Avotek Celebrates David L. Jones on Receiving Prestigious FAA Awards

Avotek, a provider of aviation maintenance training systems and publications, announced that David L. Jones, has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with two of its most distinguished honors: the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The awards were presented among his peers at the Aviation Technician Education Council conference in Tucson in March.

Jones is a 1972 graduate of Western Michigan University in aviation engineering technology. He is an accomplished mechanic with Airframe and Powerplant Ratings, was a Designated Mechanic Examiner, and has many pilot ratings. He has developed a close relationship with the FAA and has served on numerous workgroups: Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), Airman Certification System (ACS), and worked on changes to Part 147 and revisions to the Oral & Practical testing process for maintenance technicians. He has also developed maintenance training for light sport aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Jones was also instrumental in starting many AMT schools and dove in to all aspects of education/training including classroom and lab instruction, curriculum development, and classroom material development. He is an accomplished author and has contributed heavily to many textbooks and online courses published by Avotek and others.

“We are incredibly proud of David for receiving these lifetime achievement awards from the FAA,” said Karl Stoltzfus, CEO of Avotek. “His dedication to aviation safety, his meticulous work ethic, and his passion for flight are truly inspiring. David exemplifies the very best of Avotek, and his contributions have been instrumental in our success.”

A Legacy of Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance
The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named after Charles Taylor, the mechanic who built the engine for the Wright Brothers’ Flyer. This award acknowledges aviation maintenance technicians who have demonstrated exceptional skill and professionalism for at least 50 years.

A Passion for Flight Takes Wing
The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award honors pilots who have maintained a safe flying record for at least 50 years while demonstrating excellence in airmanship. His love for flying is evident in his countless hours spent soaring through the skies. He could fly before he could legally drive; his first solo flight was in an Aeronca 7AC Champ when he was 16 years old.

An Inspiration to All
These prestigious awards represent a combined 100 years of dedication and excellence in aviation maintenance and piloting, a remarkable achievement for any individual in the industry. Jones’s receipt of these awards is a testament to his lifelong commitment to aviation. “He is a true asset to Avotek and an inspiration to all who have the privilege of working alongside him. His dedication, expertise, and passion for aviation maintenance training are a shining example of the excellence that Avotek strives for every day,” the company said.