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.
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.
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.
Marvin Hornbostel lives and works in Junction City, Kansas. Marvin represents the Wichita FSDO and the Central Region. He owns Raven Aero Services.
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.
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.
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.