2023 AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professional: Ray M. Mosquera — Avionics Technician/Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, Flight-Deck Avionics

Aug. 10, 2023

Ray M. Mosquera is the first person in his family to graduate from college. In 2020 he earned an Associate of Science – Aerospace/Aviation Maintenance Technology from Salt Lake Community College.  

Mosquera said his grandfather, who worked as an aircraft refueler and handyman in Mexico City and loved the work, had a big influence on him. In a way, he said, “I’m living his dream because he wanted to be a mechanic.”  

After learning the basics of maintenance at Salt Lake Community College, Mosquera gained hands-on experience working at Flight-Deck Avionics. One of his recent projects was upgrading a Cessna 210 Centurion to a Garmin G3X touch screen EFIS system with EIS, G5 standby instrument, and a GFC 500 two-axis autopilot. “I like the process of seeing a project through and having it go from analog instruments to something so modern and so much more useful to the client,” he said.  

Mosquera describes his work as “helping aircraft go from ground to air.” His work is anything but simple, he is not afraid to tackle challenges head-on and he especially enjoys complex aircraft systems.  

Serving as the lead mechanic, he’s completed 15 projects. They include 7 touchscreen electronic flight instrument systems, 9 autopilot systems with associated servos, 16 navigation/communication radios, 6 audio panels, 6 ADS-B transponders, and 27 different electronic flight instruments. He also completed 30 instrument flight rules certifications on various aircraft. These projects don’t count the ones he assisted with.  

Working with others, he shares his passion: “I like going to work and not many people can say that."