AMTSociety Update

Aug. 26, 2014
GA Awards Program winners recognized at EAA AirVenture

2014 General Aviation Awards Program

The General Aviation Awards Program — started in 1963 — is a cooperative effort between the FAA and 38 GA industry partners. Each year it recognizes aviation professionals for their contributions in the fields of aviation, education, and flight safety. Applicants are evaluated against at least four required metrics: professional involvement, pro bono service to the aviation community, continuing education, and the strength of three letters of recommendation.
The national winners are officially recognized during EAA AirVenture each year in July, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the world’s greatest aviation celebration in Oshkosh, WI. AMTSociety Executive Director Ron Donner was there to offer congratulations. AMTSociety is a proud sponsor of the General Aviation Awards Program.

Max Loyd Burnette, Rockvale, TN, is the 2014 National Aircraft Maintenance Technician of the Year. Burnette is semi-retired after 50 years in aircraft maintenance and 25 years as an A&P mechanic. He began flying as a hobby in 1956 and remains an active pilot. In his semi-retirement, Max is currently doing a complete restoration of a 1941 Piper J-5 Cub Cruiser. He has been an active member of EAA and AOPA since 1986.

David Brian Kocak, Guilford, CT, is the 2014 National Avionics Technician of the Year. Kocak serves as the avionics service manager, installation manager, and inspector at V.I.P. Avionics at Hartford-Brainard Airport, where he has been employed for the past 16 years. He holds a repairman’s certificate with inspection authorization and a FCC General Radio Telephone Operator license

Howard William Wolvington of Issaquah, WA, is the 2014 National Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year. Wolvington works as an independent CFI with the Boeing Employees Flying Association (BEFA) at the Renton Municipal Airport, and with private clients at airports in the Seattle area. He holds an ATP certificate and has more than 13,000 hours of flight time. As a Gold Seal CFI with instrument and multiengine ratings, he has given more than 10,000 hours of flight instruction and 8,000 hours of ground instruction.

Richard Loren Stowell, Jr., McCall, ID, is the 2014 National FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative of the Year. Stowell is a full-time aviation educator specializing in spin, emergency maneuver, and aerobatic training since 1987. He owns and operates Rich Stowell Consulting and is an independent flight instructor, author and speaker. Stowell has given more than 8,700 hours of flight instruction and performed more than 33,400 spins in 215 spin-approved aircraft.

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AMTSociety Education/IA Refresher Events

The next series of AMTSociety Education/IA Refresher training events are scheduled. Visit to register.  

Kansas City, MO

Oct. 8, 2014 (Wednesday)

Holiday Inn KCI Airport & KCI Expo Center

11728 NW Ambassador Dr., Kansas City, MO 64153

Denver, CO

Nov. 3, 2014 (Monday)

The Summit Conference and Event Center

411 Sable Blvd., Aurora, CO 80011

Tulsa, OK

Dec. 5, 2014 (Friday)

Tulsa Tech Riverside Campus

801 E. 91st, Tulsa, OK 74132

Atlanta, GA

Jan. 16, 2015 (Friday)

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport Millennium Center

2031 Sullivan Rd,, College Park, GA 30337

Some of the speakers and topics already confirmed are:

FAA speakers from FSDO, FAASTeam, or the ACO will update attendees on numerous maintenance and safety related topics

SMA Engines will provide attendees maintenance and operating information on Diesel Technology Engines

Bell Helicopter Technical Representatives will present on Preventative Maintenance: Minutes and Pennies Now: Hours and Dollars Later

Global will speak on the topic of Proper Removal, Installation, and Care of Pneumatic Deice Boots

Cirrus Aircraft on Composite Repair

Champion Aerospace on the Slick Magneto 500-hour inspection, and harness and spark plug maintenance  

Aircraft Electronics Association on An IA’s Guide to Avionics

NORDAM on Improving Maintenance Reliability on Nacelles and Thrust Reversers

Additional speakers and topics are being confirmed and some may change depending on location. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Visit with exhibitors and don’t forget about the door prizes! 

Focus on AMTSociety Corporate and School Members

Dallas Airmotive

AMTSociety is pleased to have Dallas Airmotive as the newest corporate member. Dallas Airmotive operates three major overhaul facilities, 12 regional turbine centers, two parts supply companies, and one turbine engine controls company. It provides 24-hour technical support, every day of the year, AOG parts support and mobile response teams for emergencies virtually anywhere in the world, with a pool of more than 150 rental engines available. Dallas Airmotive has a long and rich history which began in 1932 as the Piston Engine Overhaul Company at Dallas Love Field. Dallas Airmotive is a key component of BBA Aviation’s Aftermarket Services Division which provides comprehensive turbine engine repair, overhaul and support services for more than 80 percent of the engines in use in the business and general aviation market. For more information visit

George T. Baker Aviation School

George T. Baker Aviation School is located near the Miami International Airport. The school is a public, tax-supported institution authorized by the Florida Department of Education and operated by the Miami-Dade County Public School System. It is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the National Center for Aircraft Technician Training (NCATT) and is certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 147 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The mission of George T. Baker Aviation School is to provide training to persons interested in aviation maintenance, electronics, and avionics to become an integral part of the industry. The following programs are currently offered: Airframe Technician; Powerplant Technician; Avionics I Technician; Avionics II Technician. For more information visit

Del Mar College

Del Mar College located in Corpus Christi, TX, was certified by the FAA as an Aviation Maintenance Technician School in 2006. It offers aircraft maintenance training in Airframe and Powerplant, Avionics, and Non-Destructive Testing. The Aviation Maintenance program prepares individuals for employment in the aircraft maintenance industry. Aircraft mechanics are employed by the airlines, aircraft manufacturing companies, repair stations, the United States military, and general aviation fixed base operators. Some mechanics specialize in work on a particular part of an aircraft, such as metal or composite surfaces, avionics equipment, hydraulic systems, landing gear, propellers or engines. Others, particularly those employed by the smaller fixed base operators, work on many different aircraft. For more information visit

About the Author

Ronald Donner | Aviation Consultant | AMT

Ronald (Ron) Donner has spent his entire life devoted to aviation and he holds FAA certificates as an A&P/IA, and a Commercial Pilot with Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Airplane and Glider ratings. Ron has worked in a variety of maintenance related roles, both technical and management in general aviation as well as with a major airline. Ron was the recipient of the 2012 National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Aviation Journalism award.  

Contact: Ron Donner

Chief Editor | Aircraft Maintenance Technology

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