Aircraft Maintenance Technology

AUG-SEP 2018

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56 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Henry Locher, 36, Vice President of Operations, AAR Landing Gear Services, Miami, FL The ever-changing environment and challenges are what drew Henry Locher into aviation. Jesus Banal, vice president of operation and general manager of AAR Landing Gear Services, was his mentor. Locher started at AAR Landing Gear Services in 2010 as a business intelligence analyst. He built his career around production and soon became the director of operations and he was in charge of the planning department and overseeing critical aspects of the production system. In 2017, he was promoted to his current position of vice president of operations, and he is in charge of leading the production, planning, and supply chain of the landing gear overhaul facility. He attended the University of Miami, Universidad Metropolitana, Villanova University, and received additional training at AAR Corp. He focused on production engineering at Universidad Metropolitana, received a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami, and achieved Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at Villanova University. He belongs to the University of Miami, Center for Advanced Supply Chain Management. Nominated by Scott Ingold, Vice President and General Manager, AAR Corporation, Landing Gear Services: “Henry Locher joined AAR Landing Gear Services in Miami in 2010. He was tasked with creating business intelligence tools to help us run our business more effectively and efficiently. This eventually led him into identifying better production systems and moving the operational philosophy away from the classical push and expedite. He was able to develop a proprietary software that drives all internal operations and support external ones critical to operational success. His commitment to employee safety is unwavering and with our growing operations he has helped start apprenticeship programs to continue to train critical skillsets for our industry.” To give back to the industry Locher mentors and makes time for people in the industry. “I’m currently mentoring my successor and hopefully I can teach him everything that Jesus Banal taught me throughout my career in the aviation industry.” His short-term career goal is to increase professional knowledge and training. “I would like to get aviation certifications and keep improving my management skills while in my current role. Long-term, I would like to keep growing inside AAR and achieve a leadership role as general manager in AAR Landing Gear Services or another management opportunity that would continue to expand my skillset.” James Logue, 29, General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance, Thermal, CA Growing up in Marshfield, MA, James Logue was fascinated with aviation. He would hang out at the FBO just to talk to pilots and watch airplanes. He started taking flying lessons in high school but really enjoyed fixing cars and electronics so he chose aircraft maintenance as a career path. Logue received his training from the National Aviation Academy. He has achieved the FAA AMT Award each year of his career and received the Gold Award twice. Advanced training includes Challenger 300 and Embraer Phenom and Legacy maintenance training, along with Rockwell Collins and Honeywell avionics training. Logue started working in a GA avionics shop after getting his A&P and FCC licenses. He worked for Bombardier as an avionics technician in the KBDL service center for two years before going to Embraer. Then he worked for Air Bear Aviation performing AOG maintenance. He now works for Desert Jet Maintenance as the general manager, with responsibilities to expand the business and ensure that maintenance is accomplished in a safe, efficient, and profitable manner. Nominated by Chris Little, Chief Marketing Officer, Desert Jet: “James Logue has been instrumental to the growth of Desert Jet’s Maintenance business. He has doubled the staff, hiring talent within the local area and has developed strategic relationships for continued growth. James has instituted processes creating efficiencies to save the company money and reinvested back to incentivize and reward his employees. Through James’ leadership and his commitment to training and safety, Desert Jet Maintenance has been awarded the coveted FAA Diamond Award of Excellence for the first time. James is an innovator, motivator, and enthusiastic individual dedicated to his craft and elevating his team’s expertise and performance. His commitment to continuous improvement is a testament of his many successes, both personally and for the companies he has been employed by. He has earned the coveted Desert Jet “Awesome Award” in recognition of his accomplishments and dedication to going above and beyond for his team, company and/or customers.” He enjoys mentoring new technicians and has also been a part-time Part 147 instructor. Logue’s career goal is to grow and expand Desert Jet Maintenance. “We have grown a lot in the past year so my goal is to keep the momentum going and grow Desert Jet Maintenance into a major player in the industry.”

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