The following information was released by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA):
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) today announced the recipients of its Industry Excellence Awards given annually to individuals, offices, and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community by demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service.
NATA will present awards to the following five recipients:
Curt Epstein, Staff Editor of Aviation International News (AIN), will receive the Aviation Journalism Award that identifies a journalist, writer, or publication excelling in consumer education or editorial support in the FBO/Air Charter industry. Mr. Epstein is an excellent representative of the profession, providing timely and topical coverage on the day-to-day workings of the business and general aviation industry. He is fair and accurate, two important attributes that help define his writing and reporting skills and make him a trusted industry journalist.
The Charlotte Flight Standards District Office (EA-68) will be the recipient of NATA's FAA Customer Service Excellence Award and recognized as an FAA facility that has represented the highest degree of customer service and elevated the quality of interaction between the FAA and aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Part 135 certificate holders, airport service organizations, and flight schools. The Charlotte offices exceptional customer service and support in its efforts to assist the certificated entities in its region to ensure safety and continued growth were key to its nomination for the award. The Charlotte office is often recognized for its professionalism and its ability to address inquiries in a timely manner and with a commonsense approach.
The ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award (sponsored by Aircraft Technical Publishers) acknowledges the exceptional performance of a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for a period of 20 or more years. NATA will present this years award to Mr. Greg Paxson, Director of Maintenance for TWC Aviation, for his more than 30 years of management and technical expertise in the aircraft maintenance field. Mr. Paxsons extensive commitment to the industry includes providing thoughtful and trustworthy client service, championing continuing education and training, and promoting professionalism and strong teamwork. He not only represents the best of the maintenance field, but also uses his knowledge and enthusiasm to mentor and encourage future generations of aviation maintenance professionals.
Christopher U. Browne, Vice President and Airport Manager of Washington Dulles International Airport, is this year's recipient of the NATA Airport Executive Partnership Award. The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for his or her outstanding efforts to foster relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators. Mr. Brownes cooperative approach to airport management helps to assure the highest levels of safety, security, service and success for all involved. He embraces all facets of the airport community and creates an environment of cooperation and harmony.
Maria Canosa, President, and Vinny Billisi, Vice President and Director of Operations, of Airborne Systems Flight School will receive the Excellence In Pilot Training Award for their outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training. Ms. Canosa and Mr. Billisi have trained more than 2,000 students and have issued more than 3,500 certificates and ratings since Airborne Systems Flight School opened in 1992. Their FAA-141-approved training facility is a Cessna Pilot Center that focuses on safety and the individual needs of its students. Their state-of-the-art pilot training program and high standards have helped their students achieve positions in airline, business and general aviation fields.
"NATA is pleased to recognize these highly recommended individuals for their dedication, professionalism, and commitment to the industry," said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. "We are also proud of their focus on perpetuating the safety of general aviation collectively as well as in their individual fields."
NATA will present the awards during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner on April 22 at the Renaissance Capital View in Arlington, Virginia. The association will hold the dinner in conjunction with its Aviation Business and Legislative Conference.
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