilot certification in 1984, he has since become a certificated flight instructor, an FAA aviation safety counselor (ASC), a FAASTeam representative, and a designated pilot examiner (DPE).  His work as a DPE with pilot applicants and recommending CFI candidates provides a foundation for his educational work as a member of the FAA’s new safety program, the FAASTeam.  Teipen established www.AVTrain.net, a website dedicated to promoting safety through education, to create and host online educational programs.  This effort led the way to the first national courses for  FAASTeam representatives and industry members, the new WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program, and additional www.FAASafety.gov online courses.

In 2005, Teipen was instrumental in the development of the Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show (www.MACTS.org) inSaint Louis.  This annual event hosts a “super safety seminar” with nationally known speakers, an aviation trade show, a FIRC, an aviation awards banquet, and an aviation career program for high school students.  Building on this experience, he created and introduced the extraordinarily successful “My First Logbook” and “Young Eagles Flight Education” programs for young people attending KidVenture during EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh.

Teipen believes in continuing education for all pilots and includes himself in that regimen.  A regular attendee at safety seminars and revalidation clinics, he achieved phase VIII of the recently retired FAA Pilot Proficiency Awards WINGS program and has completed the first level of the new WINGS program last year.  A long time glider pilot and flight instructor, he has also earned the Soaring Society of America’s A, B, C, and Bronze Badges in 2007

He is one of only 20 aviation educators worldwide who is has earned the Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI) and Master Ground Instructor (MGI) accreditations.  These designations are granted by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) to outstanding aviation educators who are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.  He is a longtime member of NAFI as well as AOPA, EAA, IAC, and WAI.  In 2005, he was named the National CFI of the Year in recognition of his dedication to and passion for aviation education.

Teipen (John@Teipen.com) represented the Saint Louis FSDO area and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional winners include MCFI Clifford Floyd Chetwin of Littleton, Colorado (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); John Francis Anderson of Gilford, New Hampshire (FAA’s Eastern Region); George Parlin Vose of Alpine, Texas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Janese Thatcher-Buzzell of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and Dennis Lee Renzelman of Granada Hills, California (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

 

2008 AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:  Tim Adkison, the 2008 national Avionics Technician of the Year, was born in Northern Ireland, the son of a US Navy master chief petty officer.  His first exposure to aviation came as a teenager while on a dependents cruise with his dad,

Tim Adkison

one of the 5000 crewmembers aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy (CVA-67).  There, he had the unique opportunity to observe flight deck operations from high atop the ship’s island structure including launches and recoveries of the JFK’s F-14 Tomcats.

When it came time to begin making some career choices, Adkison opted to attend theInstituteofElectronic TechnologyinPaducah,Kentucky.  He ultimately graduated second in his class with a degree in electronic engineering technology in 1988.  After graduation, he took a position as an avionics technician with Allied Signal Aerospace inLawrence,Kansas, where he ultimately became a lead technician.

After three years inKansas, he decided it was time to leave the flat lands and head back east.  Ending up inNashvillein 1991, he took a position with Carpenter Avionics at Nashville International Airport (BNA).  He remembers this as an exciting time because he was provided the opportunity to perform flight line maintenance and repair on actual aircraft rather than troubleshooting avionics on a bench.

1993 found Adkison back home at Paducah’s BarkleyRegionalAirport(PAH).  He began working with Tomlinson Avionics, a new facility going through  the first phase of becoming a repair station.  Tomlinson was later acquired by Midwest Aviation Services (www.Midwest-Aviation.com).  While there, his responsibilities included research on and installation of new avionics equipment as well as troubleshooting to the component level on DMEs, transponders, radar, VOR/ILS receivers, and communication transceivers.  This was also his first experience with engineering and accomplishing installations from beginning to final test flight.  He was promoted to Midwest Aviation’s avionics manager in 1999 with duties including installation price quotes, scheduling, employee management, customer relations, and overseeing the transition from an avionics repair station to a maintenance facility repair station.

Throughout his time with Midwest Aviation, he has tutored and mentored numerous students through the curriculum at his alma mater,Paducah’sInstituteofElectronic Technology, now calledPaducahTechnicalCollege.  He also provides on-the-job training as well as continuing education seminars for his avionics employees.  In addition, he serves on the advisory board for West Kentucky Community andTechnicalCollege.

Adkison (TAdkison@MidwestAviation.net) represented the Louisville FSDO area and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional avionics technician winners were Andrew James Scanlon of Ellsworth, Maine (FAA’s Eastern Region); Charles Donald Boldin of Oxford, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Mark Conrad Dietz of Searcy, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region); and Dwayne Metteau Comer of Glendale, Arizona (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

 

2008 CFI OF THE YEAR:  Max Trescott, a Master CFI and Master Ground Instructor, resides inMountain View,California, where he has lived for most of his professional life.  A native of northernPennsylvania, he started flying when he was 15 years old.  Too young to drive, his mother Sue,

Max Trescott

who had herself taken flying lessons as a teenager, drove him to the airport for lessons.  He was also inspired by his flight instructor, Dick Johnston, a former Pennsylvania CFI of the Year, for whom the Wellsboro-Johnston airport is now named.

