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GA Awards Presentation Details Announced

Oshkosh, WI – The General Aviation Awards Program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced that the General Aviation Awards presentations will be held at the AirVenture FAA Safety Center beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  This is the first time this indoor venue will be used for the presentations.  Officials are excited about the opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to view the proceedings in FAASafety Center’s air-conditioned environment.  Plans are also being made to broadcast the event live on FAASTeamTV.  This joint venture will recognize a group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for the important role they play in aviation safety and education.

In addition to this new location for the awards presentations, the joint GAAwds/FAA team has also announced that the FAA will be represented by Barry Cooper, the FAA’s Great Lakes Region Administrator.  Representing the General Aviation industry and co-hosting the awards presentation will be Greg Feith, a 20 year veteran of the NTSB.

Cooper became the administrator of the FAA’s Great Lakes Region in 2007.  As Regional Administrator, he serves as the FAA’s primary representative and liaison regarding aviation issues and activities within the 8-state Great Lakes Region.

Feith consults on aviation safety and security matters, instructs for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; contributes articles to Business & Commercial Aviation and appears regularly as an expert on aviation safety and security on NBC and MSNBC.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and dozens of industry sponsors.  Recipients of the 2013 National General Aviation Awards who will be recognized are William T. “Bill” Fifles of Honolulu, Hawaii – Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Bruce Allan Lundquist of Willis, Michigan – Avionics Technician (AVN Tech) of the Year; Dean Wesley Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska – Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; and Master CFI Mark Edward Madden of Anchorage, Alaska – FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam Rep) Representative of the Year.  Nominations / applications for the 2014 awards are currently being accepted by FAA Safety Team managers at FSDOs nationwide.

The awards program relies upon the support of donors and sponsors to be successful.  Generous financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by industry organizations, individuals and anonymous donors.  Additional sponsorship and donations are always welcome.  Special thanks go to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for hosting the GA Awards program and other special GA Awards events during AirVenture.

To learn more about the General Aviation Awards program, visit its website at:  http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/

Financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by the following:

Women in Aviation International (WAI), Universal Avionics Systems Corporation (UASC), Snap-On Tools (Snap-On), Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Ninety-Nines International (The 99s), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Rod Machado, King Schools (King), Jeppesen – A Boeing Company (Jeppesen), Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream), Gleim Publications (Gleim), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Garmin International (Garmin), FAASTeam Associates LLC (FAASTeam), the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Duncan Aviation, David Clark Company, Cessna Aircraft Corporation (Cessna), Bose Corporation (Bose), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMTSociety), Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), and numerous anonymous individual donors.

Additional program support is being provided by:  Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), FAASTeam Associates LLC, Glenna Blackwell Photography, Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), Rich Stowell Consulting, and Virtual Accounting Services.

General Aviation Awards To Be Presented at AirVenture ’13

Oshkosh, WI – Clear skies, fair winds, the sound of radial engines buzzing in the air, the look of awe on a child’s face as formations of aircraft fill the sky…it’s EAA’s AirVenture 2013, and this is where the winners of this year’s General Aviation Awards Program will be presented their awards.  In each of the past 50 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 the important role they play in aviation safety and education.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and dozens industry sponsors.  Recipients of the 2013 National General Aviation Awards who will be recognized are William T. “Bill” Fifles of Honolulu, Hawaii – Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Bruce Allan Lundquist of Willis, Michigan- Avionics Technician (AVN Tech) of the Year; Dean Wesley Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska- Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; and Master CFI Mark Edward Madden of Anchorage, Alaska- FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam Rep) Representative of the Year.  Nominations / applications for the 2014 awards are currently being accepted by FAA Safety Team managers at FSDOs everywhere.

The program relies upon the support of donors and sponsors to be successful. Generous financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by industry organizations and anonymous donors.  Additional sponsorship and donations are always welcome.  Special thanks go to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for hosting the GA Awards program and other special GA Awards events during AirVenture.

To learn more about the General Aviation Awards program, visit its website at:

  http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/

Financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by the following:

Women in Aviation International (WAI), Universal Avionics Systems Corporation (UASC), Snap-On Tools (Snap-On), Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Ninety-Nines International (The 99s), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Rod Machado, King Schools (King), Jeppesen – A Boeing Company (Jeppesen), Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream), Gleim Publications (Gleim), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Garmin International (Garmin), FAASTeam Associates LLC (FAASTeam), the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Duncan Aviation, David Clark Company, Cessna Aircraft Corporation (Cessna), Bose Corporation (Bose), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMTSociety), Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), and Anonymous donors.

