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Dennis Schmidt (center) celebrates after Sandia was named the AEA Associate Member of the Year at the 2013 AEA International Convention & Trade Show.

He became a radar technician and worked on sidelooking radar. Something else important happened at
this time. Soon after high school, Schmidt had a job at
Yellowstone Park and met a girl named Judy.
"She was going to Auburn University," he said.
"After a year, we got married."
That was in 1966, which means he and Judy will
celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year.
He joked, "My kids were talking about our 50th
anniversary, and I remember when my grandparents
were celebrating theirs, and they were old!"
After his stint in the Navy was complete, Dennis and
Judy were trying to decide where to live. "We were at
an impasse," he said. "She didn't want to live in the
North because it was too cold, and I didn't want to live
in the South because it was too hot."
They compromised on Kansas City, where he
started looking for a job. He spotted an ad from a
small company promising to "earn while you learn."
Recalling that this was exactly what the Navy
promised, Schmidt checked out King Radio and was
hired.
"My wife got a job teaching school in Independence,

and I worked on DMEs at King," he said. It was at
King where Schmidt met Dennis Hitt, "an incredible
man" in Schmidt's words. "I learned more from him
than anyone about how to treat a customer. He was a
great man." From Hitt, he learned the philosophy that
he still practices today - the only reason you came to
work today was to work with the customer.
Another lesson Schmidt learned at King was the
power of advertising when times are tough.
"It's easy to cut advertising, and when you come
to work the next day, nothing has changed," he said.
"When I was at King, we were No. 2 behind Narco. We
went into a recession, and King was bringing out new
products. King continued to advertise, went ahead and
never looked back."
It also was at King where Schmidt earned his pilot
certificate and met Gary Kelley, Bud Glover and Craig
Christie. "I really admire them," he said.
From King, he was recruited by Foster AirData in
Ohio. The company did not have a service department
so they needed someone to set it up. "I worked
for Mike Smyser and learned a lot about customer
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News July 2015

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
ADS-B Strategy Accelerated
Member Profile
More Power to the Panel
Legacy of Small Town Airports
A Conversation With...
Current Status of ADS-B Deployment in the U.S.
Member Profile
Garmin’s G3X Touch
Artisanal Avionics
The Standy Power Dilemma b
What’s Working?
Business Basics
Aviation Aces
What’s New
Marketplace Classifieds
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