While attendingSwarthmoreCollegeinSwarthmore,Pennsylvania, Trescott completed his private pilot certificate at the age of 19 and met his future wife Laurie.  That was followed by an MBA in marketing and management from NYU’s Stern School of Business.  After college, he worked for Hewlett-Packard inNew Jersey, later moving to HP’s company headquarters inPalo Alto,California.  During his 25 years at HP, he worked in a variety of marketing, sales, and management positions while continuing to fly and earn additional certificates and ratings.

He acquired his CFI rating in September, 2001, and began working as an aviation educator on weekends atSan Jose’sReid-HillviewAirport.  Subsequently, he added an ATP certificate as well as CFII and MEI ratings.  After leaving HP, he began teaching full-time as an independent flight instructor with several flight schools at the Palo Alto Airport (PAO) but shifted his focus to glass cockpit aircraft.  He is now a factory trained Cessna FITS instructor, a Cirrus Design CSIP, aColumbia(Cessna) 350 / 400 instructor, and teaches in the nationalColumbiarecurrent training program.

In 2006, Trescott founded Glass Cockpit Publishing (www.G1000Book.com), launched with the release of his Max Trescott’s G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook.  Several CD-ROM courses and online internet training courses followed, all focused on modern glass cockpit avionics, including the Garmin G1000 and WAAS.  As the corporation’s president, he is responsible for new product development.  His wife serves as the corporation’s vice president.

As a strong advocate for general aviation and flight safety, he regularly posts articles on his blog, www.MaxTrescott.com   Recent articles have urged the FAA to set more aggressive safety goals for general aviation and have explained ramifications of the FAA’s NextGen Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) proposed rulemaking.  He also produces the online newsletter www.PilotSafetyNews.com

A popular speaker at EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh and atLakeland’s Sun-n-Fun, he also provides safety seminars to local pilot groups as a FAASTeam member with the San Jose FSDO.  He is a member of AOPA, NAFI, Mensa, and the Palo Alto Airport Association.

Trescott  (Info@SJFlight.com) represented the San Jose FSDO area and the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional CFI of the Year winners include Master CFI David Paul St George of Ithaca, New York (FAA’s Eastern Region); Master CFI Richard Michael “Rich” Funcheon of Vero Beach, Florida (FAA’s Southern Region); Master CFI Thomas Paul “Tom” Turner of Rose Hill, Kansas (FAA’s Central Region); Master CFI Craig Michael Patterson of Midland, Texas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Master CFI Mark Alan “Mordechai” Levin of Richmond, Illinois (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and Master CFI Darrel LeRoy Dilley of LaSalle, Colorado (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region).

 

2008 AMT OF THE YEAR:   Mike Busch of Arroyo Grande,California, is a New Yorker by birth and a mathematician by training.  He earned his private pilot certificate as a 20-year old college student, and has since amassed more than four decades of aviation experience as a mechanic,

Mike Busch

inspector, pilot, flight instructor, aircraft owner, aviation author, educator, and lecturer.

His interest in turning wrenches grew out of his many years as an aircraft owner and operator intrigued by the mysteries of aviation maintenance.  Thus, he started doing his own maintenance under the watchful supervision of a certificated A&P mechanic.  Ultimately, he passed the A&P exam and became a certificated mechanic in his own right.  Three years later, the FAA granted him an inspection authorization.

An aviation writer since 1970, Busch began his fulltime pursuit of aviation in 1995 after retiring from a long career as a software developer.  One of his first post-retirement projects was the founding of AVweb, an Internet aviation news service.  He served as editor-in-chief and one of AVweb’s most prolific writers for the first seven years of its existence.

For the past 20 years, the primary focus of his writing and teaching activities has been general aviation maintenance.  He has published hundreds of articles in numerous aviation publications.  Currently, he writes monthly maintenance articles for American Bonanza Society Magazine, AVweb, Cessna Pilots Association Magazine, and Cirrus Pilot.  A long time member of the Cessna Pilots Association’s technical staff, he specializes in twin-engine piston-powered aircraft.  In that capacity, Busch has assisted thousands of aircraft owners to troubleshoot and fix the thorny maintenance problems that their own local A&Ps have been struggling to resolve.

The founder and president of Savvy Aviator (www.SavvyAviator.com), Busch provides in-depth technical training to aircraft owners and their mechanics focusing on maintenance and troubleshooting in single and twin-engine aircraft.  His goal is to teach them how to troubleshoot aircraft problems and how to manage the maintenance of their aircraft more effectively and cost-efficiently.  He conducts these weekend maintenance seminars 10 to 20 times each year at venues throughout theUnited States.

In addition to his airframe and powerplant ratings, he is also a certificated flight instructor, as well as a glider and seaplane pilot, and has earned phase 11 in the FAA’s WINGS program.  A member of AOPA, EAA, American Bonanza Society, Cessna Pilots Association, Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association, and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), he is a frequent speaker at AirVenture-Oshkosh, AOPA Expo, and many other aviation gatherings.

Busch (Mike.Busch@SavvyAviator.com) represented the San Jose FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include Eric Bruce Christenson of Bellevue, Washington (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Brian Alexander Crafford of West Paducah, Kentucky (FAA’s Central Region); Leroy Alan Muise of Trenton, Maine (FAA’s Eastern Region); and David Lee Mills of Portage, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).

