night the best of the best in general aviation were honored at
Theater in the Woods during the 45th annual National General
Aviation Awards Presentation
selection process began with local FAA Safety Team managers at
Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moved on to the
eight regional FAA offices. Panels of aviation professionals from
within those four fields then selected national winners from the
pool of regional winners.
awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than
a dozen industry sponsors. The program executive committee includes
the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and the National Association of Flight
Instructors (NAFI). Additional support and sponsorship are provided
by Women in Aviation International (WAI), the Professional Aviation
Maintenance Association (PAMA), the National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA), the National Association of State Aviation
Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA),
the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT
Society), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the
Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA).
of the Year: Tim Adkison
was born in Northern Ireland, the son of a U.S. Navy master chief
petty officer. He attended the Institute of Electronic Technology in
Paducah, Kentucky, and ultimately graduated second in his class with
a degree in electronic engineering technology in 1988. After
graduation, he took a position as an avionics technician with Allied
Signal Aerospace in Lawrence, Kansas, where he became a lead
technician. He later took a position with Carpenter Avionics at
Nashville International Airport (BNA).
1993, Adkison moved back home at Paducah’s Barkley Regional
Airport (PAH). He started with Tomlinson Avionics, a new facility
going through the first phase of becoming a repair station. He was
promoted to Midwest Aviation’s avionics manager in 1999.
represented the Louisville FSDO area and the FAA’s Central Region.
This year’s other regional avionics technician winners were Andrew
Scanlon of Ellsworth, Maine (FAA’s Eastern Region); Charles Boldin
of Oxford, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); Mark Dietz of
Searcy, Arkansas (FAA’s Southwest Region); and Dwayne Comer of
Glendale, Arizona (FAA’s Western Pacific Region).
Tim's video bio here:
Technician of the Year:
Timothy D. Adkinson (Benton, Kentucky)
CFI of the Year: Max
a Master CFI and Master Ground Instructor, is a native of northern
Pennsylvania. He completed his private pilot certificate at the age
of 19 and acquired his CFI rating in September 2001. He later added
an ATP certificate as well as CFII and MEI ratings. After leaving a
25-year career at Hewlett Packard, he began teaching full-time as an
independent flight instructor with several flight schools at the
Palo Alto Airport (PAO), but shifted his focus to glass cockpit
aircraft. He is now a factory trained Cessna FITS instructor, a
Cirrus Design CSIP, and a Columbia (Cessna) 350/400 instructor.
2006, Trescott founded Glass Cockpit Publishing (www.G1000Book.com),
launched with the release of his Max Trescott’s G1000 Glass
Cockpit Handbook. As the corporation’s president, he is
responsible for new product development.
represented the San Jose FSDO area and the FAA’s Western Pacific
Region. This year’s other regional CFI of the Year winners include
Master CFI David Paul St. George of Ithaca, New York (FAA’s
Eastern Region); Master CFI Richard Michael "Rich"
Funcheon of Vero Beach, Florida (FAA’s Southern Region); Master
CFI Thomas Turner of Rose Hill, Kansas (FAA’s Central Region);
Master CFI Craig Patterson of Midland, Texas (FAA’s Southwest
Region); Master CFI Mark Levin of Richmond, Illinois (FAA’s Great
Lakes Region); and Master CFI Darrel Dilley of LaSalle, Colorado
(FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region).
Max's video bio here:
of the Year: Max Trescott (Mountain View, California)
AMT of the Year: Mike
earned his private pilot certificate as a 20-year-old college
student, and has since amassed more than four decades of aviation
experience as a mechanic, inspector, pilot, flight instructor,
aircraft owner, A&P mechanic, aviation author, educator, and
retiring from a long career as a software engineer, Busch founded
AVweb, the well-known, web-based aviation news service. He served as
editor-in-chief and one of AVweb’s most prolific writers for the
first seven years of its existence.
has published hundreds of articles in numerous aviation publications
such as the American Bonanza Society, Cessna Pilots Association, and
Cirrus Pilot magazines.
founder and president of Savvy Aviator (www.SavvyAviator.com),
Busch provides in-depth technical training to aircraft owners and
their mechanics focusing on maintenance and troubleshooting in
single- and twin-engine aircraft.
addition to his A&P ratings, Busch is also a CFI as well as a
glider and seaplane pilot, and has earned phase 11 in the FAA’s
represented the San Jose FSDO area as well as the FAA’s Western
Pacific Region. This year’s other regional AMT winners include
Eric Christenson of Bellevue, Washington (FAA’s Northwest Mountain
Region); Brian Crafford of West Paducah, Kentucky (FAA’s Central
Region); Leroy Muise of Trenton, Maine (FAA’s Eastern Region); and
David Mills of Portage, Michigan (FAA’s Great Lakes Region).
Mike's video bio here: Aviation
Maintenance Technician of the Year:
Michael Busch (Arroyo Grande, California)
FAA Safety Team
Representative of the Year: John Teipen
a Master CFI as well as a Master Ground Instructor, is involved in
many areas of pilot education including FAA WINGS seminars, FAASTeam
online courses, flight instructor revalidation clinics (FIRCs), and
youth aviation education programs.
earned his private pilot certificate in 1984, later becoming a CFI,
an FAA aviation safety counselor (ASC), a FAASTeam representative,
and a designated pilot examiner (DPE).
established www.AVTrain.net, a
website dedicated to promoting safety through education, to create
and host online educational programs. This effort led to the first
national courses for FAASTeam representatives and industry members,
the new WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program, and additional www.FAASafety.gov
also created and introduced the highly successful My First Logbook
and Young Eagles Flight Education programs for youths participating
in KidVenture during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
the St. Louis FSDO area and the FAA’s Central Region. This year’s
other regional winners include MCFI Clifford Floyd Chetwin of
Littleton, Colorado (FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region); John
Anderson of Gilford, New Hampshire (FAA’s Eastern Region); George
Vose of Alpine, Texas (FAA’s Southwest Region); Janese Thatcher-Buzzell
of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota (FAA’s Great Lakes Region); and
Dennis Renzelman of Granada Hills, California (FAA’s Western
See John's video bio
Safety Team Representative of the Year: John Teipen
(University City, Missouri)