October 26, 2010, Burnsville MN -- In a ceremony held last Saturday in Lakewood, CO, Thomas E. (Tom) Hendershot, executive director of the AMTSociety International, was one of seven people to be inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.
Hendershot began his lifetime career in aviation after his first airplane ride as a youngster. His path progressed through chief flight instructor, line pilot for a commuter airline, and he held several positions with Frontier Airlines. Tom holds numerous mechanic and pilot certificates and ratings from the Federal Aviation Administration.
In January 2007 Hendershot became the executive director of the AMTSociety International and since has led the growth of the organization to more than 2,800 members. Tom has also overseen the expansion of the aircraft maintenance skills competition, held annually as part of the Cygnus Aviation Expo, to more than 31 teams from around the world. Tom’s involvement with the AMTSociety International led to the many nominations submitted on his behalf to the Colorado Aviation Historical Society.
Earlier this year he was awarded the FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Meritorious Achievement Award, and he is one of only a handful of people to have earned both the prestigious Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic and the Wright Brothers Master Pilot awards.
About AMTSociety. AMTSociety is a growing organization focused on the aviation maintenance technician. Its mission is to actively promote and protect the professional aircraft maintenance technician, enhance the future of the profession, and to provide resources and benefits to its members. AMTSociety focuses on individual self-improvement for members including technological advancement, safety enhancements, and maintenance human factors training.
About Cygnus Aviation. Cygnus Aviation serves one of the world's most vital industries. A business-to-business media platform, Cygnus Aviation touches nearly all aspects of the industry -- from airports, fixed based operators, and ground support, to security and aircraft maintenance -- through its print, trade shows, online, and digital assets. No other organization fully engages their audience and effectively communicates business issues and product opportunities. Media include Airport Business, Aircraft Maintenance Technology, and Ground Support Worldwide magazines, the AMTSociety, and Cygnus Aviation Expo.