You Can't Beat the View

Acting Administrator Robert A. Sturgell, presenting the General Aviation Awards at Theater in the Woods, Oshkosh, WI.

First, the National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year of 2008 is Max Trescott of Mountain View, California. Max is an independent Palo Alto-area flight and ground instructor specializing in instrument and technically advanced aircraft training. He is a Master CFI, a Master Ground Instructor, and a FAAST Team representative. Max is also an author and speaker, and he’s the founder of Glass Cockpit Publishing. He represented the San Jose FSDO area as well as the FAA's Western Pacific Region.

Next is the 2008 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year, Mr. Mike Busch of Arroyo Grande, California. Mike is the founder and president of Savvy Aviator, a company that provides maintenance training for aircraft owners. He holds an A&P in addition to being a flight instructor. Mike is a writer and instructor for the Cessna Pilots Association. He represented the San Jose FSDO area as well as the FAA's Western Pacific Region.

And now, the 2008 National Avionics Technician of the Year, Mr. Tim Adkison of Benton, Kentucky. Tim is the manager of avionics with Midwest Aviation Services at Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah, Kentucky. With almost 20 years of experience, he is responsible for training technicians as well as the repair, installation, calibration, overhaul and inspection of avionics, instruments and accessories. Tim represented the Louisville FSDO area as well as the FAA's Central Region.

And finally, the 2008 National FAAST Team Representative of the Year, John Teipen of University City, Missouri. John has been active in the FAA's safety programs as a FAAST Team representative and Aviation Safety Counselor for more than 10 years. The chief flight instructor and president of Aeronautical Proficiency Training, John holds Master CFI as well as Master Ground Instructor accreditation and was the 2005 National CFI of the Year. He represented the Saint Louis FSDO area and the FAA's Central Region.

Gentlemen, it’s an honor to stand here with you.

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