As a second generation A&P technician Mike Sasso started his aviation career in high school graduating from Aviation High School in New York with my Airframe and FCC License, graduating with honors and receiving a scholarship to attend Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. He also received an AAS degree from Spartan as well as worked to complete a BS degree through Tulsa University.
He started in the industry as an avionics technician for United Airlines while completing his Powerplant certification at Solano Community College. He worked his way up at United from technician to overhaul maintenance supervisor managing the 727/737 heavy check Lines, the moving out to post check test flight management and then onto terminal operations and line operations including a stint as a station maintenance controller. Mike left United to move back to the Midwest and started at American Airlines as a sheet metal/structures mechanic, quickly moving up to run the 727 heavy check line once again and then moved to DFW where he managed the MD11 B check line operations.
After leaving American, he worked at Kitty Hawk as a MX controller and a second term as a base manager, as well as line maintenance manager for FedEx; station MX manager for Air Wisconsin; and a maintenance controller, then MRO Supervisor for Comair.
More recently, he was the manager of maintenance control for Mesaba Airlines, as well as the director of the SOC and then director of maintenance until the time it was purchased by NWA.
Upon moving out of the management realm, he was instrumental in the writing of the maintenance electronic logbook for the EFB for Teledyne Controls, and also spent some time with Jeppesen as a sales and service rep managing one of its largest accounts in NWA until it was merged with Delta.
He became active in his community starting and managing a local chamber of commerce which focused on community and b2b networking and sales and marketing training for small to medium businesses in the digital age. He still works with the Chamber at a local level in both Rockford, IL, and Minneapolis, MN.
Currently he has combined his aviation and sales knowledge at AMT Magazine and Cygnus Aviation where he is National Account. And he has started working with Rock Valley College, preparing to lead a summer program as an adjunct instructor in its A&P program.
Once again this year, Snap-On Tools is helping AMTSociety in adding/expanding our membership by giving all NEW (first time) individuals a 6-inch ratcheting screwdriver with six different tips. The offer is limited to new members only, and is limited to shipment to North American members. While Snap-on is extending the offer, this offer is limited to 600 so become a member today!
The existing member who gets the most referrals during this offer extension will win a toolbox, KRa4107, in a color of their choice. If the winner donates it to a school, a scholarship award, or fundraiser which is appropriate (related to the mission of AMTSociety, etc.), Snap-on will add $2,500 in tools of the recipient’s choice. The next nine existing members who have the most referrals will win a ratcheting screwdriver.
Thank you Snap-on!
IA renewal schedule
We’re still working on next year’s schedule but the first IA event will be held Sept. 8, 2012 at Crimson Technical College, 8911 Aviation Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301. Watch the web site, AMT magazine, and newsletters for further schedule updates.
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