Additional program support is being provided by:  Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), FAASTeam Associates LLC, Glenna Blackwell Photography, Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), Rich Stowell Consulting, and Virtual Accounting Services.

2013 National General Aviation Award Winners Named

Annually for 50 years now, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety.

The GA Awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen industry partners. The selection process begins each September at the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) level before moving up to the Regional FAA Office level. From the pool of winners selected by the Regions, the National awards winners are chosen by panels of volunteer judges comprised of previous national winners in each of the categories.

Recipients of the 2013 National General Aviation Awards are:

  • William T. “Bill” Fifles of Honolulu, Hawaii – Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year
  • Bruce Allan Lundquist of Willis, Michigan– Avionics Technician (AVN Tech) of the Year
  • Dean Wesley Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska– Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year
  • Mark Edward Madden of Anchorage, Alaska– FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative of the Year

FAA Administrator Huerta will present plaques to these deserving National winners in July during EAA AirVenture 2013 inOshkosh,Wisconsin. Included in the prize packages for the four National winners is an all-expenses-paid trip toOshkoshto attend the awards presentation and other special GA Awards activities.

According to GA Awards committee co-chair JoAnn Hill, “These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety.”  Co-chair and previous National award recipient John Teipen added, “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers inOshkosh.”

BIOS – 2013 NATIONAL GENERAL AVIATION AWARD WINNERS

2013 NATIONAL AMT OF THE YEAR:

GAAwds 2013 AMT William Fifles
GAAwds 2013 AMT William Fifles

William “Bill” Fifles has been named the 2013 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year.  Bill holds FAA Certifications in Airframe and Powerplant with Inspection Authorization (A&P / IA), and is a Private Pilot.  He is also a State of Hawaii DOT Airport Vehicle Safety Inspector for ramp vehicles & equipment.

As a kid, Bill remembers losing track of whatever games he and his friends were playing whenever planes flew overhead.  His interest in aviation was piqued in 1981 when he did his first skydive.  His first flight experience would come at the controls of the venerable Beech 18 jump plane at JumpHawaii.  Bill eventually outgrew skydiving in favor of piloting airplanes instead.

Long after high school, and even though his passion for aviation still remained strong, Bill opened a janitorial business onKauai.  Serendipitously, the business evolved into a tour helicopter cleaning and detail company. He also operated the fuel farm for helicopters atLihueAirport.  After Hurricane Iniki devastated businesses on Kauai in 1992, Bill purchased a Piper Cherokee 140 and openedLihueAviationCenter.

In order to be able to fly, Bill learned to turn wrenches “on the job.” His true career as an aviation mechanic, however, began in January 1997 with the Genavco Corporation. There, he helped maintain a DC-3 as well as a “Super DC-3,” the DC-3S.  He also worked at Moloka‘i Air Shuttle maintaining three Piper Aztecs, two Piper Chieftains, and a Cessna 402 under FAR 135.

Bill eventually moved toSan Franciscoto work for United Airlines on their Scheduled Special Routing team troubleshooting maintenance issues.  Returning toHawaiiin 2001, he was hired by Kamaka Air to fill the shoes of his late friend and mentor as the new Director of Maintenance, the position he currently holds.  In 2003, Bill led the Kamaka maintenance team, numerous volunteers, and all the students from nearbyHonoluluCommunityCollegeAviationTrade School, in the restoration and overhaul of N9796N, the Kamaka DC-3S.  The project attracted aviation enthusiasts and journalists from around the world and provided the students with practical, hands-on airframe and powerplant training.  N9796N took the air in July 2004, and has been flying inter-island cargo runs ever since.

Bill has assisted with maintenance and repairs on a number of interesting aircraft including a Murray Air DC-8-73, Billabong Grumman G-111 Albatross, Seven-Q-Seven Omega’s Boeing 727, and the General Electric B747-100 engine testbed aircraft.  In 2009, he was asked by Hawaiian Airlines to oversee the re-assembly and subsequent maintenance of their fully restored 1929 Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker (NC-251, Serial No.154) as it returned to provide promotional and employee incentive flights overOahu.

He has assisted with Hollywood productions for TV work on “Lost” and “The Amazing Race,” as well as major motion pictures including “Pearl Harbor,” “Outbreak,” “Along Came Polly,” and “The Rundown.”  He has also been involved in many other production and photo shoots.

