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Nominations now open for four prestigious GA awardsNominations now open for four prestigious GA awards

Think you've got the best flight instructor in the country? Or maintenance tech? Or avionics tech? Then nominate them for this year's CFI (certificated flight instructor), Aviation Maintenance Technician, or Avionics Technician of the Year awards. Nominations for the FAA Safety Counselor of the Year are also open. Nomination forms are now available from the Air Safety Foundation.

"These annual awards honor the top men and women who promote aviation safety and education," said ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg. "Candidates are judged on the basis of sustained superior performance in their respective fields, as well as their specific contributions and accomplishments."

The awards recognize the year's most outstanding individuals in those aviation categories. They are sponsored by more than a dozen government and industry organizations, including AOPA and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Nominees must have a minimum of five years of active experience in their field and hold FAA certificates appropriate for the award.

Nominations for the CFI, Aviation Maintenance Technician, and Avionics Technician awards are due at local FAA flight standards district offices (FSDOs) no later than October 1, 2003, with winners announced by March 1, 2004. Nominations for the FAA Safety Counselor award must be received at the local FSDO by August 1. That winner will be announced by November 1, 2003. Winners receive both recognition and valuable gifts and merchandise from the sponsoring organizations.

This is the fortieth consecutive year for the CFI of the Year award. An Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year has also been honored for most of those years, while the FAA Safety Counselor of the Year award was first given in 1995. The Avionics Technician of the Year award was first given in 1999.

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