Teipen represented the St Louis FSDO and the FAA's Central Region. This year's other regional CFI winners include Master CFI Judy Cadmus of Collegeville, PA (FAA Eastern Region); Master CFI Lonnie Hilkemeier of Boulder, CO (FAA Northwest Mountain Region); Master CFI Gene Hudson of Sylmar, CA (FAA Western Region); Master CFI Dan Keen of Lafayette, IN (FAA Great Lakes Region); John Moyers of Burlington, NC (FAA Southern Region); Paul Pitts of Keller, TX (FAA Southwest Region); and Ann Walko of Wisasset, ME (FAA New England Region).
2005 ASC OF THE YEAR: Michael Church
Master CFI Michael Church has been a flight instructor for 35 years and has served as an Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) for more than 16 of those years. He is the chief flight instructor and president of Sunrise Aviation, a Part 141 flight school and Cessna Pilot Center at Santa Ana's John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA).
As president and a longtime board member of the Western Pacific Aviation Safety Foundation, Church has worked in partnership with the FAA's Western Pacific Regional Office to promote aviation safety initiatives through education. He participates in the FAA's WINGS program and provides informational as well as aviation safety seminars. He also regularly makes presentations to the non-flying public about airports, flight training and aerobatic flight. The FAA frequently calls upon him to provide remedial training to pilots as a substitute for certificate enforcement action.
In addition to his duties as chief CFI of Sunrise Aviation, Church is also a Cirrus authorized flight instructor as well as a prolific author. He writes aerobatic manuals, flight course syllabi and DVD ground school courses. A contributing editor for both Private Pilot and Pacific Flyer, he provides monthly columns for those publications entitled "IFR Refresher" and "Back to Basics," respectively.
Church is active in the International Aerobatics Club (IAC) on the local and national levels. He is the secretary and director of communications for IAC's Chapter 36. His duties include editing the chapter's newsletter and functioning as webmaster for their web site. He has served as a judge at aerobatic competitions for 12 years, coached chapter members, operated training camps, been a competitor himself and is now an aerobatic contest director.
Continuing to upgrade his own aviation skills, he has taken advanced training to become a Cirrus standardized instructor and a facilitator for interactive computer avionics training with Electronic Flight Solutions. He continues to take advanced aerobatic training from nationally renowned instructors. Holder of both Master CFI and Master CFI-Aerobatic designations, he is a member of AOPA, EAA, IAC and NAFI.
Church represented the Long Beach FSDO and the FAA's Western Pacific Region. This year's other regional ASC winners include Joseph R. Brigham of Bow, NH (FAA's New England Region); Dennis R. Gardisser of Lonoke, AR (FAA's Southwest Region); Brian L. Robbins of Columbus, NJ (FAA's Eastern Region); John R. Scott of Denver, CO (FAA's Northwest Mountain Region); John Paul St. Peter of Detroit, MI (FAA's Great Lakes Region); and James Edward Trusty of Old Hickory, TN (FAA's Southern Region).
2005 AMT OF THE YEAR: Mike Branham
Mike Branham began his aviation maintenance career in 1981 as a crew chief on a US Air Force KC135A Stratotanker. After serving four years in the Air Force, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard where he worked as a flight mechanic on the HH-65A Dolphin helicopter and a dropmaster on the HU25A Falcon Jet.
During his time in the Coast Guard, he specialized in aircraft composite structural repair. He also participated in search and rescue missions, fishery patrols, and drug enforcement missions. In recognition of his performance on these missions, he was awarded a Coast Guard Commendation Medal.