Bill is currently rebuilding a 1966 Citabria.  Outside of aviation, he was Hawaii’s first single male Foster Parent, and had five teenage foster sons from 1991 thru 1996.  Bill Fifles (WFifles@aol.com) represents the Honolulu FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.  Other regional AMT winners include Scott Eric Austin of Lawrence, MI representing the Great Lakes Region; Bruce Albert Berry of Blytheville, AR representing the Southwestern Region; Kenneth Lee “Ken” Gilliland of Clanton, AL representing the Southern Region; Leroy Alan Muise of Trenton, ME representing the Eastern Region; and Bret Samuel Proud of Englewood, CO representing the Northwest Mountain Region.

2013 NATIONAL AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:

GAAwds 2013 Avionics Tech Bruce Lundquist
GAAwds 2013 Avionics Tech Bruce Lundquist

Bruce Allan Lundquist of Willis,Michigan has been named the 2013 National Avionics Technician of the Year.  He holds an FAA Repairman Certificate and an FCC General Radiotelephone License.

Born inYoungstownOhio, Bruce’s interest in radio and electronics began at a young age as he listened to his grandparents’ AM/shortwave radio.  He soon began building crystal radios and stringing up antenna wires all over the backyard, much to the chagrin of his mother.  After his family moved toMichigan, Bruce received a pair of walkie-talkies for Christmas, and later bought his own CB radio station and TV with earnings from a paper route.  He read everything he could get his hands on about electronics before being old enough to take high school classes in electronics.

Upon graduating from high school in 1970, he began working at Ford Motor Company.  Rather than waiting to be drafted into the Army, he joined the US Air Force and started technical school in pursuit of aviation electronics.  He returned to the Ford Motor Company four years later, but after a few months, decided that factory life was not for him.  He used his military training to return to the aviation electronics field.

After a short stint at Northern Air Service at Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport inDetroit, Bruce obtained his FCC second-class radio telephone operator license and worked at a stereo repair shop.  In 1976, he landed a job at Quality Controlled Electronics atWillowRunAirportoutside ofDetroit.  According to Bruce, “This was a real avionics shop.  I learned a ton and completely enjoyed working there.”

Bruce then took a job at Pentastar Aviation, Inc. in 1982.  It was during this time that he would meet his future wife, Maggie.  Also located atWillowRunAirport, Pentastar was a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Corporation.  Through all of the economic difficulties that ensued at Chrysler, Bruce worked in the Pentastar accessory shop keeping all of the electrical test stands and mock-ups in good repair.  He would eventually work as avionics supervisor, inspector, lead technician, and trainer.  Once things settled down at Chrysler, the company once again purchased a few aircraft.  It was time to set up a full service, radio class I, II, and III avionics shop, as well as a full service maintenance shop, and Bruce moved into the role of Avionics Systems Specialist.

During the three decades Bruce has been there, Pentastar and Chrysler have been through many changes.  The aviation department has undergone several moves and name and ownership changes.  Pentastar Aviation LLC is now owned by Edsel Ford II and located atOaklandCountyInternationalAirportinPontiac,Michigan.  Through it all, Bruce is confident that he will retire out of this place.

Competing with avionics, boating has been Bruce’s other long-time passion.  He has been married for 26 years and has a daughter.  Bruce Lundquist (BLundquist@PentastarAviation.com) represents the East Michigan FSDO area and the FAA’s Great Lakes Region.

2013 NATIONAL CFI OF THE YEAR:

GAAwds 2013 CFI Dean Eichholz
GAAwds 2013 CFI Dean Eichholz

Dean W. Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska, has been named the 2013 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.  Dean is an independent flight instructor as well as a designated pilot examiner (DPE) and FAA check airman.  He trains and does flight checks in various aircraft suited for the diverse Alaskan environment for Transmountain Aviation, Kenai Aviation Inc. and Talon Air, Inc.  He also is employed by Falcon Insurance Agency of Alaska in Soldotna, Alaska and works with his wife as an aviation insurance broker.

Dean uses his previous experience as an aviation business owner who purchased aircraft insurance to advise pilots of all levels.  He is a vast storehouse of information on various types of aircraft, carriage of external loads, training requirements, and regulations.

Dean fell in love with flying while watching the Blue Angels perform when he was in grade school.  In college, he took out a loan to earn his private pilot certificate.  After graduation fromIdahoStateUniversitywith a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, Dean joined the US Navy pilot program.  He received his Navy Wings of Gold in 1975 and was selected to fly the A-6 Intruder inWhidbey Island,Washington.  He spent his final two years in Pensacola, Florida as an instructor pilot in the T-2 Buckeye and has maintained his passion for flight instruction ever since.

