AMT Magazine's Ron Donner Earns 2012 NATA Aviation Journalism Award

Fort Atkinson, WI (March 27, 2012) – Last week, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the winners of NATA's Industry Excellence Awards, an award program given to exceptional individuals and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community. Cygnus Business Media, the parent company of Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) is honored to announce that AMT Editor, Ronald (Ron) Donner, is this year’s recipient of the NATA Aviation Journalism award, one of seven NATA Industry Excellence Awards given to the exceptional individuals and companies that have worked hard to improve the general aviation community.


Donner has been instrumental in cultivating aviation industry leadership to the magazine and helping to grow its influence in the marketplace by expanding content into all segments of aviation, including airline, helicopter, general aviation, business aircraft, and military aviation topics.


“Sometimes I don’t think of myself as being a journalist,” says Donner. “I’m really an airplane guy just doing what I enjoy being involved in aviation.”


In choosing Donner, NATA acknowledged his work in the industry that spanned nearly four decades. “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. 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.”


“Donner added, “I must recognize the efforts of my AMT co-editor Barb Zuehlke. We work great together and without her in-depth knowledge of the publishing business and continual hard work AMT would not be the great publication it is today. Barb shares this recognition with me.”   


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.


We look forward to honoring the best in the industry," NATA President & CEO Jim Coyne.


NATA, the voice of aviation business, is the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before the Congress and federal agencies.


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