The General Aviation Awards program executive committee includes the Aircraft Electronics Ass’n (AEA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Ass’n of Flight Instructors (NAFI).  Additional support and sponsorship are provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the Helicopter Ass’n International (HAI), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA) and the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA).

2007 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 44 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry sponsors.  The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.  Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are Michael Gerard “Mike” Gaffney of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Paul James New of Jackson, Tennessee, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Jerry Dee Luttrull of Riverside, California, Avionics Technician of the Year; and Cheryl Ann De Filippo Hardy of Deltona, Florida, FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.  Previously, this award was the Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year.

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2007 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.  Included in the prize package for all four national winners is an all expense paid trip toOshkoshfor the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation and other awards activities.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation, education, and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.  “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

 

2007 FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:  Cheryl DeFilippo Hardy is a resident ofDeltona,Florida, and has been involved in the FAA’s safety program for almost a decade.  As the daughter of a naval aviator, she practically grew up in the hangars ofPennsylvania’s Willow Grove Naval Air Station watching the Blue Angels practice their routines.  Her interest in aviation was revitalized years later when she met her future husband, Hugh.  A long time pilot himself, he decided to become an active aviator again.  Getting into the cockpit with him was all it took for Hardy to enthusiastically embrace the world of flight.

The two of them began taking advantage of the many safety seminars offered throughout their area.  Before long, they were mentored into the FAA’s safety program as aviation safety counselors.  Early on, they volunteered at the FAA Production Studios andNationalResourceCenterat the Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL).  Soon, she joined the studio crew starting out in an administrative position.  It didn’t take long before she moved into public relations where she has served for over seven years.

As a lead representative in the FAA’s new safety program, the FAASTeam, Hardy spends much of her time promoting the production studio and its aviation safety message.  Traveling throughout the country to large aviation gatherings including AOPA Expo, AirVenture and Sun ’n Fun, she shares the safety program’s goals with other interested aviators.  As a trained graphic artist, she is responsible for producing the studio’s promotional materials, books, websites and advertising campaigns.  Working with National FAASTeam Production Manager Obie Young, she helps to provide guidance for developing safety programs nationwide.

The experience gained in her “day job” has contributed to her achievements as a FAASTeam representative.  She is the vice president of a management firm that oversees the day-to-day activities and organization of professional and nonprofit associations.  Her duties include designing and editing magazines, newsletters and other promotional materials.  She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in business management and commercial art fromFloridaTechnicalUniversity.

She now serves as a mentor to volunteers joining the FAASTeam while training new crew members to work in various positions within the production studio.  She also develops new strategies to foster growth of the production studio’s efforts.  Youth activities such as EAA’s Young Eagles and the Boy Scout’s aviation orientation program are also a priority for her.  She is a member of AOPA, EAA and Women in Aviation.  She also supports EAA’s Deland Chapter 635.

Hardy (Cheryl@iag.net) represented the Orlando FSDO and the FAA’s Southern Region.  This year’s other regional winners include Robert Anthony Adelizzi of Bradford, Massachusetts (FAA’s Eastern Region); Robert William Betzold of Cabot, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Thomas Joseph Kennedy of Plymouth, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Lawrence William Lay of Douglas, Kansas (FAA’s Central Region); Chris Todd Lobato of West Point, Utah (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); and Melvin Eugene Souza of Mililani, Hawaii (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

 

2007 CFI OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI Michael Gaffney, a resident ofLake Saint Louis,Missouri, has been flying for 32 years and has been a flight instructor for 28 of those years.  He grew up in a house under the final approach path of Griffiss Air Force Base nearRome,New York, and spent hours watching B52s and KC135s flying overhead.   Beginning his aviation training inUtica,New York, he soloed on his 16th birthday.  That was followed a year later with the successful completion of his private pilot flight test.

Since then, he has earned additional FAA certifications as an instrument and multiengine instructor as well as an advanced and instrument ground instructor.  His recent professional development training has led to designations as a Diamond Factory Authorized G1000 Instructor, a Cessna FITS Authorized Instructor and a Cirrus Standardized Instructor.  Additionally, he has held an airframe and powerplant mechanic (A&P) certificate since 1979.

Gaffney’s formal education includes a BS degree in aeronautics from Saint LouisUniversity’s ParksCollegeand an MBA from the Universityof Bridgeport.  That training has served him well in his role as president of Skyline Aeronautics (www.SkylineAero.com).  His wife Julie is Skyline’s chief financial officer.  The company, located at the Spirit of Saint Louis Airport (SUS), is a CFR Part 141 flight school, a full service FBO and a general aviation piston aircraft maintenance facility.  In his capacity as chief education officer, he designs courses specializing in technology integration in the cockpit that meet the requirements for FAA/industry training standards (FITS).  He is also an adjunct professor of aviation Washington University of Saint Louis andSaint LouisUniversity.

An aviation writer, Gaffney’s articles have appeared in FAA Aviation News and NAFI’s Mentor.  A series of six articles focusing on flight training in technically advanced aircraft will begin appearing in AOPA’s Flight Training magazine in the April 2007 issue.  He also authored a software program entitled the “The Complete G1000” that was recently published by Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA).  In January of 2007, Gaffney received the National Air Transportation Association’s 2006 General Aviation Education Excellence Award.

