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Thursday, 09 May, 2019

NATA Award Recognizes Employers that Encourage and Support Aviation Maintenance Technician Training

Today, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the recipients of the 2019 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Recognition Awards. These annual awards are presented to companies that provide qualified new and recurrent AMT training to their employees. Award winners receive either a one, three, or five-star award depending on the percentage of employed AMTs meeting the training requirements.

This year, NATA is granting awards to 21 companies, including nine recipients that will have been recognized for five consecutive years as AMT Employer Recognition Award recipients.

“For the past seven years, NATA has continued to highlight businesses that encourage and support their maintenance personnel with top-tier training. This award signifies the value of investing in a critical subset of the aviation workforce by providing training that attracts, retains, and grows our industry,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey.

On June 18th, the recipients will be recognized at the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon Presentation held in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference. The full list of 2019 AMT Employer Recognition Award winners is available here.

During the luncheon, the Association will present the William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award and NATA Distinguished Service Award to long-time aviation business and community leaders: Martin (Marty) Hiller (Marathon Jet Center/Marathon General Aviation) and Don Campion (Banyan Air Services), respectively. Other Industry Excellence Award Program recipients include: Dorenda Baker, former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Executive Director of the Aircraft Certification Service (Distinguished Public Service Award); Kristine (Krissy) Ross, Customer Service Supervisor with Pentastar Aviation (NATA FBO Customer Service Award); Michael Hushek, FBO Manager with Naples Aviation (NATA Future Leader Award); Scott Seber, Line Technician III with Naples Aviation (Safety 1st Certified Line Service Professional Award); Douglas Levangie, Vice President of Maintenance Operations and Advisory Services with Pentastar Aviation (ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician Award); Flora Margheritis, C.M., Airport Manager at Van Nuys Airport (NATA Airport Executive Partnership Award); and Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation (NATA Excellence in Pilot Training Award.)

Contact NATA at or (202) 774-1535 ext. 6 for more information on the Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon and to secure tickets. Registration is also available for the full Aviation Business Conference at

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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for over 75 years. Representing nearly 2,300 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.