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AUG-SEP 2018

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48 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY S imone Drakes says "Aviation has always been a part of my life as my father was an air traffic controller, and my brother is a pilot." Drakes was mentored by Lauren Nelson whom she met at EMTEQ. He was the former director of aircraft engineering at Eastern Airlines and co-founded AVITAS Engineering which was acquired by EMTEQ in 2002. He was president of engineering from 2008 through 2012. She received her bachelor of science degree in avionics engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and also received training at FAA Academy, Boeing, Avionica, and Aircraft Electronics Association. She is a member of Women in Aviation International, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and IEEE Women Engineers. Industry awards include the South Florida Business Journal Class of 2018 Top 40 Under 40. Yearly she attends AMC/AEEC Symposium, Flight Safety Foundation, NBAA-BACE, and EBACE. She was nominated by Anthony Rios, Vice President of Sales, Avionica: "Simone Drakes started with Avionica in 2008 as an avionics project engineer, and in 2015, Simone became vice president of engineering, overseeing research and develop- ment, aircraft installation and global civil aviation certification, and technical publications. Simone leads a team of 25 engineers who design and deploy avionics enhancements that offer increased server capacity, data connectiv- ity throughput, and improved reliability and safety across all Avionica products and plat- forms. Her achievements include: helped obtain new sales contracts with Kalitta, flydubai, Easter Jet, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Dragon, HondaJet, Bombardier, Air Greenland, Icelandair and Korean Air for Avionica products (satLINK MAX, aviONS, avCM and avSYNC service); completed the first Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for Avionica's Iridium transceiver, the satLINK MAX; and as DER, supported Avionica's numerous STC installation design approvals for Boeing 747 and 737MAX aircraft providing safe voice and data cockpit and cabin flight crew wireless connectivity, pioneering new certification regula- tory compliance for cyber security." To give back to the industry, Drake provides on-the-job train- ing and mentorship of more than 10 recent university graduates and she makes presentations at industry forums and conferences. Future gioals include attaining her Ph.D. in aviation. T hrough an information day at ROC College Airport, Maarten de Haas was exposed to aircraft construction and composites, as he was wondering which path to take. "At that time, I did see that composite was going to be the future and for me the technique was more interesting in aviation (than shipbuilding)." After four years of training at ROC College Airport, he applied at KLM. He started as a composite technician which lead to a part-time instructor position and composite repair specialist. And this spring he was named a full-time instructor. His main field is structure courses: composite and metal bonding training, damage assessment, structure, etc. He has completed advanced composite repair courses from Boeing and Airbus along with didactical training for instructor from KLM. Roel Groeneweg, a composite technician at KLM for almost 47 years, has helped de Haas progress in his profession, and other specialists and managers have given support and advice. Nominated by Joost Zuidam, Production Preparation Engineer, AirFrance Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance: "Maarten started his career at KLM E&M as a composite technician. While using the experience and knowledge of the older staff in the composite shop, he wasn't shy of introducing new techniques and methods to enhance the quality of repairs. As the years progressed he started sharing the gained experience with the younger and other newly employed staff as well as older colleagues, being patient with them while guiding them through the complex composite repair processes, thoroughly explaining why certain steps within the repair were so important. His commitment lead to Maarten becoming part of the shop's certifying staff after a few years. What I've always appreciated greatly in Maarten is the fact that he always takes the time to teach and try to improve everybody's skill level, always giving personnel safety and product quality (flight safety) a very significant role within the repair process. Due to his approach on repairs and all processes involved Maarten in my eyes became the go-to guy for newly developed repair techniques or repair firsts within the composite shop. Beginning of 2018 Maarten has started a new job, becoming a full-time Part 145 instructor for KLM E&M Training (SPL/GK). To give back to the industry de Haas' goal is "to make somebody else better. For the benefit of safety, KLM, and my colleagues I'm always willing to share my knowledge." As to the future, "For now I'm good, just started a new job. I do have lots to learn and enough challenges for the future." Maarten de Haas, 35, Instructor, AFI KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Netherlands Simone Drakes, 36, Vice President of Engineering, Avionica, Miami, FL

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