July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Deke
Holman, of Napa, California, may be working at AirVenture, but as a tech
inspector for Air Show Operations, he says he has a “ring-side seat”
to all the activity.
a volunteer for 33 years, has worked as a tech inspector for nearly 30
years, making sure that the airplanes that will be flying in the daily air
show are ready to go.
just do a visual check-off and look at the registration, the logbook…and
things like that,” he said. “I basically inspect all the paperwork of
the airplanes… But those airplanes are almost always better than brand
For his work
and dedication, Holman will receive the Preston Little Award at 10 a.m.
today at the announcer’s stand. The award honors a member of the Air
Show Operations team for exceptional dedication, leadership, and devotion
enjoy the convention more than I already do,” he said. “The airplanes
are great, but it’s the people you meet that I wouldn’t trade for