In 1980, after leaving the Navy he obtained his civilian commercial, instrument, multiengine and flight instructor certificates and ratings.  In 1983, Dean moved to Soldotna, Alaska and opened Alaska Flying Network, an FAA Part 141 flight school.  The school offered private, commercial, instrument, multiengine and seaplane training.  Dean was appointed an FAA Designated pilot examiner in 1987.  Pilots in all areas of Alaskan aviation have either been instructed or tested by Dean.  He has over 10,000 hours of flight instruction logged and over 18,000 hours flight time.  In 1999, Tom Wardleigh and Dean had the honor of instructing the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and three of his close friends for seaplane ratings.  Dean’s greatest and most rewarding training challenge was instructing a deaf pilot for a seaplane rating in the PA-12.

In 1999, Dean sold the flight school to become an Aviation Insurance Broker and part time independent CFI.  Dean was selected Flight instructor of the Year for the Alaska Region in 1990 and received a “High Flyer Award” from the FAA in 2000.

Air safety is another passion for Dean.  He was an FAA Safety counselor and is now a FAASTeam representative for theKenai Peninsula.  Since 1991, Dean has served on the board of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation and had served as a Regional Director for the Alaska Airmen’s Association from 1998 until 2003.  He is a member of AOPA, The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation, The Alaska Airmen’s Association, and SPA and is the AOPA Airport Support Representative for the Soldotna Municipal Airport.  For the past three years, he has organized the Alaska Seaplane seminar held each April in Anchorage.

Eichholz (AKFly@Alaska.net) represented the Anchorage FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Alaska Region.  Other regional CFI winners include MCFI-A Timothy John “Tim” Brill of Reno, NV representing the Western Pacific Region; George Patrick “Pat” Brown III of Houston, TX representing the Southwestern Region; Luke Andrew Collison of Arvada, CO representing the Northwest Mountain Region; Peter Gerard “Pete” Demers of Jupiter, FL representing the Southern Region;  Lee Stanley Jones of Kearneysville, WV representing the Eastern Region; and MCFI (2003-2007) Linda Hert Langrill of Midland, MI represents the Great Lakes Region.

2013 NATIONAL FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR:

GAAwds 2013 FAASTeam MCFI Mark Madden
GAAwds 2013 FAASTeam MCFI Mark Madden

Mark Madden of Anchorage, AK, is the 2013 National FAASTeam Representative of the Year.  Mark is currently a Professor of Aviation Technology in the Aviation Technology Division at the University of Alaska.  His responsibilities include classroom and individual teaching, student academic and career advising, curricula development and community service.  He has earned the Master CFI accreditation three times while maintaining these high professional standards for more than 6 years.

Mark applied for and joined the FAASTeam Safety Program because he “wanted to make a real difference in improving aviation safety in Alaska.”  He encourages all aviators to participate in the FAASTeam and WINGS Pilot Proficiency Programs.  Mark has been presenting safety seminars as a Lead Representative for the Anchorage FSDO for several years.  He has been the organizer and presenter for all the CFI/DPE workshops (FIRCs) in the Anchorage area for more than 4 years and has presented CFI specific seminars since 1999.  He participated in the spring 2011 FAASTeam National Safety Stand Down as a speaker, emcee, and organizer.

As a member and officer of the board of directors for the Alaska Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), he promotes safety in all areas of Alaskan aviation.  AASF partners with Public Television and the National Weather Service to produce a weekly TV show in conjunction with the Alaska Weather program.  You will always find him in attendance at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering (formerly The Alaska Trade Show) or the Alaska Aviation Safety Summit sponsored by the Medallion Foundation and Northern Air Cargo.

After earning a BS degree in education in 1973 and an MA degree in Management and Computer Data Management in 1984, Mark began his aviation education journey.  He completed an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology in the Pilot Entry Ab Initio Airline First Officer Program at Aims Community College in Greeley Colorado.  He is a veteran of the US Air Force and used the GI Bill and scholarships to help fund his education.

In the early 1990s Mark worked as a certificated flight instructor at P. C. Flyers inDenver,COand as Pilot Training Technical Writer for Jeppesen Sanderson inDenver.  After moving toHawaii, he worked as a customer service representative for Mahalo airlines, a charter pilot for Paragon Air and as a self-employed aviation consultant, technical writer, and instructor pilot.