Originally appointed as an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor, he recently became a member of the FAA’s new safety program, the FAASTeam.  As an aviation safety advocate, Gaffney conducts numerous safety seminars annually.  He is one of approximately 500 aviation educators worldwide to hold Master CFI accreditation.  In addition, he has also earned accreditation as a Master Ground Instructor (MGI).  His aviation organization memberships include AOPA, EAA, NAFI, and the Greater St Louis Flight Instructors Association.

Gaffney (MGGaffney@SkylineAero.com) represented the Saint Louis FSDO and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional CFI of the Year winners include David Allen Frazier of Jackson, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Bettina Marie “Tina” Oborny of Miami Lakes, Florida (FAA’s Southern Region); Master CFI Brian Lee Robbins of Columbus, New Jersey (FAA’s Eastern Region); and Roger Gordon Sharp of Schertz, Texas (FAA’s Southwest Region).

 

2007 AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:  Jerry Luttrull, the 2007 national Avionics Technician of the Year, is a native ofArtesia,New Mexico.  While a youngster growing up inNew Mexico andTexas, he would sit near the end of the runway at a local Air Force base and watch aircraft take off and land.  His interest in aviation took root at age 14 while a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol.  After high school, he was contacted by a recruiter from theSpartanSchool of Aeronautics inTulsa,Oklahoma.  That led to his graduation with honors from Spartan and earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in aviation instruments and electronics.

For the past 20 years, Luttrull has been employed by Otto Instrument Service (www.OttoInstrument.com) inOntario,California.  During those 20 years, he worked his way up from instrument technician to Otto’s vice president of quality and compliance.  Otto Instrument Service is a Part 145 Repair Station located two blocks from Ontario International Airport (ONT).

An Otto employee since 1987, he began his avionics career performing inspections, maintenance, preventive maintenance and alterations for aircraft instruments and accessories on general aviation, air carrier and military aircraft.

Ten years later, he became the company’s quality assurance manager where he performed internal quality system audits and corrective actions as well as writing and revising quality system manuals, instructions, forms and procedures.  He interfaced with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and customers as well as vendors to maintain quality system requirements.  In 2000, he was given the added title of vice president of operations and assigned responsibility for the day-to-day company operations.

In 2003, Jerry was tapped to become Otto’s vice president of quality and compliance. In that capacity, he interfaces with the FAA as well as customers and staff on technical and quality issues.  His job requires writing quality manuals, training employees, evaluating the company’s capability to repair components, customer training programs, technical assistance, warranty evaluations, overseeing the test equipment calibration program, and training inspectors as well as technical personnel.  Another significant component of his work is overseeing the company’s FAA drug and alcohol testing program.

The FAA’s Los Angeles Manufacturing Inspection District Office has appointed Luttrull a designated manufacturing inspection representative (DMIR).  He chairs the database committee for a non-profit product evaluation coalition.  Through his ongoing regimen of continuing education and training, he continues to enhance his professional skills.  He has also been a contributor to AEA’s Avionics News magazine.

Luttrull (Jerry.Luttrull@OttoInstrument.com) represented the Riverside FSDO and the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional avionics technician winners were Romel Bonifacio ofWest Springfield,Massachusetts (FAA’s Eastern Region) and Randall John Weller ofWaterford,Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).

 

2007 AMT OF THE YEAR:  Paul New ofJackson,Tennessee, has been an airframe & powerplant (A&P) technician for almost 20 years and has held inspection authorization (IA) for 15 of those years.

The seeds that grew into his 3-decade long involvement in aviation were planted early in life by his father, a WWII B-29 mechanic.  New grew up riding his bicycle to the airport after school and on Saturdays to help his dad rebuild airplanes.  What started out as a father and son hobby soon became the family business in a hangar atJackson’s McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (MKL).

When not helping his father repair aircraft, he worked at the local FBO towing and fueling planes.  The day after his 16th birthday in 1975, he soloed in a Cessna 150.  Little more than a year later, he earned his private pilot certificate followed shortly thereafter by multi-engine and instrument ratings.

Early in his aviation career, he put his formal avionics training to work by serving as the avionics manager at repair stations in Illinoisand Kentucky.  His heart, however, was in airframe and powerplant maintenance and repair.  In 1987, he purchased his father’s rebuilding and repair business, renamed the company Tennessee Aircraft Services (www.TennesseeAircraft.net), and now serves as the company’s president.

During Christmas of 2004, fire brought disaster to Tennessee Aircraft Services.  One building and all of its contents were a total loss, a second hangar was substantially damaged, many customer repair projects were destroyed and three employees, including New, were injured.  Since then, a new building has been constructed, repairs were made to the damaged building, the injuries have healed and the company is once again serving the needs of its customers.

The business specializes in major repairs to piston single and twin-engine aircraft.  New’s daily workload includes management and operation of the company, supervision of 7 technicians, training apprentice technicians, design of structural repairs, systems & electrical troubleshooting, and post maintenance flight checks.  A favorite part of his work is owner assisted inspections and helping owners better understand how to safely and efficiently maintain their aircraft.  He also monitors several aircraft type-specific internet forums responding to owners’ technical questions.

A member of AOPA, EAA, Cessna Pilots Association, International Comanche Society and the American Bonanza Society, he is also a newly appointed FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) member at the Memphis FSDO.  New recently became an off-site instructor and technical representative for the Cessna Pilots Association and will be writing monthly articles on Cessna airframe issues for the CPA magazine.  He also holds the FAA Diamond Award.

