AMT Next Gen Award: Nickolas Flammia

Nov. 24, 2015
Owner, Director of Maintenance, Lawrence Airmotive LLC

Age: 25

Years in Aviation: 9

Nickolas Flammia is the owner and director of maintenance at Lawrence Airmotive LLC in Massachusetts.

Flammia has been around aviation his entire life and started pumping fuel for a local FBO at KLWM, Lawrence Municipal Airport during high school. After high school he attended National Aviation Academy and received his FAA A&P Certificate. After getting his A&P he worked at a couple small maintenance shops at the same airport.

About a year and a half ago his employer made the decision to close down the shop, and a few months later Flammia got his Inspection Authorization and started his own shop, Lawrence Airmotive LLC, where he maintains piston engine single and light twin airplanes.

Flammia says, “My grandfather Jim Whitty was definitely a huge mentor in all of this. He taught me most of my basic mechanic skills when I was younger as well as some of the more complex things I know now, and also helped with the start-up of my shop. My employee, Brian Eason, has been teaching me new things just about every day for the past four years. He has also been a huge mentor for me, on the mechanic side as well as the business side and relating to customers.”

Flammia hopes to someday expand his business into a larger shop in his own building and have more opportunities for more mechanics working on piston and turbine aircraft as well as a full avionics shop.