In 1998, Mark began his long tenure with theUniversityofAlaskainAnchorageas a professor of Aviation Technology.  He has also been a part time pilot, instructor, and program developer for Empire Airlines, a FedEx Feeder.  Mark’s certificates and ratings include airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate with airplane multi-engine land, commercial privileges with airplane single-engine land and sea, and Instructor certificates for CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, with tailwheel endorsement.

He continues as a freelance aviation technical writer specializing in pilot training publications, video scripts, and production.  He flies as a formation pilot for air-to-air photography missions.  The owner of a Maule M5-2 10C, Mark has a clean FAA record of no accidents and no enforcements.

Mark serves on the board of directors for the Lake Hood Pilots’ Association since 2012.  He is a member of Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), University Aviation Association (UAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and Seaplanes Pilots Association (SPA).

Mark (MEMadden@UAA.Alaska.edu) represented the Anchorage FSDO area and the FAA’s Alaska Region.   Other regional FAASTeam Rep winners include MAE Gary Michael Brossett of Midland, GA representing the Southern Region; Walter Penn Hunnicutt of Bella Vista, AR representing the Southwestern Region;  Dean Christopher Marshall of East Setauket, NY representing the Eastern Region; MCFI Lynwood Karl “Woody” Minar of Dresser, WI representing the Great Lakes Region; William Edwin “Bill” Standefer of Fort Collins, CO representing the Northwest Mountain Region; and Arlene Virginia Steier of Omaha, NE representing the Central Region.

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2013 Regional GA Awards Winners Named

The National General Aviation Awards (GAAwds) 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 18 general aviation industry sponsors and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Nominations for 2014 will be accepted beginning in August.  “Everyone knows a worthy aviation professional.  I encourage you to submit a nomination for your favorite flight instructor, maintenance technician, or FAASTeam representative,” urged John Teipen, GAAwds co-chair.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, GAAwds Committee co- 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:

2013 Regional Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) of the Year 

Scott Eric Austin of Lawrence, Michigan represents the Grand Rapids FSDO and the Great Lakes Region.  Scott is the director of maintenance for Western Michigan University.  He supervises and trains a staff of 11 full time and five part time technicians.  Scott.Austin@WMich.edu

Bruce Albert Berry of Blytheville, Arkansas represents the Little Rock FSDO and the Southwestern Region.  Bruce is vice president of Flight Structures at Aviation Repair Technologies.  He is a certified Composite Trainer and trains the trainers.  BruceABerry1@gmail.com

William Thomas “Bill” Fifles of Honolulu, Hawaii represents the Honolulu FSDO and the Western Pacific Region.  Bill is director of maintenance at Kamaka Air, Inc.  He enjoys mentoring youth and young technicians.  WFifles@aol.com

Kenneth Lee “Ken” Gilliland of Clanton, Alabama represents the Birmingham FSDO and the Southern Region.  Ken is chief of maintenance at B & G Flying Service, Inc.  He also developed the maintenance program for the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.  BGFlying@mindspring.com

Leroy Alan Muise of Trenton, Maine represents the Portland FSDO and the Eastern Region.  Leroy is general manger for Columbia Air at Bar Harbor Airport.  He is committed to good customer service and competent maintenance.  BHBMaint@ColumbiaAirServices.com

Bret Samuel Proud of Englewood, Colorado represents the Denver FSDO and the Northwest Mountain Region.  Bret is an AMT and DME at Redstone College.  He instructs and mentors students in the AMT Society Maintenance Skill Competition and is a FAASTeam representative.  BProud@Redstone.edu

2013 Regional Avionics Technicians of the Year 

Bruce Allan Lundquist of Willis, Michigan represents the East Michigan (Detroit) FSDO and the Great Lakes Region.  Pentastar Aviation at the Oakland Pontiac Airport employs Bruce.  He has been the lead technician and supervisor for more than 30 years.  BLundquist@PentastarAviation.com

 

2013 Regional Certificated Flight Instructors (CFIs) of the Year 

Timothy John “Tim” Brill, a 2-time Master CFI-Aerobatic of Reno, Nevada represents the Reno FSDO and the Western Pacific Region.  Tim is the owner / chief instructor of Aerobatic Company and Flight School, Inc.  He specializes in emergency maneuver training.  Tim@AerobaticCompany.com