New (Paul@TennesseeAircraft.net) represented the Memphis FSDO as well as the FAA’s Southern Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include Arnold Domenic Cicerone of Seal Beach, California (FAA’s Western Pacific Region); Luke Thomas Gerard of Johnson, Kansas (FAA’s Central Region); Robert Lincoln Gould of Florence, Massachusetts (FAA’s Eastern Region); Donnie Joe Lewellen of Friona, Texas (FAA’s Southwest Region); and Leslie Emil Ojala of Holt, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).

The General Aviation Awards program executive committee includes the Aircraft Electronics Ass’n (AEA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Ass’n of Flight Instructors (NAFI).  Additional support and sponsorship are provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass’n (PAMA), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), the Helicopter Ass’n International (HAI), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA) and the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA).

Paul New, Cheryl Hardy, Marion Blakey, Mike Gaffney, Jerry Luttrull

2006 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 43 years, the General Aviation Awards Program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and a dozen industry sponsors.  The selection process begins at local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the nine regional FAA offices.  Panels of aviation professionals within the various fields then select national winners from the pool of regional awardees.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are Richard Loren “Rich” Stowell of Ventura, California, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Eugene Charles “Gene” Hudson of Mission Hills, California, Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year; Joseph Clemens “Joe” Hawkins of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; and Terry David Markovich of Bedminster, New Jersey, Avionics Technician of the Year.

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2006 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.  “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

 

2006 CFI OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI-Aerobatic Rich Stowell, a resident ofVentura,California, specializes in spin, emergency maneuver, aerobatic, and tailwheel training. When not conducting training clinics nationwide, he instructs at CP Aviation, Inc, a CFR Part 61 flight school at Santa Paula Airport (SZP).

Rich Stowell

As a teenager growing up inNorthwestern New Jerseyin the 1970s, Stowell was inspired by the performances of aerobatic legends Leo Loudenslager and Betty Stewart during the annual Sussex Airshow. In 1982, he took his first flying lesson atSussexAirportin a Piper Cherokee 140.  Two years and 84 hours total time later, he began aerobatic training in a Super Decathlon. Work as a consulting engineer eventually took him to Southern California, where he would spend weekends flying aerobatics fromSanta PaulaAirport. In 1987, his then-girlfriend — and now wife — made a suggestion: “Why not quit your job and give instructing a try for a year?”

Completely immersed in aviation, Stowell developed and promoted the EMT® (Emergency Maneuver Training) Program. Spinning with pilots from all over the world led to the development of his trademark PARE spin recovery checklist. Designated an “Official Spin Doctor” by the International Aerobatic Club (IAC), Stowell has performed more than 26,800 spins with students – the equivalent to nearly 1,300 vertical miles while spinning.

Articles about Stowell’s teaching techniques have appeared in Sport Pilot, Flying, AOPA Pilot, and Air & Space magazines, to name a few. He has scripted several aviation videos, including the FAA’s “Loss of Control” series, and has written numerous articles for publications such as Aviation Safety, Plane & Pilot, and Flight Training magazines. He has authored three aviation books. The newest, available later this year, is entitled The Light Airplane Pilot’s Guide to Stall/Spin Awareness.

Stowell conducts numerous safety seminars annually, crisscrossing the USfrom Alaskato Florida, Californiato Massachusetts. He has given seminars and instruction in Canadaas well as Indonesiaand Japan.  He also maintains the AviationLearningCenterweb site (www.RichStowell.com).  Stowell upgrades his own piloting skills by participating in the FAA Wings and IAC Achievement Awards Programs.  Holder of NAFI’s first Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation, he also serves as an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor and is a member of AOPA, EAA, IAC, and NAFI.

Stowell (Rich@RichStowell.com) represented the Van Nuys FSDO and the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional CFI winners include Master CFI Michael Berlin of West Hartford, Connecticut (FAA’s Eastern Region); Janice Gray Driscoll of Kernersville, North Carolina (FAA’s Southern Region); Master CFI Helen D “Pat” Knight of Naperville, Illinois (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Master CFI Janice Walton of Marion, Iowa (FAA’s Central Region); and Charles “Bud” Welch of Arkadelphia, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region).

 

2006 ASC OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI Gene Hudson, a resident of Mission Hills, California is the chief flight instructor and president of Gene Hudson Flight Training (www.GeneHudson.com), a CFR Part 61 flight school at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).  He specializes in instrument, high-performance and technically advanced aircraft training.

Gene Hudson

His interest in aviation developed early while building plastic and balsawood model aircraft.  That led to becoming a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol where, in 1971, he had his first flight in a Cessna 150.  For the next ten years, his flight training was put on hold because of high school, college and a 4-year stint in the US Army’s signal corps.  Finally in the mid-1980s, he was able to acquire the necessary certificates and ratings to become a flight instructor, a profession he has practiced since 1987.

An Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) for more than 18 years, his skills as a lecturer are widely known in southernCalifornia.  He regularly offers WINGS safety seminars to standing-room-only crowds on such topics as instrument flying techniques, airspace, landings and the human factors of flight.  He also lectures to local pilot examiners on human factors and the psychology of pilot error as a part of their annual recurrency training.  In each of the past two years, he has made presentations at EAA’s AirVenture and AOPA’s Expo.  In addition, the FAA frequently calls upon him to provide remedial training to pilots as a substitute for certificate enforcement action.

