Congratulations to this year’s winners of the AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professionals Awards! This year’s group of aviation professionals represents some of the best, brightest and hardest working young people of the industry.
This year’s class comes from all different backgrounds and works in varied segments of the industry. There are those who have been in the industry since they were old enough to hand their parents a wrench and those who fell into it or joined on a whim, only to become enamored with all aviation has to offer.
As you read, you’ll find winners who work in corporate aviation, own their own business, maintain rescue vehicles or repair hot air balloons – just to cite a few. You’ll find others who do a mixture of work or have seemingly bounced between all the segments of the industry.
Whatever the path is they’ve led, their standards have been high and work ethic strong, landing them here as some of the best in the world of aviation maintenance.
The average age of the 2022 class of AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professionals is 32.9 and the average number years working in the industry is 11.9. Their homes range from Florida to Ohio, California to Tennessee, and Russia to the Philippines.
Some of their favorite aircraft include the MQ-9 Reaper, Beechcraft Bonanza, Boeing 747 and “the old Hueys.” Just under a third of this year’s winners are pilots, with many of the rest saying that one day they would like to be. And overwhelmingly, this year’s class said their first interest in aviation was sparked in their childhood or teenage years.
Aircraft Maintenance Technology is proud to announce this year’s 2022 AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professionals Award winners:
Andrew Kutcher, Back-up Chief Inspector, StandardAero Ltd., Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Alisa Lockwood, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Delta Air Lines
Alyssa Marie Sullivan, Operations Manager, Balloonacy Ltd. and Parts Authority
Bradley Krahn, Mechanic, Piedmont Airlines
Brandon Feagan, Avionics and Maintenance Technician, SkyWorld Aviation Inc.
Bryan Helm, Director of Maintenance, Ball Ventures
Clayton Long, Aircraft MX Mechanic, Technical Operations for Southwest Airlines
David G. Miller, Assistant Shop Lead, Aerostar
Devan C. Fronk, Lead Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Sky Quest, LLC
Emersen H. Cislo, Aircraft Mechanic II, Life Flight Network LLC
Gareth Lawson, Flight Mechanic, 10 Tanker Air Carrier
Gregory Tarascio, Director of Maintenance, Ventura Air Services, Inc.
Jake Stauffer, Shop Foreman, Skytech Inc.
James Alexander McPherson, Program Manager, Fleet and Deployment Services, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Jeffrey W. Turner, Director of Avionics, Jet East - Dallas
Jeremy J. Hill, Owner & Lead Technician, Southeast Avionics LLC
Joe Matz, Vice president, Director of Maintenance & AMT, Vintage Wings Inc. & Classic Jet Center
John M. Hardin, A&P, IA, Gold Seal, MCFI, Chief Mechanic and Chief Instructor, Terrell Aviation
Kasey Dixon, Human Performance Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Kirk Jacobs, Regional Maintenance Manager, Spirit Airlines
Leonel A. Turcios, Avionics Manager, Million Air
Marissa Estebanez, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, South Carolina Avionics Services
Mark Delta Wygant Jr., Sr. Director of Sales & Client Solutions, STS Aviation Group
Matthew Lewis, Engine Technical Advisor, Jet Support Services
Michael Goudreau, A&P Mechanic, Piedmont Airlines
Michael Petrossian, Director of Aircraft Maintenance & President and Director of Maintenance, R&L Carriers & Loyal Jet LLC
Miguel Cruz, Project Manager, AAR
Mike Costello, North American Sales, USA Borescopes
Mitch Lutze-Morris, Chief Inspector and Quality Manager, Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies, Inc.
Nathan Hewitt, Manager on Duty, Envoy Air
Nathan Allen Rich, Director of Maintenance, Exec Aero, LLC.
Neal Reagor, M.B.A, Commercial Director, Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services
Paris M. Krula, Capt/GS-12, USAF
Patrick Reed, Flight Technician, Equus Capital
Rolando Rodriguez, Director of Maintenance, Sun Valley Aviation
Roscoe D. Tamondong, MSgt., Production Superintendent, 305 Maintenance Squadron, United States Air Force
Stanley Rhodes, Lead Avionics Technician, AVEX Aviation
Travis L. Reed, Quality Control Inspector, West Star Aviation
Uzair Shahid, Sr. Aircraft Maintenance Technician, FedEx Express
Veronica Leacock-Borchardt, Assistant Manager for Aircraft Inspection Outside Vendors, United Airlines