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Joshua Lyon, 32, Director of Maintenance, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

J

oshua Lyon's path into aviation began as a child at the airport,
watching his father leave for business trips.
"My earliest interest in aviation stemmed from seeing my dad off
for business trips at the airport when I was a kid. I loved watching
the airliners and ground crews through the terminal windows.
During high school, I read a book called Jungle Pilot about the
life of missionary pilot Nate Saint. After reading that book, I
really wanted to pursue working with aircraft and serving God
simultaneously. I chose to enroll at LeTourneau University, which
is a great school to learn about God and aviation," recounts Lyon.
Lyon then took his first step into the aviation working-world
in the summer of 2008, during his Junior year of college, as
an intern at Dynamic Aviation. From there, his job path took
flight. A year later, Lyon had his first full time job as an A&P for
Take Flight Alaska. "A great place to sink my teeth into aviation
maintenance," said Lyon.
Fast forward another year and Lyon found himself working at
Bering Air in Kotzebue Alaska with a "good group of mechanics,"
taking care of Navajos and Caravans. While at Bering Air, he tested
for and received his IA in the summer of 2012. Simultaneously,
Lyon also ran a small business working on Piper Cubs and other
small privately-owned aircraft, eventually doing annuals.

Come the summer of 2014, Lyon's career
came full circle by landing in his current
position as the director of maintenance at
LeTourneau University.
"LeTourneau is a Christian University that
offers a variety of degrees. The bulk of the
student population at LeTourneau comes for
engineering and aviation. I was hired on as
Director of Maintenance for the 141 flight
school in the College of Aviation. I was technically qualified to
attain this position but was surprised to get it. Typically, such a
position goes to someone with a lot more experience. However,
with a great crew working for me, very knowledgeable faculty right
outside my door, and God's blessing, running Flight Maintenance
for LeTourneau has been wonderful overall," said Lyon.
"My responsibilities as DOM include anything that is required
to acquire, sell, or maintain the aircraft we use for flight training.
We typically run a little less than 8000 flight hours in a year.
Besides myself, I have two full time A&Ps and four to five parttime mechanic's helpers/washers. My main goals are ensuring
safe and legal aircraft, available aircraft, resource stewardship
and a professional shop environment," Lyon continued.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

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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