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Albert Eike, 36, Purchasing Manager, CAS-Components, Fairhope, AL

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t was February 2003 when Albert "Al" Eike found himself
entering the aviation field. Propelled by a natural love of math,
numbers and organization, Eike left a customer service job renting
condos in Gulf Shores, Alabama in search of something more in
line with those natural interests. His search lead him into Certified
Aviation Services (CAS) - Components' stockroom.
"I began my career in February of 2003 on a three month
temporary assignment to help gather paperwork files and spare
parts for a large lot sale of old inventory. My personal requirement for organization provided me comfort working inside of a
multi-million dollar aircraft inventory warehouse. I felt this place
was my second home, because there were never questions or
concerns about being 'too organized' in a stockroom environment. Organization was encouraged, so I knew this is where I
wanted to be," recalls Eike.
Over the course of his 16 years with CAS, Eike has risen through
the ranks to materials manager and along the way enhanced his
training and skills with outside education. He has training certificates from the University of Tennessee, Boeing, AIDT and ATN.
"All of my advanced training courses have derived from lean
manufacturing principles, which trains you how to eliminate
waste from production processes," Eike said.

That training is helping Eike work towards
his career goal of seeing CAS-Components
become on the world's elite and most respected component repair shops.
"I was one of five people set out to accomplish this mission many years ago. My goal
is to see this dream unfold before my very
eyes," continued Eike.
And to help that happen, Eike is actively
helping to mentor the next generation of aviation professionals
- giving back to the industry in the same way it provided for
him 16 years ago.
"Whether it's training a new CAS employee, or providing guidance to our closest customers, passing along the things I've learned
over my 16 years in the industry is the best way I am giving
back to the industry. Every single idea and/or reason I utilize to
execute my responsibilities, is a direct correlation to something
I was shown how to do or found out through auditing processes
over the years. It gives me great pleasure to share any and all of
that knowledge to our employees during their first few days on
site. Something that took me 16 years to learn, I will show them
during their first week on the job," Eike said.

Colin Estes, 29, A&P Lead Mechanic, Certified Aviation Services, Ontario, CA

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olin Estes is good with his hands. He says he's had a passion for fixing things since childhood, helping his dad work
on cars.
"Growing up, I always worked on cars with my dad because
I had a passion for fixing things and taking pride in my work.
He always encouraged me to go above and beyond working on
cars and to go into an industry that would push my education
and find a place where I could grow into management to lead
a team," recalls Estes.
From automobiles to aircraft, Estes took his father's advice
and brought his innate skills to the aviation field, receiving his
A&P training from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga in
California, as well as a BS in professional aeronautics with a
minor in management and minor in aviation safety from Embry
Riddle Aeronautical University.
After completing his schooling and training, Estes joined the
workforce, beginning his aviation career working in a Part 135
corporate aircraft charter company where he maintained 13 aircraft composed of Gulfstream's, Learjet's, Pilatus, Westwind, and
Falcon corporate jets.
Then, Estes joined Certified Aviation Services (CAS), continuing
the upward trajectory of his career and skill sets.
"I then started my career with CAS in a hangar working

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a C-Check on Orbitals L1011. After the
C-Check was over, they moved me into Line
Maintenance on Boeing 767 cargo aircrafts
for ABX. During that time, I had the opportunity to travel with our AOG Aircraft Recovery
and Repair Go Team to Minnesota where
we replaced the main landing gear support
structure, rib six, on a Airbus A330. It was
a seven week project and entailed removal
of the landing gear, flaps, spoilers, panels, electrical, hydraulic
lines and any other components required to remove the defective structure. After the repair was complete, we reinstalled all
those removed components and made sure everything worked
correctly. I returned to California to be a part of another C-Check
only this time being on a Boeing 747 and I was promoted to
night shift lead A&P mechanic," describes Estes.
Estes' current position sees him managing a Cessna Citation X,
which he plans and schedules maintenance for and performs all
scheduled maintenance on. He's also the day shift A&P mechanic
on a "Top-Secret DOD Test Bed Aircraft," where he performs
maintenance, maintains logbooks, weight and balance changes,
and leads a team of mechanics in maintaining the airworthiness
of the aircraft.

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Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
Commercial/MRO: Never Scrap Your (Composite) Component Again
Cover Story: NextGEN Awards
Product Update
ARSA Insight: The "Good Example" Movement
ATEC Insight: Rise Above the Noise
Advertisers' Index
Editor's Sign-off: I am a Next Gen
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