General Aviation Awards Program Honors Four

 - August 28, 2013, 10:55 AM
The joint industry/FAA General Aviation Awards program recognized the following people at this year’s AirVenture: (l to r) Mark Madden, Anchorage, Alaska, Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team representative of the year; Bruce Lundquist, Willis, Mich., avionics technician of the year; Dean Eichholz, Soldotna, Alaska, certified flight instructor of the year; Bill Fifles, Honolulu, Hawaii, aviation maintenance technician of the year; and Pat McDevitt, business development manager, Snap-on Industrial, which awarded each winner a $2,000 gift certificate.

The 2013 annual General Aviation Awards Program, a joint industry/FAA effort that recognizes excellence in general aviation, announced its winners at AirVenture. Honorees were: Bill Fifles of Honolulu, Hawaii, aviation maintenance technician of the year; Bruce Lundquist of Willis, Mich., avionics technician of the year; Dean Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska, certified flight instructor of the year; and Mark Madden of Anchorage, Alaska, FAA Safety Team representative of the year.

Candidates must be currently working in the field with a minimum of five years’ experience. They are judged on their professionalism, including involvement with continuing education, pro bono work, mentoring and otherwise being a role model for their profession. The winners are chosen by a national committee composed of previous award winners.

Part of each person’s prize package this year included a $2,000 Snap-on industrial gift certificate and two free admissions to the week-long AirVenture.

To nominate someone for next year’s award, complete the nominating packet for 2014 and submit to a local FSDO for consideration.