responsibilities included research on and installation of new avionics
equipment as well as troubleshooting to the component level on DMEs,
transponders, radar, VOR/ILS receivers, and communication transceivers. This
was also his first experience with engineering and accomplishing installations
from beginning to final test flight. He was promoted to Midwest Aviation’s
avionics manager in 1999 with duties including installation price quotes,
scheduling, employee management, customer relations, and overseeing the
transition from an avionics repair station to a maintenance facility repair
Throughout his time with Midwest, he has tutored and
mentored numerous students through the curriculum at his alma mater (now
Paducah Technical College). He also provides on-the-job training as well as
continuing education seminars for his avionics employees. In addition, he
serves on the advisory board for West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Adkison 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).
CFI of the Year: Max Trescott
Trescott, a Master CFI and Master Ground Instructor, is a
native of northern Pennsylvania, where he started flying when he was 15 years
old. Too young to drive, his mother Sue, who had herself taken flying lessons
as a teenager, drove him to the airport for lessons. He was also inspired by
his flight instructor, Dick Johnston, a former Pennsylvania CFI of the Year,
for whom the Wellsboro-Johnston airport is now named.
While attending Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania,
Trescott completed his private pilot certificate at the age of 19. He earned an
MBA in marketing and management from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Then
went to work for Hewlett-Packard in New Jersey, later moving to HP’s company
headquarters in Palo Alto, California. During his 25 years at HP, he worked in
a variety of marketing, sales, and management positions while continuing to fly
and earn additional certificates and ratings.
He acquired his CFI rating in September 2001, and began
working as an aviation educator on weekends at San Jose’s Reid-Hillview
Airport. Subsequently, he added an ATP certificate as well as CFII and MEI
ratings. After leaving HP, 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. Trescott also teaches in the national Columbia recurrent training
In 2006, Trescott founded Glass Cockpit Publishing
(www.G1000Book.com), launched with the release of his Max Trescott’s G1000
Glass Cockpit Handbook. Several CD-ROM courses and online training courses
followed, all focused on modern glass cockpit avionics, including the Garmin
G1000 and WAAS. As the corporation’s president, he is responsible for new
As a strong GA and flight safety advocate, he regularly
posts articles on his blog, www.MaxTrescott.com. He also produces the online
newsletter at www.PilotSafetyNews.com
A popular speaker at EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh and the
Sun-n-Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, Trescott also provides safety seminars
to local pilot groups as a FAASTeam member with the San Jose FSDO. He is a
member of AOPA, NAFI, Mensa, and the Palo Alto Airport Association.
Trescott 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).
AMT OF THE YEAR: Mike Busch
Busch is a New Yorker by birth and a mathematician by
training. He 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, aviation
author, educator, and lecturer.
His interest in turning wrenches grew out of his many
years as an aircraft owner and operator intrigued by the mysteries of aviation
maintenance. Thus, he started doing his own maintenance under the watchful
supervision of a certificated A&P mechanic. Ultimately, he passed the
A&P exam and became a certificated mechanic in his own right. Three years
later, the FAA granted him an inspection authorization.
An aviation writer since 1970, Busch began his fulltime
pursuit of aviation in 1995 after retiring from a long career as a software
developer. One of his first post-retirement projects was the founding of 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
For the past 20 years, the primary focus of his writing
and teaching activities has been general aviation maintenance. He has published
hundreds of articles in numerous aviation publications. Currently, he writes
monthly maintenance articles for American Bonanza Society, Cessna
Pilots Association, and Cirrus Pilot magazines as well as AVweb.
A longtime member of the Cessna Pilots Association’s technical staff, he
specializes in twin-engine, piston-powered aircraft. In that capacity, Busch
has assisted thousands of aircraft owners in troubleshooting thorny maintenance
The 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. His goal is to teach how to troubleshoot aircraft
problems and how to manage aircraft maintenance more effectively and
cost-efficiently. He conducts weekend maintenance seminars 10 to 20 times each
year at venues throughout the U.S.
In 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
WINGS program. His affiliations include membership of EAA, AOPA, American
Bonanza Society, Cessna Pilots Association, Cirrus Owners & Pilots
Association, and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).
Busch is a frequent presenter at EAA AirVenture-Oshkosh, AOPA Expo, and many
other aviation gatherings.
Busch 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).
FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year: John
Teipen, a Master CFI as well as a Master Ground
Instructor, exemplifies the standard of professionalism in the fields of
aviation education and flight safety. He 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.
He 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). His work as a DPE with
pilot applicants and recommending CFI candidates provides a foundation for his
educational work as a member of the FAA’s new safety program, the FAASTeam.
Teipen 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 online courses.
In 2005, Teipen was instrumental in the development of
the Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show (www.MACTS.org) in St. Louis.
This annual event hosts a “super safety seminar” with nationally known
speakers, an aviation trade show, a FIRC, an aviation awards banquet, and an
aviation career program for high school students.
Teipen created and introduced the highly successful My
First Logbook and Young Eagles Flight Education programs for youths
participating in KidVenture during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Teipen believes in continuing education for all pilots
and includes himself in that regimen. A regular attendee at safety seminars and
revalidation clinics, he achieved phase VIII of the recently retired FAA Pilot
Proficiency Awards WINGS program and has completed the first level of the new
WINGS program last year. A longtime glider pilot and flight instructor, he has
also earned the Soaring Society of America’s A, B, C, and Bronze Badges in
He is one of only 20 aviation educators worldwide to earn
both the Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI) and Master Ground
Instructor (MGI) accreditations from NAFI. He is a longtime NAFI member, plus
belongs to AOPA, EAA, IAC, and WAI. In 2005, he was named the National CFI of
the Year in recognition of his dedication to and passion for aviation
Teipen represented 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 Pacific Region).
The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team
managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the
eight regional FAA offices. Panels of aviation professionals from within those
four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.
This 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).