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AUG-SEP 2018

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60 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Eric Sorensen, 36, Engine Line Team Leader, Duncan Aviation, Provo, UT Eric Sorensen was always interested in the mechanical aspects of cars, motorcycles, and anything else with an engine, which lead to his aviation career. After high school he attended Colorado Aerotech (Westwood College of Aviation Technology), and earned his A&P and associate degree. Advanced training includes Duncan Aviation’s leadership programs; FAA Gold and Silver training certificates; Honeywell LTS 101, TFE 731, and HTF 7000 line maintenance certificates; factory training on Lear 45 and 60 and Gulfstream G200; and line maintenance certificates on GE CF34, Pratt & Whitney 300 series, and Rolls-Royce Tay 611 and BR 710. His parents have supported his decisions, and were always there to offer encouragement. In his aviation career, mentors include Bill Prochazka, COO at Duncan Aviation; David Anderson, assistant chief inspector; David Cordova; and Chad Doehring. Sorensen began his career at Intermountain Turbine Services as a helicopter engine technician moving up to shop foreman. He started with Duncan Aviation in December 2010 on an engine Rapid Response Team in Scottsdale, AZ. His current position is engine line team leader. He heads up the engine program in Provo, and is responsible for all engine-related maintenance on a wide variety of business aircraft. Nominated by Chad Doehring, Vice President of Aircraft Services, Duncan Aviation: “Eric’s mechanical abilities, along with his inherent leadership skills, catapulted Eric to his current position of Team Leader within the Airframe Department. Eric’s contributions have impacted both the company and our team members immensely. Eric’s “can-do” attitude and methodical approach have made a positive impact on our quality of work performed, level of service provided, and dedication to our customers. Eric’s variety of talents as an aviation professional has allowed him to build several successful aircraft maintenance teams.” To give back to the industry, Sorensen is on the Utah State University Aircraft Maintenance Advisory Board. He provides feedback to the college, and Duncan Aviation has hired a number of employees from the school. He’s also been involved with a number of aviation maintenance career fairs at Utah State University, Salt Lake Community College, and Pima Community College. Sorensen’s career goal is to provide leadership at all levels to assist expansion efforts in Provo and provide exceptional customer service. Beyond this current challenge, his leadership efforts will be directed toward making Duncan Aviation and the Provo operation a world-class facility. John Coty Stiltner, 34, Customer Account Leader, StandardAero, Maryville, TN John Coty Stiltner joined the U.S. Air Force in 2007 where he began his aviation career. His mentor is his father, Randy Stiltner. “Although he did not work in the aviation industry, he did instill a great sense of hard work and responsibility which has allowed me to be successful.” He received his initial aerospace propulsion training through the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX. He received an associate’s of applied science degree in aerospace maintenance technologies from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor’s of science degree from Liberty University in interdisciplinary studies: aviation and natural sciences. His career has taken him from the U.S. Air Force, to 414th Air Reserve Unit supporting the F-15E Strike Eagle’s F100 powerplant, the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing supporting the C-130 Hercules T56 engine to Kay & Associates Inc. as an aerospace engine mechanic. Stiltner currently holds the position of customer account leader for StandardAero. He maintains daily communications and overall relations with roughly 30 customer accounts worldwide. Nominated by Alex Youngs, Director of Sales and Marketing Business Intelligence. StandardAero: “Since August 2015, Coty has served as customer account leader at StandardAero’s Maryville, TN, facility. In this role, Coty has provided leadership to his APU support team, acting as a liaison between the customer and StandardAero’s operations, engineering, and materials teams. Coty has quickly become a core member of the Maryville team, bringing deep technical insight and a strong project management skillset, combined with excellent customer rapport. Coty’s strong work ethic is matched by his contributions back to the community: a long-time athletic coach and mentor, Coty currently volunteers as a wrestling coach at a local school. Coty has also volunteered at various animal shelters. During his active USAF service, Coty also volunteered as a member of the Langley AFB Honor Guard, eventually being appointed as flight commander. During his 11-year career, Coty has earned a reputation for technical excellence, business acumen and strong leadership.” “I believe I provide a service to the aerospace industry that is based on experience and hard work. I have worked my way from a basic aerospace engine mechanic to an experienced maintenance professional and account leader for various customers around the world today.” Stiltner plans to pursue an advanced degree to assist in his advancement.

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