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AUG-SEP 2018

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44 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Stacey Rudser, 30, Line Maintenance Technician, STS Line Maintenance, Titusville, FL Stacey Rudser was inspired to enter the aviation industry through a high school Air Force Junior ROTC program. On a visit to Patrick Air Force Base she got to see an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter and a C-130 up close. “That’s when I knew I wanted to be a part of aviation.” Mentors include Bill Russo, Lynette Ashland, and Andy Hakes. Rudser received her training from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Orlando, FL. She was the first woman to graduate from the school in 2009. And she has received training scholarships through the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) from UPS, Southwest Airlines, and Pratt & Whitney. She started her career at MROs, first at Mobile Aerospace, then Timco in Lake City, FL. Rudser gained experience in corporate and general aviation when she relocated to Central Florida. She now works contract line maintenance for STS Line Maintenance, handling operations for Frontier Airlines. Nominated by William Russo, Aviation Program Director, University of the District of Columbia: “Stacey has developed a proven track record as a team-oriented leader, dedicated to high quality, economically viable results, with a strong emphasis on safety, communication, and compliance. What really makes her worthy of industry recognition is her dedication to giving back to an industry which has given so much to her. In particular, Stacey has dedicated substantial personal time and effort to inspiring and mentoring young men and women to consider a career in aviation, and helping to support those who are just beginning a career in aviation maintenance. I applaud her efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of those who might not have considered a career in aviation, were it not for meeting and being inspired by her.” Nominated by Andy Hakes, EVP Airline Operations, Engio - AireXpert: “Stacey has quickly established herself as a motivated, genuine, and committed advocate for women in aviation technical roles. She engages with very young children and she’s organized events in which she creatively gives young folks the opportunity to complete projects involving tools and materials.” She belongs to the AWAM, the Aviation Technical Education Council (ATEC), and Women in Aviation Intl. (WAI). She serves on AWAM’s national board of directors, is the co-chair of its scholarship program, and is the founder and president of the Central Florida AWAM chapter. Rudser would like to work for a 121 airline that has a corporate culture supportive of women and a focus on giving back to the community. Spencer Necessary, 36, Director of Safety, Security & Regulatory Compliance, STS Mod Center Spencer Necessary grew up around aviation in both the general aviation and military aviation and was primarily motivated by his father, retired from the U.S. Air Force. After serving in the U.S. Army in field artillery, he turned to aviation maintenance. Like his father, he is a USPA D-Licensed Skydiver and has completed over 2,000 freefall skydives and has worked as a skydiver videographer/photographer. He began his career in aviation in 2004 after leaving the Army in late 2003. His first job was working as a bench technician inspecting and servicing aircraft temperature and pressure sensing devices and turbine engine ignition system components. In 2005 he enrolled in the AMT program at Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth, TX, and attended night school while working full time. He worked in avionics and then the VIP interior completion industry with management roles overseeing quality control and quality assurance. He is now director of safety, security, and regulatory compliance for STS Mod Center. Nominated by Bryan Shaw, Marketing Director, STS Aviation Group: “During the acquisition period of AeroMod International, STS Aviation Group sought the services and expertise of Spencer Necessary who possessed the passion, dedication, and aptitude needed to bring cutting-edge technology and a fresh approach to commercial MRO. Flash forward 19 months and Spencer Necessary and his team have hired more than 150 people, booked two hangars until the end of 2019, and begun construction on a third hangar that will be open by the end of the year. Spencer and his team have also created a revolutionary workflow system that allows STS Mod Center’s aircraft repair and modification specialist to do a complete, nose to tail, InFlight Connectivity install in three days or less.” To give back to the industry Necessary spearheaded a program at Tarrant County College to develop a program to prepare highly experienced but noncertificated individuals to test for and attain FAA mechanic certification. In 2016 he was appointed by the Tarrant County College, Board of Trustees to serve on the college’s Aviation Advisory Committee. Necessary never wants to stop learning. He hopes to influence as many people as possible in a positive manner and to help reduce some of the confusion and stress that comes along with compliance with quality standards and regulatory framework in the aviation industry. He plans to seek Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) designation and a private pilot license (maybe even commercial).

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