George Patrick “Pat” Brown III of Houston, Texas represents the Houston FSDO and the Southwestern Region.  Pat is owner/chief instructor for Houston Light Sport Aviation and a lecturer for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).  G.Pat.Brown@gmail.com

Luke Andrew Collison of Arvada, Colorado represents the Denver FSDO and the Northwest Mountain Region.  Luke is general manager/co-owner and assistant chief instructor of McAir, Inc.  Luke@McAirAviation.com

Peter Gerard “Pete” Demers of Jupiter, Florida represents the South Florida FSDO and the Southern Region.  Pete is chief flight instructor at North County Flight Training, LLC a Part 141 and Part 61 flight school.  P.Demers@live.com

Dean Wesley Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska represents the Anchorage FSDO and the Alaskan Region.  Dean is an independent flight instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner as well as a broker for Falcon Insurance Agency of Alaska, Inc.  AKFly@Alaska.net

Lee Stanley Jones of Kearneysville, West Virginia represents the Baltimore FSDO and the Eastern Region.  Lee is chief flight instructor for Aero-Smith, Inc. a Part 141 flight school and participates in numerous youth/aviation activities.  CJones110@frontiernet.net

Linda Hert Langrill, a 2-time Master CFI of Midland, Michigan represents the Grand Rapids FSDO and the Great Lakes Region.  Linda is a flight instructor for Acker Aviation in Clare, MI.  She participates in several youth aviation activities.  LLangrill@CharterMI.net 

2013 Regional FAASTeam Representatives of the Year 

Gary Michael Brossett, a 2-time Master Aviation Educator of Midland, Georgia represented the Atlanta FSDO and the Southern Region.  Gary is a certified trainer for Pratt & Whitney.  He has arranged, hosted, and/or presented more than half of all safety and WINGS programs in the state for the past three years.  BrossettG@Bellsouth.net

Walter Penn Hunnicutt of Bella Vista, Arkansas represented the Little Rock FSDO and the Southwestern Region.  Walter works fulltime for Air Resource Group and has developed safety programs for Arkansas pilots that combine operations and airworthiness topics.  Walter.Hunnicutt@gmail.com

Mark Edward Madden, a 3-time Master CFI of Anchorage, Alaska represented the Anchorage FSDO and the Alaska Region.  Mark is a professor of aviation technology at the University of Alaska.  He is a leading safety educator in the local FAASTeam, the university, and the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation.  MEMadden@UAA.Alaska.edu

Dean Christopher Marshall of East Setauket, New York represented the Farmingdale FSDO and the Eastern Region.  He is a flight instructor at Mid-Island Flight School and avidly supports the FAASTeam teaching seminars, planning events and earning the Master WINGS.  Dean@PilotCFI.com

Lynwood Karl “Woody” Minar, a 4-time Master CFI of Dresser, Wisconsin represented the Minneapolis FSDO and the Great Lakes Region.  Woody is chief instructor at Osceola Aero Sport.  He enthusiastically preaches safety while acting as CFI, DPE, Lead Rep, airport manager, and flying club board member.  Woody.Minar@CenturyTel.net

William Edwin “Bill” Standefer of Fort Collins, Colorado represented the Denver FSDO and the Northwest Mountain Region.  Bill promotes safety in the FAAST/ CFI seminars as a Lead Rep, as a major in the Civil Air Patrol, and as Chairman of the Mountain Flying Training program for the Colorado Pilots Association.  Bill@w0gm.com

Arlene Virginia Steier of Omaha, Nebraska represented the Lincoln FSDO and the Central Region.  Arlene spreads the mission of the FAASTeam to flight students, university students, and K-12 teachers in Nebraska and Iowa.  AVSteier@cox.net

Financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), Snap-On Tools (Snap-On), Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE),  Ninety-Nines International (The 99s), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), Rod Machado, King Schools (King), Jeppesen – A Boeing Company (Jeppesen), Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream), Gleim Publications (Gleim), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), Garmin International (Garmin), FAASTeam Associates LLC (FAASTeam), the Flight School Ass’n of North America (FSANA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Duncan Aviation (Duncan), David Clark Company, Cessna Aircraft Corporation (Cessna), Bose Corporation (Bose), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA), Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), “Anonymous,” and especially the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA).

Additional support is being provided by Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), FAASTeam Associates LLC, Glenna Blackwell Photography, John Teipen, Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), Rich Stowell Consulting (RichStowell.com), and GAAwds web mistress Jenny Furst of Virtual Accounting Services.

