2014 Regional Award Honorees Named

CFI, AMT, Avionics Tech and FAASTeam Rep of the year honored from each FAA region.


Allen Banen of Fountain Hills, Arizona represents the Scottsdale FSDO and the Western-Pacific Region. Al has been a pilot for 60 years, a CFI, CFII and advanced ground instructor for nearly 50 years, and has more than 25,000 hours logged. He holds Gold Seal Flight Instructor and Master Instructor designations, and was honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 years of safe flying. Al is a full-time flight instructor who has instructed in a wide variety of single- and multiengine airplanes. For the past 25 years he has specialized in pilot training in the Beechcraft Bonanza, Baron and Duke airplanes. Al is an active FAASTeam Representative, and a volunteer pilot for Flights For Life delivering blood throughout Arizona, baroninstructor@aol.com.

Robert James McCabe of Cherry Hill, New Jersey represents the Philadelphia FSDO and the Eastern Region. Bob is a dedicated member of the Civil Air Patrol, having served as Instructor Pilot, Mission Pilot, New Jersey Wing Commander, Evaluator and Check Pilot, and flown innumerable CAP missions for search and rescue, disaster relief, and homeland security. He holds the rank of Colonel in CAP, and presently serves as New Jersey Wing Government Relations Advisor. Bob is also a flight and ground instructor for Freeflight Aviation at Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey. As an active FAASTeam Representative, Bob has conducted many safety presentations on a wide variety of topics, with emphasis on technically advanced aircraft and the Garmin G1000 system. bobmccabe2@gmail.com.

Howard William Wolvington of Issaquah, Washington represents the Seattle FSDO and the Northwest Mountain Region. Howard is a full-time Gold Seal Flight Instructor and ATP-rated pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flight instruction and 8,000 hours of ground instruction logged. He has trained and endorsed more than 100 private, instrument, commercial, CFI and CFII candidates who have successfully passed their practical tests. He is a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), a Check CFI for the Boeing Employees Flying Association, an active FAASTeam Representative, and a Command Pilot and Mission Orientation for Angel Flight West who has flown more than 40 public benefit missions. Howard owns a Piper Comanche 250. hwolvington@earhlink.net.

Christopher Michael Carmody of Overland Park, Kansas represents the Kansas City FSDO and the Central Region. Christopher is owner and flight instructor at Aircraft Initial and Recurrent Flight Training, LLC where he specializes in providing training for the Piper PA-46 Matrix, Malibu, Mirage and Meridian airplanes. Prior to founding AIR, Christopher worked at Hangar 10 Flight Services, Kansas City Aviation Center, Skydive Kansas, Southwest Airlines, and Anheuser-Busch Flight Operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at St. Louis University. He is actively involved with the Malibu Mirage Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA), and is also qualified in the Pilatus PC-12 and Socata TBM-850. ccarmody@airflighttraining.com.

Mary Margaret Latimer of Vernon, Texas represents the Lubbock FSDO and the Southwest Region. Mary is an ATP pilot with more than 20,000 hours logged, a CFI for airplanes, instruments and multiengine, an advanced and instrument ground instructor, a Designated Pilot Examiner, an A&P Mechanic with Inspection Authorization, and a former Control Tower Operator. She is a FAASTeam Representative, an AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer, and a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol serving as check airman, flight instructor and operations officer. Mary founded the Girls In Flight Training (GIFT) Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the participation of women in aviation. mary@latimerservices.com.

Stephen John Thibault of Plymouth, Minnesota represents the Minneapolis FSDO and the Great Lakes Region. Steve is a full-time flight instructor with more than 14,000 hours of flight instruction given. He is the owner of FlightProficiency and operates Sim Flight Minnesota at Anoka County Airport. Steve has flown more than 100 different kinds of aircraft and now specializes in training for pressurized twin Cessnas and Piper PA-46 aircraft, and Garmin G1000 avionics, He is an active FAASTeam Representative and frequent presenter at FAA Safety Seminars. fltproficiency@cs.com.