Hudsonalso promotes aviation safety through the written word.  His articles have appeared in Plane & Pilot, Private Pilot and SoCal Aviation Review as well as the US Air Force Flight Safety magazine.  He is the author of one book, Instrument Flying Made Easy, and is currently working on a companion volume that will help pilots recognize and recover from vacuum and other failures in instrument conditions.

Continuing to upgrade his own aviation skills, he has taken advanced training to become a Cirrus Standardized Instructor and teaches in the Cessna Pilots Association’s operations course.  In 2005,Hudson’s flight school was named aCirrusStandardizedTrainingCenter.  Holder of Master CFI accreditation, he is a member of AOPA, EAA and NAFI.

Hudson(Flyer190@adelphia.net) represented the Van Nuys FSDO and the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional ASC winners include air traffic controller Andrew Eugene “Andy” Applegate of Nashua, New Hampshire (FAA’s New England Region); Randy Lee Coller of Jackson, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Homer Glenn Ellis, CFI & AME, of Fort Smith, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region); air traffic controller Robin Marie Huston of Wichita, Kansas (FAA’s Central Region);  Harold Gene “Joe” Johanson of Port Orange, Florida (FAA’s Southern Region); John Robert Scott, CFI, of Denver, Colorado (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); and Frank Scotto, CFI, of Brooklyn, New York (FAA’s Eastern Region).

 

2006 AMT OF THE YEAR:  Joe Hawkins has been an airframe & powerplant (A&P) technician for almost 30 years and has held inspection authorization (IA) for 15 of those years.

Joe Hawkins

The seeds that grew into his 3-decade long aviation career were planted early in life by his grandfather, a World War II Navy pilot.  At age 22, Hawkins joined the US Army where he received his initial aviation maintenance training.  As a CH-47 Chinook helicopter flight engineer with the 101st Airborne, he earned air crew wings and an Army Commendation Medal.

In 1979, after his 3-year stint in the Army, he began his civilian aviation career with Stevens Aviation, first inSouth Carolinaand later inNashville.  During his tenure at Stevens, Hawkins was instrumental in creating repair station manuals, establishing shop routines and safety procedures, enhancing the customer base and developing personnel training.  He also had time to hone his technical and trouble shooting skills on a wide variety of general aviation aircraft ranging from Beech Sundowners and Bell Helicopters to Citations and Learjets.

Hawkins left Stevens in 1991 and took a position as chief aviation maintenance technician forTennessee’s Department of Transportation (TDOT) inNashville.  While there, he was responsible for the maintenance, repair and airworthiness of a fleet of piston and turbine powered state owned aircraft.

Hearing the call of academia, Hawkins enrolled in Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) as a 39-year old freshman.  In 1999, he was awarded a BS degree in Aviation Maintenance Management from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  That was followed shortly thereafter with a Masters of Education.

After almost a decade as an MTSU student, Hawkins switched roles and is now an assistant professor in MTSU’s Aerospace Department teaching maintenance management courses in their Part 147 curriculum.  He also assists with the maintenance and repair of the university’s two corporate aircraft.  A long time FAA aviation safety counselor, he serves on the steering committee forNashville’s annual Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Conference.  He is also a member of EAA, CAP, UAA and PAMA.

Hawkins (JHawkins@mtsu.edu) represented the Nashville FSDO as well as the FAA’s Southern Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include Patrick G “Pat” Davis of Lafayette, Colorado (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); Donnie Joe Lewellen of Friona, Texas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Leroy Alan Muise of Trenton, Maine (FAA’s New England Region); James “Jim” Tafralian of Howell, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and Robert M “Bob” Takamine of Honolulu, Hawaii (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

 

2006 AVIONICS TECH OF THE YEAR:  Terry Markovich, a Houston native, has had an interest in electronics since 1967 when he was eight years old.  While a high school student, he had his first real exposure to the world of aviation and avionics when a family friend suggested that

Terry Markovich

he apply for an avionics vocational training position with Atlantic Aviation inHouston,Texas.  He started training part time inAtlantic’s avionics department in April of 1977 and upon graduation from high school, became a full time avionics technician.

After a succession of avionics positions in the Houstonarea, he went to Duncan Aviation (www.DuncanAviation.com) in 1985 as an avionics technician and manager of their newHouston avionics shop.  His primary duty was to oversee all avionics service work.

For the next eight years, he served as a technician and manager in Duncan Aviation’s avionics departments inWashington,DCandRonkonkoma,New York.  At both of those locations, he managed two separate 3-man avionics shops while providing oversight of all service and installation work.

In March of 1995, he relocated toBedminster,New Jerseyand again took a position with Duncan Aviation in their FAA Part 145 repair station and avionics department at Teterboro Airport (TEB).  There, he manages an avionics shop with 16 employees while supervising avionics installations, installation engineering and troubleshooting in corporate turbine aircraft.

Markovich’s lifelong interest in electronics and avionics led to the creation of his own business, Aviation Tools (www.AvionicTools.com), in 2004.  While satisfying his engineering curiosity and his desire to learn more about embedded software programming, he also designs aviation oriented test equipment.  A member of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) since 1997, Markovich has served on AEA’s Region I Board of Directors.

