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AUG-SEP 2018

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38 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Judson Rupert, 39, Principal Engineer, Piston Engineering, Lycoming Engines, Williamsport, PA Judson Rupert’s father was a pilot, A&P/IA, so he grew up around aviation. His father is one of his mentors and he also received some on-the-job training from his father. Rupert received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State University, his master’s of aeronautical science and Part 65 Certificate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and attended U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (Class 132 Fixed Wing). He is currently working on taking his written, oral, and practical exams to obtain his FAA mechanic certificate with A&P ratings. He worked at Penn State University Airport for the Flight Department Line Service and also for the Penn State Aerospace Department as a research assistant. He started as a systems engineer for Lycoming Engines in 2011 and is currently a principal engineer, piston engineering at Lycoming. His duties include leading, guiding, supporting, and directing engineering professionals within the context of product development testing and project execution. He also serves as a senior technical analyst for Atkinson Aeronautics & Technology Inc. Nominated by Katie Bell, Director of Marketing & Communications, Lycoming Engines: “Judson (Jud) Rupert is Lycoming Engines’ Principal Engineer and is a true aviation enthusiast. Jud has been a part of the Lycoming team for over seven years. Today Jud oversees the planning and execution of engine component and system development testing, including Lycoming’s Integrated Electronic Engine (known as iE2), which is the most advanced piston aviation engine available on the market today. Jud has a passion for building and restoring aircraft, and recently accepted a volunteer role as Pennsylvania State Liaison for the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF). He also is president of the Quarter-to-Two Flying Club, a club for Lycoming employees and their families. Jud’s wife and two daughters enjoy going on flights with him in their 1950 Cessna 170A. He also has a Hatz Classic biplane in his basement and a 1939 Luscombe 8B in his garage both of which he continues to work on as his busy schedule allows.” To give back to the industry Rupert is Pennsylvania state liaison for the Recreational Aircraft Foundation and an EAA Young Eagles pilot. He is a member of General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Society of Flight Test Engineers and has participated in symposiums for both. His future goals are to “stay technical in aeronautics, promote safety, and continue to make sure the younger generation looks at aviation as an avenue for fun, adventure, and a career.” Kyle Bushman, 25, Owner, The Ragwood Refactory, Creswell, OR Kyle Bushman started flying remote control airplanes at a young age and found he enjoyed fixing them as much or more than flying them. He started flying at age 14. Restoring and watching his first aircraft fly away between 2013 and 2014 gave him the sense that “there is nothing in this world like building an airplane with your own hands and watching it fly for the very first time.” He went to A&P school right out of high school and received his training from Lane Community College. His mentor is his grandfather, Ralph Halderman, who always pushed him in a positive direction. In 2013 Bushman went to work for The Ragwood Refactory with founder Tim Talen, and learned everything he could. Talen was restoring antique aircraft and Bushman thought the time was right to get into antiques before the information and knowledge was lost. After two years Talen decided to retire, and Bushman made the decision to follow his passion and make The Ragwood Refectory his own. Nominated by Joshua Levi Knowlton, Field Mechanic, Hillsboro Aviation and 2017 AMT Next Gen Award Winner: “Kyle first soloed an airplane at the age of 16. He started A&P school at 18. At the age of 23 he took over The Ragwood Refactory antique aircraft restoration shop in Creswell, OR. He currently owns a 1949 Ryan Navion, a 1943 Navy N3N biplane, and three rare 1938 Cessna 165 Airmaster projects that are in various stages of restoration. He is now 25 years old and quickly becoming one of the leaders in the world of antique aircraft restoration. He always opens his shop for kids and makes himself and his planes available to people who are curious about aviation. He has restored several awardwinning aircraft already and his attention to detail is second to none. I’ve known and worked with Kyle for about seven years now and cannot think of a more deserving person for this award. He works extremely hard for very long hours every day. Kyle has a big heart and is extremely honest and he never cuts a corner. I trust his work and his word. He is the epitome of what the aviation industry needs in order to grow in the 21st century.” To give back to the industry he is a strong advocate to people around him, letting them know there is unlimited opportunities in aviation. “There is a huge need for people willing to learn and if you are that person, you can write your own ticket.” His goals are to continue to grow the shop, to expand the business to allow for not only restoration work on tube and fabric airplanes but to start doing 100-hour and annual services as well.

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