Avionics News May 2012 - 34
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John Hamby of Universal Avionics
Prior to Universal, where did you work?
I worked at an audio-visual company in Wichita, Kan. I also was a freelance photographer, which was how I first worked with Universal. They hired me to shoot instrument panel pictures at Learjet in Wichita, Kan. Before that, I spent 10 years at Cessna. I installed wiring in the nose of several models and installed all the avionics boxes. In addition, I worked in the video department developing the systems training programs, teaching instrument panel assembly and soldering. I started my career at a local television station as a broadcast engineer. That’s where I learned about photography and video.
Tell me about your job at Universal Avionics.
I’m in the marketing department. I have a variety of responsibilities, which include purchasing advertising, graphic design, brochure development, photography, video production and trade show management.
You mentioned trade shows. Which shows do you attend annually?
We exhibit at NBAA, EBACE, RAA, Quad A, Heli-Expo, Singapore, Australia, the AEA International Convention and the AEA Regional Meetings, just to name a few. We also do the conferences with the airframe manufacturers, such as Bombardier and Cessna. We have scheduled a minimum of 28 shows and conferences in 2012.
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niversal Avionics Systems Corp. is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems for business jets, turboprop aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters, and regional and commercial airliners used by corporate, military and airline operators. The company offers advanced avionics as a retrofit solution for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Recently, Patricia Luebke, Avionics News contributor, spoke with John Hamby to learn more about his work at Universal Avionics.
Did you learn to love the desert?
I have, and that’s an interesting question. When I first came to Tucson, I remember being surprised at how small the trees were, and I missed the rain and flora in Kansas. However, you learn to love the desert. I don’t ever want to live where it gets cold again. I certainly don’t miss scraping windshields or salting sidewalks.
When did you start work at Universal?
My first day was May 10, 2004.
You remember the exact day. Why is that?
I really don’t know. But, it’s the only job I’ve ever had that I remember my exact start date.