An avid mountain biker, snowboarder and windsurfer, Markovich still finds time outside the shop to pursue his interest in electronics by reading physics, electrical engineering and software engineering texts.  He also furthers his professional skills and education by studying new trends in avionics as well as participating in training courses offered by avionics manufacturers.

Markovich (Terry_Markovich@DuncanAviation.com) represented the Teterboro FSDO and the FAA’s Eastern Region.  This year’s other regional avionics technician winners were Alan Ray “Al” Hosier of Alma, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Charles Joseph “Chuck” Lirette of Memphis, Tennessee (FAA’s Southern Region); and Gary Lee Ross of Grand Ledge, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).  

The General Aviation Awards program executive committee includes the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).  Additional support and sponsorship are provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA).

2005 National GA Awards Winners Named

In each of the past 42 years, the General Aviation Awards Program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and a dozen industry sponsors.  The selection process begins at local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the nine regional FAA offices.  Panels of aviation professionals within the various fields then select national winners from the pool of regional awardees.

Recipients of this year’s national awards are John Anthony Teipen of University City, Missouri, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Michael Cheever Church of Costa Mesa, California, Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year; Michael O’Brian “Mike” Branham of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; and Charles Allen Hanner of Lincoln, Nebraska, Avionics Technician of the Year.

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present the national awards during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture 2005 inOshkosh,Wisconsin.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation safety and education,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairman.  “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

 

2005 CFI OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI John Teipen exemplifies the standard of professionalism in the field of flight instruction.  He is involved in all levels of aviation education from soaring and seaplanes to academics and CFI continuing education.

John Teipen

Earning a pilot certificate in 1984, he became a certificated flight instructor in 1996.  He teaches in the aviation program atSt LouisCommunity Collegeand is an independent flight instructor in theSt Louisarea specializing in tailwheel endorsements and upset/spin training in his recently rebuilt 1969 Bellanca 7ECA Citabria.  He also serves as an aviation safety counselor as well as a designated pilot examiner in airplanes and gliders.

The Greater St Louis Flight Instructors Association, St Louis Soaring Association, the local Aeronca Champ Club and EAA’s Young Eagles Program all benefit from his many hours of pro bono service.  Starting out as a flight instructor revalidation clinic (FIRC) lecturer for the Greater St Louis Flight Instructors Association, he now serves as the association’s FIRC director.  He is also a founding member of theSt Louispilot examiners group.

Teipen believes in continuing education for all pilots and includes himself in that regimen.  During the past five years, he has added airplane multiengine land (MEL), airplane single engine sea (SES) and multiengine instructor (MEI) ratings.  A regular attendee at safety seminars, he has also achieved level eight in the FAA’s Pilot Proficiency Awards “WINGS” program.

He is one of approximately 450 aviation educators worldwide who holds a Master Instructor designation.  This professional accreditation is granted by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) to outstanding aviation educators who are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community.  He is a longtime member of NAFI as well as AOPA, EAA and IAC.

Teipen (John@Teipen.com) represented the St Louis FSDO and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional CFI winners include Master CFI Judy Cadmus of Collegeville, Pennsylvania (FAA Eastern Region); Master CFI Lonnie Hilkemeier of Boulder, Colorado (FAA Northwest Mountain Region); Master CFI Gene Hudson of Sylmar, California (FAA Western Region); Master CFI Dan Keen of Lafayette, Indiana (FAA Great Lakes Region); John Moyers of Burlington, North Carolina (FAA Southern Region); Paul Pitts of Keller, Texas (FAA Southwest Region);  and Ann Walko of Wisasset, Maine (FAA New England Region).

 

2005 ASC OF THE YEAR:  Master CFI Michael Church has been a flight instructor for 35 years and has served as an Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) for more than 16 of those years.  He is the chief flight instructor and president of Sunrise Aviation, a Part 141 flight school andCessnaPilotCenter atSanta Ana’s John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA).

Michael Church

As president and a longtime board member of the Western Pacific Aviation Safety Foundation, Church has worked in partnership with the FAA’s Western Pacific Regional Office to promote aviation safety initiatives through education.  He participates in the FAA’s WINGS program and provides informational as well as aviation safety seminars.  He also regularly makes presentations to the non-flying public about airports, flight training and aerobatic flight.  The FAA frequently calls upon him to provide remedial training to pilots as a substitute for certificate enforcement action.

In addition to his duties as chief CFI of Sunrise Aviation, Church is also a Cirrus authorized flight instructor as well as a prolific author.  He writes aerobatic manuals, flight course syllabi and DVD ground school courses.  A contributing editor for both Private Pilot and Pacific Flyer, he provides monthly columns for those publications entitled “IFR Refresher” and “Back to Basics,” respectively.

Church is active in the International Aerobatics Club (IAC) on the local and national levels.  He is the secretary and director of communications for IAC’s Chapter 36.  His duties include editing the chapter’s newsletter and functioning as webmaster for their web site.  He has served as a judge at aerobatic competitions for 12 years, coached chapter members, operated training camps, been a competitor himself and is now an aerobatic contest director.

