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REMEMBERING MONTE R. MITCHELL
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ganization that truly serves its members. Monte was blessed with great support from industry leaders, but they had to run their businesses. Monte was the point man who had to somehow get things done, and he did. And, he taught his daughters how to do it. We have all benefited from the AEA Educational Foundation. It not only established a way for the avionics industry to build talent and remain viable, but it gave many young people a great opportunity. Under Monte’s leadership, many programs were established that helped avionics shops provide crucial benefits to their employees like health insurance. He expanded the organization to embrace avionics shops globally. This was a wonderful win-win because it helped open opportunities for manufacturers and gave avionics shops around the world better access to technical training and expertise. The AEA is his legacy.

is respected around the world. Of course, Monte didn’t create this by himself, but he surrounded himself with people who shared, amplified and continue his vision. I am honored to have known him, and it is with pride that I currently serve on the AEA board of directors. Monte Mitchell may have left this world, but he’s not just a memory. His is a legacy that will endure for future generations of aviation professionals.

GARY PICOU, PS Engineering I would not be where I am today without Monte Mitchell. I know my company would not be as successful today without Monte Mitchell. I believe our industry would not be as successful today without the lifetime work of Monte Mitchell. One day 20 years ago, when I was in a transition period otherwise known as unemployed, Monte had an occasion to call and chat on an unrelated subject. By the time we hung up, I may not have had a job, but I had a positive attitude that still drives my career. Throughout the years, even the most casual conversation would leave me more energized and informed. The organization he built is much like Monte Mitchell: Monte Mitchell greets his granddaughter, Lauren modest and humble, but McFarland, AEA’s manager of marketing and competent and devoted to advertising, during a recent event. servicing the members’ needs. Above all, they’re dedicated to the best interests of the industry and related businesses for a common success. The impact of the organization Monte Mitchell built goes far beyond avionics technicians, specialized business owners and avionics manufacturers large and small. Today the AEA
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CARL WOLF, Garmin International I loved Monte Mitchell. I first met Monte in 1978. I was a young kid starting up in the avionics industry, and, in typical Monte fashion, he treated me as if we were long-time friends. I would have guessed he had been leading the AEA for years – he seemed to have such a great handle of things. I only found out years later that he took that role just shortly before I met him. I got to know Monte well throughout the years, mostly from all of the AEA meetings, my participation on the AEA board, the AEA Educational Foundation and the AEA Future Studies Committee. He was a great teaser, which I loved about him. I always aspired to master public speaking as well as he had. I never heard him speak negatively about anyone until one night – but it was all in fun, which brings me to my story about Monte. At my previous company in the early 1990s, one of our executives had decided to retire. He had been there for years, and all of our customers and industry knew him and liked him. I was asked to emcee his retirement party. We invited a couple of dealers and aircraft manufacturers to speak, along with some industry folks, which included Monte. It was held at an exclusive club in the Kansas City area, and there were a large number of people in attendance. We had decided early on to have Monte be the first of the invited guests to speak. Given his gift of speaking, we felt this would start the evening off right. After dinner, the fun began. I introduced Monte with a short bio and asked him to come up front. It didn’t take us 30 seconds to figure out that, once again, we had forgotten the cardinal rule of the importance of simple communication – we had all forgotten to tell Monte the format of the evening. Monte launched into a Don Rickles/Dean Martin style roast. At first, I felt bad that I hadn’t told him, but as it went on, it was hilarious and all in good fun. Monte barbecued him, but in a good way. I found myself mentally rewriting my own speech, thinking what I had planned was going to be pretty boring by comparison. I think others were doing the same. It was a great evening, and all of the speakers did a great job, but I’m sure the early course correction that Monte provided made it an even better night for all who attended. I will always remember Monte for his kind persona and his great sense of humor. He was a terrific man. 

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Avionics News December 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News December 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
ADS-B Circa 2013
Member Profile
Family Matters
Remembering Monte R. Mitchell
Before & After
A Conversation With...
History's Caretaker
Pro-to-col
Business Basics
Theory & Practice
AEA Members Make Headlines at NBAA Convention
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News December 2012 - Intro
Avionics News December 2012 - Cover1
Avionics News December 2012 - Cover2
Avionics News December 2012 - 1
Avionics News December 2012 - 2
Avionics News December 2012 - 3
Avionics News December 2012 - Point of Communication
Avionics News December 2012 - 5
Avionics News December 2012 - AEA Now
Avionics News December 2012 - 7
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Avionics News December 2012 - 9
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Avionics News December 2012 - 12
Avionics News December 2012 - 13
Avionics News December 2012 - The View From Washington
Avionics News December 2012 - 15
Avionics News December 2012 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News December 2012 - 17
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Avionics News December 2012 - ADS-B Circa 2013
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Avionics News December 2012 - 23
Avionics News December 2012 - Member Profile
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Avionics News December 2012 - Family Matters
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Avionics News December 2012 - Remembering Monte R. Mitchell
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Avionics News December 2012 - 38
Avionics News December 2012 - Before & After
Avionics News December 2012 - A Conversation With...
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Avionics News December 2012 - History's Caretaker
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Avionics News December 2012 - Pro-to-col
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Avionics News December 2012 - Business Basics
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Avionics News December 2012 - Theory & Practice
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Avionics News December 2012 - AEA Members Make Headlines at NBAA Convention
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Avionics News December 2012 - Marketplace Classifieds
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