Edward Joseph Comisky of Winter Springs, Florida represents the Orlando FSDO and the Southern Region. Ed is co-owner and Chief Flight Instructor at Flight Training Professionals LLC at Orlando Executive Airport, and previously worked at AeronautX USA Corp. (West Palm Beach FL), Comair Aviation Academy (Sanford FL), Sporty's Academy and University of Cincinnati (Batavia OH), Specialized Pilot Training (Cincinnati OH), and Frasca Air Services (Urbana IL), He is a CFI airplanes, instruments and multiengine, with more than 6,200 hours of flight instruction, 3,000 hours of ground instruction, and 500 hours of flight training device instruction given. ed@ftpros.com.
 


2014 Regional Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) of the Year

David Wayne Delcourt of Fairbanks, Alaska represents the Fairbanks FSDO and the Alaksa Region. David is the owner of Delcourt Aviation at Fairbanks International Airport, and maintains a wide range of aircraft from Taylorcrafts and Super Cubs to Cessna Caravans and Quest Zodiacs. Before starting his own maintenance business, David previously worked with Northland Aviation, Wright Air Service, and Arctic Circle Air, all in Fairbanks. He earned his A&P Mechanic certificate in 2003, received his Inspection Authorization in 2006, and became a Designated Mechanic Examiner in 2012. David@DelcourtAviation.com.

Daniel Brian Torrey.of Ojai, California represents the Van Nuys FSDO and the Western-Pacific Region. Dan is the owner of Mobile Aircraft Repair Service (MARS) at the Santa Paula airport. Dan specializes in the maintenance of vintage aircraft, wood and fabric repairs, restoration and refurbishing. He is a legend in the Bellanca community and has been a keynote speaker for the Bellanca-Champion West Coast Safety Seminar for the past 12 years. Before starting MARS, he previously worked at Screaming Eagle Aviation, Santa Paula Sky Service, and Air Repair, all at Santa Paula airport. Dan is an A&P Mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a private pilot and Bellanca owner with more than 2,000 hours logged, and a board member of the Santa Paula Airport Association. marsszp@yahoo.com.

Charles Oscar Thibault.of South Burlington, Vermont represents the Portland, Maine FSDO and the New England Region.Charlie is the longtime Chief Inspector at Heritage Aviation at the Burlington International Airport, and oversees the quality assurance and quality control at this large Part 145 Certified Repair Station. Charlie is involved with inspections and maintenance of a wide range of aircraft from Cirrus SR20s to Bell Jet Rangers to Bombardier Challengers. He earned his A&P Mechanic certificate in 1995, and his Inspection Authorization in 2010. CharlieT@flyheritage.com.

Max Lloyd Burnette of Rockvale, Tennessee represents the Nashville FSDO and the Southern Region. Max is semi-retired after 59 years in aircraft maintenance and 29 years as an A&P Mechanic. Max started out as a military aircraft mechanic in 1954, and held positions in the North Carolina and Tennessee Air National Guard as flight engineer, maintenance shop chief, crew chief and flight chief, working on a wide variety of military aircraft including F-86, F-104, T-33, KC-97, KC-135 and C-130. He earned his civilian A&P Mechanic certificate in 1986 and founded M&J Aero, maintaining and restoring aircraft from Piper Cubs to Ag-Cats to light twins. Max is a private pilot and an active participant in EAA's Young Eagles program and his local EAA Chapter. TaildraggerDr@att.net.

Jason O'Neil Shackelford of Pea Ridge, Arkansas represents the Little Rock FSDO and the Southwest Region. Jason has been employed by Wal-Mart Aviation for the past 15 years, holding positions as maintenance technician, avionics technician, repairman, aircraft maintenance inspector and repair station chief inspector. Before joining Wal-Mart Aviation, he worked at Air Midwest and the Raytheon Service Center in Wichita. Jason holds an A&P Mechanic certificate with Inspection Authorization, and is also an accomplished avionics technician and a Level II non-destructive testing technician. These days, his primary focus is as an inspector for Wal-Mart's corporate fleet. joshack@Wal-Mart.com.

James Robert Michalka of Portage, Michigan represents the Grand Rapids FSDO and the Great Lakes Region. Jim is the owner, operator and Director of Maintenance of Kalamazoo Aircraft, Inc. at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, specializing in inspection and repair of piston GA aircraft. Prior to founding Kalamazoo Aircraft, Jim worked at Kal-Aero, Inc. (now Duncan Aviation) maintaining both piston and turbine aircraft at their Kalamazoo and Battle Creek locations. He is active in the Beechcraft community and has hosted the American Bonanza Society service clinic for several years running. Jim@KalamazooAircraft.com.
 

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