ERAU Employee Named Arizona Avionics Technician of the Year


Prescott, Ariz., Nov. 17, 2011 – Chris Plumb, an Aircraft Avionics Technician at the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), has been named the “Arizona Avionics Technician of the Year.” This prestigious annual award is conferred by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona upon an individual who has made significant contributions to Aviation Safety. The award was presented at the annual Arizona Aviation Safety Awards Banquet at a ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz., in November. Also nominated were Embry-Riddle employees Farrell Harris, for Arizona Maintenance Technician of the Year, and Brian Brantner, for Arizona Flight Instructor of the Year.

“Chris’s professionalism, expertise and dedication have earned him the respect of all who know and work with him, “ said John “Joe” Tracy, Director of Fleet Aircraft Maintenance for the Embry-Riddle campus and Chris’s immediate supervisor. “Chris really is deserving of this award. It’s professionals like Chris, Farrell and Brian that make Embry-Riddle the best aeronautical university in the world and a great place to work.”

Embry-Riddle employers are nominated every year for these awards. Former employee Jesse Hansen was awarded the Maintenance Technician Award in 2007.

Dr. Frank Ayers, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer over the Prescott campus, notes that “safety is a number one priority” at Embry-Riddle. “We strive to achieve excellence in the skies by making safety a focus in all academic programs,” he said. “The key to our safety program is the quality and commitment of individuals like Chris Plumb, who are committed to providing the best-maintained aircraft in the industry.” Embry-Riddle Prescott offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Safety Science.

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