2013 National General Aviation Award Winners Named
2013 NATIONAL AMT OF THE YEAR: 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.
2013 NATIONAL AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR: 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.
2013 NATIONAL CFI OF THE YEAR: 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.
2013 NATIONAL FAA SAFETY TEAM REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR: Mark Madden ofAnchorage, AK, is the 2013 National FAASTeam Representative of the Year. Mark is currently a Professor of Aviation Technology in the Aviation Technology Division at theUniversityofAlaska. 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.
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.
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 (ArtAirSports@aol.com, 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@zcomcast.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.
PAST NATIONAL WINNERS
NATIONAL CFIs of the Year
NATIONAL AMTs of the Year
NATIONAL Avionics Techs
- 2011 - Russell John Callender Jr
- 2010 – Kirk H Peterson
- 2009 – Paul Jerome “Jerry” Stooksbury
- 2008 – Timothy Daniel ADKISON
- 2007 – Jerry D LUTTRULL
- 2006 – Terry MARKOVICH
- 2005 – Charles HANNER
- 2004 – Keith LEWIS
- 2003 – Al INGLE
- 2002 – Brady TERRY
- 2001 – Brenda OLSON
- 2000 – Robert LENERT
- 1999 – Daniel DERBY
FAASTeam Reps / Safety Counselors
- 2011 – * Vicki Lynn SHERMAN
- 2010 – * Thomas P TURNER
- 2009 - Kent Blair LEWIS
- 2008 – * John Anthony TEIPEN
- 2007 – Cheryl Ann DeFilipo HARDY
- 2006 – * Eugene Charles HUDSON
- 2005 – *MichaelCheeverCHURCH
- 2004 – * Walter Schuyler SCHAMEL
- 2003 – LtCol James MC DONALD
- 2002 – no award presented
- 2001 – * Adrian Allen EICHHORN
- 2000 – Hank BRUCKNER
- 1999 – Patrick DUNCAN
- 1998 – * Michael Taylor VIVION
- 1997 – Johnny SUMMERS
- 1996 – JamesGARDNER
- 1995 – Ralph K PARK
* = Master CFI or Master CFI-Aerobatic