For additional GA Awards program info, call 303-485-8136 & visit  http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/

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

GA Awards AirVenture After Action Report ‐ 2012

Recipients of the 2012 National General Aviation Awards are A&P / IA Marvin Hornbostel of Junction City KS (AMT of the Year); CFI Jeanné Willerth of Lee’s Summit MO (FAASTeam Rep of the Year); MCFI Hobie Tomlinson of Huntington VT (CFI of the Year); and Rick Ochs, an FAA Repairman & pilot, of Gahanna OH (Avionics Tech of the Year).

FAA Administrator Huerta, Hornbostel, Willerth, Tomlinson & Ochs

Upon their arrival at AirVenture, the winners and their guests were provided with extensive tours of the grounds to highlight important GA Awards locations (e.g., Meet the Administrator venue, Theater in the Woods, GA Awards luncheon, Pioneer Airport, the Tri-motor shack, AirVenture museum, etc). EAA continues its extraordinarily generous support of the GA Awards program with such things as:

  • The GA Awards luncheon venue;
  • Theater in the Woods venue;
  • Week-long wristbands for each winner and a guest;
  • “B” Lot parking passes;
  • AirVenture programs & maps;
  • Ford Tri-motor & helicopter flights;
  • A, B, C, D, E “all gates” vehicle passes;
  • A 6-place golf cart for transporting winners, their guests, and their gifts.

All four national winners and their guests stated repeatedly and emphatically that they had a wonderful time at AirVenture and that they were made to feel very much at home. All four stayed at a Comfort Inn in Fond du Lac. The committee will have to pay some extra lodging fees this year because that hotel is now requiring a 5-night minimum. Four new nameplates for the 2012 national winners were added to the large perpetual plaque hanging in the EAA museum’s Halls of Fame area now located in the downstairs hallway by the Vette Theatre entrance.

Oshkosh GA Awards perpetual plaque

FAA Administrator Michael “Mike” Huerta arrived for Wednesday evening’s program at Theater in the Woods. Valerie Palazzolo, acting Nat’l FAASTeam Manager, and Nat’l GA Awards program chair JoAnn Hill introduced the program, a cooperative effort between industry and FAA, and described how the nomination and judging process works. The audience of approximately 1500 AirVenture attendees were encouraged to nominate worthy individuals in the four GA Awards categories. They also explained that the program’s expenses and the gifts for the four national winners are covered by the program’s industry sponsors.

They then introduced the Administrator who, in turn, introduced the winners to the audience. Huerta presented the award winners with their FAA plaques. That was followed by each individual’s “This is your life in aviation” video prepared by Nat’l GA Awards vice chair John Teipen. Afterwards, each of the gave a brief thank-you / acceptance speech. All recent GA Awards videos can be found on You Tube at:  http://www.YouTube.com/user/GeneralAviationAward

Administrator Huerta & FAASTeam Rep Jeanné Willerth

Once again, John Teipen proved to be the hero of the day. When the EAA theatre folks were unable to locate the DVDs, he provided four extra copies he had brought along just in case. Glenna Blackwell took photos of the winners both onstage and backstage. Many of her photos will soon be posted on the GA Awards website at http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/ Many thanks also to EAA’s Jane Smith (Lieutenant Smith!) as well as longtime EAA volunteers Steve Weaver, Margie Weaver, and Judy Mueller for making sure the awards presentations went off without a hitch.

On Thursday morning, Administrator Huerta arrived at the Honda Pavilion for the “Meet the Administrator” news conference. He once again acknowledged and introduced the four national award winners to a large audience.

The GA Awards LLC committee hosted a luncheon on Thursday afternoon (26Jul12) in Nature Center Tent #2 that was attended by approximately 60 people. It was at this event that the award recipients received their gifts from industry. Each winner had a table covered with gifts including $1000 gift certificates from Snap-On Tools and checks from AOPA & NATA. Industry gift donors were given the opportunity to present their gifts in person to the winners. Glenna Blackwell took many more photos. For the past several years, all past national award winners for whom we have contact information and this year’s regional winners have been invited. Even though Mother Nature presented us with the challenge of a torrential downpour, we were able to salvage all gifts and still have a memorable luncheon. Thanks also to OSH Whitman Field Operations Manager and SAFE director John Dorcey who took custody of and stored the GA Awards gifts mailed to Oshkosh prior to AirVenture.

