Nearly 500 technicians also honored with individual awards
WICHITA, Kan. (June 1, 2009) – Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced that its factory-owned service centers received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) coveted Diamond Award. HBS maintenance centers in Little Rock, Ark.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Houston, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas met the requirements for the FAA’s highest distinction for excellence in aircraft maintenance training. Year after year, HBS consistently earns various FAA maintenance achievements.
“HBS service centers and technicians have participated in and earned honors from the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program for many years,” said William (Bill) Brown, president, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service and Support. “We have the most skilled, highly trained and dedicated work force in the industry. We’re pleased that our technicians’ hard work and commitment to recurrent training is honored each year.”
To achieve a Diamond Award, a facility must have 100 percent of its employees participating in the FAA’s Maintenance Technician Program. Individuals can receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Ruby or individual Diamond Award. The awards are based on the number of hours of FAA-approved aviation maintenance training received throughout the year. In order to qualify for a Diamond Award, for example, an individual must have 100 combined hours of college related classes and FAA approved training during the calendar year.
Headquartered in Wichita, the HBS network of 10 factory-owned service centers provides professional aircraft maintenance and repair in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Houston, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Toluca, Mexico; and Chester and Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special-mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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