Continuing to upgrade his own aviation skills, he has taken advanced training to become a Cirrus standardized instructor and a facilitator for interactive computer avionics training with Electronic Flight Solutions.  He continues to take advanced aerobatic training from nationally renowned instructors.  Holder of both Master CFI and Master CFI-Aerobatic designations, he is a member of AOPA, EAA, IAC and NAFI.

Church (MC@SunriseAviation.com) represented the Long Beach FSDO and the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  This year’s other regional ASC winners include Joseph R Brigham of Bow, New Hampshire (FAA’s New England Region); Dennis R Gardisser of Lonoke, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Brian L Robbins of Columbus, New Jersey (FAA’s Eastern Region); John R Scott of Denver, Colorado (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); John Paul St Peter of Detroit, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and James Edward Trusty of Old Hickory, Tennessee (FAA’s Southern Region).

 

2005 AMT OF THE YEAR:  Mike Branham began his aviation maintenance career in 1981 as a crew chief on a US Air Force KC135A Stratotanker.  After serving four years in the Air Force, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard where he worked as a flight mechanic on the HH-65A Dolphin helicopter and a dropmaster on the HU25A Falcon Jet.

Mike Branham

During his time in the Coast Guard, he specialized in aircraft composite structural repair.  He also participated in search and rescue missions, fishery patrols, and drug enforcement missions.  In recognition of his performance on these missions, he was awarded a Coast Guard Commendation Medal.

He received his airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic certification in 1990.  After leaving the Coast Guard, he worked as lead mechanic for Raytheon Aircraft Systems performing depot level inspections on Navy T-34/44s.  He also served as a crew chief for Ozark Aircraft Systems at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA).  In that capacity, he supervised the inspections and line maintenance for American Eagle Emory Air 145/135s.

In 1999, he began his career with Wal-Mart Stores as an aircraft technician maintaining their corporate fleet.  In January of 2000, he was granted inspection authorization by the FAA and joined Wal-Mart Aviation’s quality assurance team.  He was also named manager of their nondestructive testing program.  In 2004, he was promoted to Wal-Mart’s maintenance manager.  In that position, he helps maintain a fleet of more than 20 corporate aircraft including Lear 31s, 35s, 45s, Global Express and a Challenger.  Last year, the aircraft of Wal-Mart Aviation flew over 16,000 hours throughout the world.

When not overseeing the maintenance of Wal-Mart’s aircraft fleet, he enjoys restoring his 1969 Camaro and spending time with his family onTablerockLakein the Ozark Mountains of northernArkansas.

Branham (MBranha@Wal-Mart.com) represented the Little Rock FSDO as well as the FAA’s Southwest Region.  This year’s other regional AMT winners include John Joseph Connolly of Centerville, Maine (FAA New England Region); William David Cruey of Batavia, Ohio  (FAA Great Lakes Region); Fred Everett Hetrick of Berryton, Kansas (FAA Central Region); Roy Merritt Hines of Raleigh, North Carolina (FAA Southern Region); John Charles Perry of Rangely, Colorado (FAA Northwest Mountain Region); and Bobby Gene Speaker of Sun City, Arizona (FAA Western Pacific Region).

 

2005 AVIONICS TECH OF THE YEAR:  Charles Hanner’s first exposure to the world of aviation came through stories told to him by his grandfather, a World War II Navy veteran who maintained Vought F4U Corsairs and North American P-51 Mustangs.  These stories planted the seeds that later germinated into a career as a professional avionics technician.

Charles Hanner

His interest in electronics developed through his participation in a basic high school electronics course.  After graduation, he decided to pursue that interest further and enrolled atWesternIowaTechCommunity CollegeinSioux City,Iowa.  While there, he majored in telecommunications and graduated in 1990 with a degree in telecommunications technology.

Armed with this training, he applied for a position in 1990 as an avionics technician at the headquarters facility of Duncan Aviation at Lincoln Airport (LNK) inLincoln,Nebraska.  A member of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), Duncan is an FAA repair station as well as a full service FBO.  With more than 1800 employees, they have service centers inLincolnas wellBattle Creek,Michigan.  Initially, Hanner performed component level repairs on autopilots and flight director systems while also doing some line maintenance.  His introduction to general aviation aircraft test flights was on a Lear 25D and what an introduction that was!

In January of 1998, he was promoted to avionics line team leader and continues in that position today.  In that capacity, he schedules aircraft maintenance, coordinates work on aircraft, mentors other technicians, works directly with customers and supervises the daily operations ofDuncan’s avionics line maintenance team.  He also finds time to continue his professional education by taking systems training, management and team-focused courses.  In addition to an FAA repairman certificate, he also holds an FCC general radiotelephone license with a ship radar endorsement.

Hanner (Charles_Hanner@DuncanAviation.com) represented the Lincoln FSDO and the FAA’s Central Region.  This year’s other regional avionics technician winners were Kirt Thomas Sanderbeck of Sherman, Illinois (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Andrew James Scanlon of Ellsworth, Maine (FAA’s New England Region); Edward Ernest Stertmann of Pine Bluff, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Thomas Patrick Supon of Rincon, Georgia (FAA’s Southern Region); and Harold Webster Wells of Peoria, Arizona (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).

The General Aviation Awards program executive committee includes the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).  Additional support and sponsorship are provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA).