July 28, 2011
By Jill W. Tallman
The General Aviation Awards Program honored four national recipients for excellence in flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and flight safety during EAA AirVenture.
Judy Ann Phelps of Santa Paula, Calif., is the 2011 Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. Phelps is a three-time Master CFI-Aerobatic who specializes in spin, tailwheel, and emergency maneuver training. She is an instructor at CP Aviation.
Vicki Lynn Sherman of Deland, Fla., was named 2011 FAASTeam Representative of the Year. A three-time Master CFI, Sherman is a flight, ground, and simulator instructor who sponsors and teaches FAA Wings seminars. She has been a crewmember at the FAA Production Studios in Deland since 1992.
Russell John Callender Jr. of Houlton, Wis., is the 2011 Avionics Technician of the Year. He owns RC Avionics at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Blaine, Minn. He specializes in computer drafting and redesign of aircraft instrument panels.
The 2011 Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year is Joseph Morales of Lakewood, Colo. Morales is the quality control manager and repair station chief inspector for Doss Aviation and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds an A&P certificate with inspection authorization, and is a CFI as well as a captain in the Civil Air Patrol.
All four of the recipients are pilots, which is unusual, according to Sandy Hill, a spokesman for the program. The GA Awards program is a cooperative effort between sponsoring organizations and the FAA.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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