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AUG-SEP 2018

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42 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Christian Ludwig, 35, Director Accessory Operations, MTU Maintenance Canada, Richmond, BC The motivation for Christian Ludwig to join the aviation industry came after an Assessment Centre visit for students at MTU which included a shop tour. He received firsthand information about turbine engines and maintenance practices. From there on, he was hooked. He started at MTU as a Jet Trainee which is a special entry-level program established for areas where a lack of qualified managers has been identified. Ludwig had great support and guidance by his supervisor David Campbell and head of the department, Robert Gentzke. He was assigned to various German locations as well as China with a focus on MRO engine shop management, V2500 engineering, quality management, strategic purchasing, and finance. His first position after training was at MTU Maintenance Hannover GmbH as procurement manager for V2500 and PW2000 engines. Then he was named head of purchasing and logistic department (Accessory Repair Centre). His current position is director, Accessory Repair Centre and Supply Chain at MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd. (Vancouver). Nominated by Victoria Nicholls, Media Relations Manager, MTU Maintenance: “Christian started his career at MTU in 2009 as an executive trainee reporting to department heads of several MTU locations in Berlin, Hannover, and Zhuhai before he moved into a leadership position in 2013 heading the Supply Chain Department at MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd. In 2016, he took on his current role as director of the Accessory Repair Centre (ARC) and has overseen tremendous growth. Last year, the ARC repaired 11,000 accessories for over 120 customers including airlines, engine manufacturers, and the U.S. Air Force. Christian is the architect behind the “vision 2020” that has been created to secure the long-term success of our accessory business. He is a dedicated and passionate member of our team.” Ludwig is passionate about driving improvement and developing the industry and creating value for his customers. MTU has revived its apprenticeship program this year which allows him to introduce young talent to the industry. While Ludwig has short- and long-term goals, “I also like to stay open-minded about opportunities and challenges to come. When I am look back at my career in 30 years I would like to be able to say: I had continuous opportunity to learn and grow. I helped others to succeed and drove improvement or change. I was never bored at my job.” Sam Collins, 37, Director of Quality and Supply Chain, Aircra Propeller Service LLC, Lake Zurich, IL When Sam Collins was a freshman in high school a representative from Spartan College of Aeronautics spoke to his class about aviation as a career path. “From that point forward I planned to obtain an A&P license and a bachelor’s degree in aviation management.” He received his degree and A&P from Spartan College of Aeronautics. He earned an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix in 2006. Collins has always felt that it is necessary to have a mentor and also be a mentor simultaneously. The greatest mentor that he has had was Marcus Abendroth, vice president of operations at Avcon Industries Inc. He is responsible for “Jumpstarting my career in the right direction and bringing me up within the company.” His career has included positions at Chromalloy as director of quality, Cirrus Aircraft as director of technical services, AIRCO as director of quality, Avcon Industries as quality manager, Beechcraft Corp., Cessna Aircraft, and Business Jet Services. He received a Leading Edge Award from Cessna along with FAA FAAST Gold and Bronze certificates of training. Currently he is director of quality and supply chain at Aircraft Propeller Service. Nominated by Dan Colbert, President and CEO, Aircraft Propeller Service: “From an early age, Sam Collins has had a passion for aviation. Sam’s aviation career began in earnest during his junior year of college when he worked as an A&P technician for Business Jet Services. While at Avcon, he received his Inspector’s Authorization Certificate and became a Designated Manufacturing Airworthiness Representative (DAR) of the FAA with nine function codes, including: Airworthiness, Conformity, and Export of Product. He is one of just 400 manufacturing DARs in the USA. Today, Sam serves as director of quality and supply chain for Aircraft Propeller Service (APS). He led APS’ successful completion of the AS9100 Upgrade to Revision D and the initial accreditation of its Latin American facility. His contributions at APS have included: developing a robust Corrective Action Reporting program; rewriting RSM, QCM, AS9100D, EASA, and CAAM manuals; introducing, monitoring, and measuring customer satisfaction, product conformity, TAT, and vendor processes; and developing a Supply Chain Cross-Training Matrix.” “As a mentor to others,” Collins says, “I do my best to share as much knowledge as possible and look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce defect rates, which will benefit the customer.” His goals for the future are to “continue to advance and expand my knowledge base within the aviation industry.”

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