2012 National General Aviation Award Winners Named

LONGMONT, Colorado (29 February 2012) - In each of the past 49 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction...


Marvin provides summer jobs for students interested in aircraft restoration from Kansas State University’s Aviation School. He also works with the Junction City High School Guided Study Program to provide hands-on training to students interested in aviation maintenance. Additionally, he provides work experience and mentorship to Army aviation maintenance technicians to help them transition into civilian careers.


Marvin serves on the Junction City Airport Aviation Advisory Board and is president of EAA Chapter 1364, the "Wing Nuts." With a grant from The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, he was instrumental in starting a Youth Aviation Education Program in the local chapter. The group participates in EAA’s Young Eagles Program, has built a flight simulator, and is presently constructing a Bowers Fly-Baby.


Marvin has been married to his high school sweetheart, Janice for 55 years. Together they have four children and five grandchildren.


Hornbostel (RavenAS@Flinthills.com) represented the Wichita FSDO area as well as the FAA's Central Region. This year's other regional AMT winners include Patrick Michael “Pat” Carey of Redondo Beach, CA (FAA's Western Pacific Region); Jack Lynn Haun of Port Orange, FL (FAA's Southern Region); Robert Lee Hensley of Oklahoma City, OK (FAA's Southwest Region); Jacob Rama “Jake” Milstein of Boulder, CO (FAA's Northwest Mountain Region); Steven Nelson “Steve” Skinner from Northfield, VT (FAA's Eastern Region); and Janese ValerieThatcher-Buzzell of Inver Grove Heights, MN (FAA's Great Lakes Region


2012 NATIONAL AVIONICS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR: Eric Christopher “Rick” Ochs of Gahanna, Ohio has been named the 2012 National Avionics Technician of the Year. He owns and manages Spirit Avionics Limited, an FAA certified Part 145 repair station at Port Columbus Airport (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio.


Rick grew up in Columbus as an avid hot-rodder and attended a vocational education program entitled "Communications Electronics" in high school. It was there that he developed an interest in electronics and nurtured his mechanical aptitude.


He obtained his formal avionics training in the United States Navy and began his career on the flight deck of the carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) as an avionics troubleshooter. After his discharge from service, he received additional avionics education in the industry via a succession of positions at large and small companies.


In March of 2000, he founded his own company, Spirit Avionics. The business began as a one-man operation. Presently, Spirit Avionics employees 10 people and services military, federal, corporate, and private aircraft.


With over 25 years of avionics experience, Rick is a well-known leader within the avionics community. He has been dedicated to establishing avionics technician national certification and academic accreditation standards to enhance professional development. He also is heavily involved in industry and FAA initiatives to properly recognize avionics technicians for their critical role in aircraft maintenance and modifications.


Rick currently works on initiatives to elevate the professional credentials of aircraft technicians through his involvement with the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT). NCATT is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing globally recognized training accreditation and certification standards to qualify aerospace professionals in their respective career fields. They've developed industry certification standards for aircraft electronics technicians and he is working in their workshops to help establish standards and credentialing requirements for professional avionics technicians.

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