NATA Announces Industry Excellence Award Recipients To Be Honored March 28

Ronald Donner, editor of Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) magazine, will receive the Aviation Journalism Award.

Alexandria, VA, March 21, 2012 - The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) annually recognizes individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service. NATA's Industry Excellence Awards are given to exceptional individuals and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community. This year's winners will be honored during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner on March 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. The dinner will be held in conjunction with the association's FBO Leadership Conference, Day on the Hill, Annual Meeting and Election of Officers, and Spring Committee Meetings - collectively called NATA's A Capital Week for Aviation Business.


"This year's presentation holds a few surprises, namely the winners of the association's two highest honors, the William A. "Bill" Ong Memorial Award and the NATA Award for Distinguished Service," said NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne. "The award winners may now be a secret, but once they have been named, no one will be surprised that these two well respected and highly admired individuals in our industry are being honored."


NATA will also present five awards to the following recipients:


Ronald Donner, editor of Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) magazine, will receive the Aviation Journalism Award that identifies a journalist, writer, or publication excelling in consumer education or editorial support that is beneficial to the FBO/Air Charter industry. After working in aviation, in particular aircraft maintenance for more than 35 years, Donner now successfully uses his vast aviation experience to relate closely to the aircraft maintenance community and AMT readership. In the two years under Donner's editorial leadership, AMT has expanded editorial content to include aircraft maintenance topics in all segments of aviation: airline, business aviation, helicopters, and military aviation; yet has maintained regular focus on general aviation maintenance. His proudest achievement has been the successful introduction of the popular "MRO Operations" feature in AMT, which highlights the expanding FAR Part 145 repair station maintenance activity, in all aviation segments including general and business aviation.


The Richmond Flight Standards District Office will be the recipient of NATA's FAA Customer Service Excellence Award and will be 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. They were nominated for their dedication and swiftness in working with Orion Air Group during its establishment of Tempus Jet Centers and the company's Part 145 certification process. Darren A. American, principal maintenance inspector, and his certification team, Principal Avionics Inspector Dale Herner and Aviation Safety Inspector Elizabeth Davidson, were named in the nomination as having demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism by providing assistance above and beyond what is required in the performance of their duties as aviation safety inspectors.


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