Also in attendance were one previous AMT of the Year, one previous Avionics Tech of the Year, four previous ASCs / FAASTeam Reps, and five previous CFIs of the Year. Two 2012 regional winners were there along with representatives from many of the program’s industry sponsoring organizations. For the second year, there was a full-color printed program (attached to this report) featuring the four winners with photos and short biographies. Sponsors, gift donors, and supporters were included as well. At the luncheon’s conclusion, JoAnn announced the recent formation of General Aviation Awards LLC and named the board of directors who had worked tirelessly to put together this year’s program (Chairman JoAnn Hill; Vice-chair John Teipen [past CFI & FAASTeam Rep of the Year]; Secretary Mike Gaffney [past CFI of the Year]; Treasurer Paul New [past AMT of the Year], fund raisers Paul Burger (AFASF) & GAMA’s Kate Fraser; and GA Awards LLC communications director Sandy Hill. It is a goal of the group to ultimately have previous award winners maintain the awards program.

The four winners were also special guests at Thursday evening’s SAFE membership dinner at the Whitman Airport terminal that was attended by more than 180 hungry aviators. After helicopter sightseeing flights and Ford Trimotor rides, most of the winners departed on Saturday.

The July / August 2012 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine (formerly FAA Aviation News) has a wonderful 4-page spread (pages 28 to 31) on this year’s General Aviation Awards (see www.FAA.gov/news/Safety_Briefing/2012/media/JulAug2012.pdf ). Not only are the four national winners profiled but also all regional winners are named. Many of the sponsoring / donating / supporting organizations were also identified in the article. Our sincere thanks and kudos go to the crew at FAA Safety Briefing for the great coverage and for recognizing all of these outstanding aviation professionals. A nice write-up also appeared in Wednesday’s edition of the AirVenture Today newspaper in addition to a dozen or more industry e-publications. These are yet more examples of the FAA and industry working together to recognize excellence!

Financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by Women in Aviation International (WAI), Snap-On Tools (Snap-On), Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky), the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Ninety-Nines International (The 99s), the National Business Aviation Ass’n (NBAA), the National Ass’n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), the National Air Transportation Ass’n (NATA), Rod Machado, King Schools (King), Jeppesen – A Boeing Company (Jeppesen), Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream), Gleim Publications (Gleim), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass’n (GAMA), Garmin International (Garmin), FAASTeam Associates LLC (FAASTeam), the Flight School Ass’n of North America (FSANA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Duncan Aviation (Duncan), David Clark Company, Cessna Aircraft Corporation (Cessna), Bose Corporation (Bose), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass’n (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass’n (ARSA), Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), “Anonymous,” and especially the Experimental Aircraft Ass’n (EAA).

Additional program support is being provided by Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), Glenna Blackwell Photography, John Teipen, Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), Rich Stowell Consulting (RichStowell.com), and webmistress Jenny Furst (Virtual Accounting Services).

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”

 

General Aviation Awards LLC Announced

The General Aviation Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the group has recently formed General Aviation Awards LLC.  The seven member board of directors is made up volunteers who have agreed to take on the work of the awards program.  Industry groups and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) partner each year to recognize outstanding professionals in the fields of Flight Instruction (CFI), Aviation Maintenance (AMT), Avionics Technology (AVN), and representatives in the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) program.

JoAnn Hill, president of Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), has agreed to remain as national chairman for another term.  John Teipen, the 2005 National CFI of the Year as well as the 2008 National FAASTeam Representative of the Year will serve as vice-chairman.  2007 National CFI of the Year Mike Gaffney will serve as secretary while 2007 National AMT of the Year Paul New has assumed the treasurer’s duties.  Sandy Hill of MI LLC will serve on the board and chair the Communications/Marketing Committee.   Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AFASF) executive director Paul Burger has agreed to continue chairing the Fund Raising Committee.  Kate Fraser, manager of operations for General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), will join the Fund Raising Committee.  A seventh board seat is yet to be filled.  Kevin Clover, AFS 850, will serve as the FAA liaison to the Board.

Numerous updates and additions are being made to the Awards program’s official website, http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/  The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has once again agreed to host the national awards during AirVenture 2012.  Judging for the 2012 national winners is being done by past national award winners and is currently under way.  The four national winners will be announced by March 1st.  The finalists for the national award have been vetted through local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) and the FAA’s regional offices.  Industry sponsors provide funding to send the national winners to AirVenture each year and industry donors provide checks and gifts to the four national winners.

Additional information about the General Aviation Awards program as well as nomination / application forms and sponsoring opportunities is available on the program’s website.

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.

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.