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Chris Wilson, 33, Avionics Manager / Service Manager, Augusta Aviation, Inc., Augusta, GA

N

ot many people go from studying to become a doctor and
working in a hospital to becoming an aircraft mechanic,
and while Chris Wilson's journey into the aviation industry may
be unique, his passion for the work is nothing be genuine.
Wilson graduated college with a B.S. degree in psychology
and began work as a counselor. Looking to pursue a career in
medicine, Wilson began shadowing at a hospital while completing his pre-med schooling. While shadowing, he began working
part-time in Augusta Aviation, Inc.'s maintenance department as
a customer service representative. As his role at the airport grew,
Wilson says changes in the medical field lessened his desire to
become a doctor. He found himself more and more enjoying his
time in the aircraft shop.
"So I changed my career path and began working with the
AMTs," said Wilson. "I loved it all and our shop provided a wide
range of general aviation experience. After several years of work,
I gained the required experience to test for my A&P license. After
obtaining my A&P, I had the opportunity to work alongside our
avionics AMTs and found that I had a natural affinity for the
work. I obtained a repairmen certificate under our 145 avionics
repair station. During that time, I saw the potential in the avionics shop and an opportunity presented itself for me to help
grow the department. I went from technician to chief inspector

and then on to accountable manager for the
repair station. As things grew and we hired
more technicians on the avionics side of the
house, a need arose for a service manager
for our maintenance department."
And now in 2019, Wilson is serving as
the service manager for Augusta Aviation's
maintenance shop. He also runs their avionics repair station as its accountable manager
and is working to wrap up his private pilot's license soon - hoping
to fly for Augusta's 135 charter operation in the future.
"As avionics manager, Chris used many of his customer service skills from his customer support days to build a following
of avionics customers in addition to the paperwork generated
from the FAA. We have seen the avionics shop grow under his
leadership. Chris is also a certified repairman under our repair
station, as well as the accountable manager for the repair station,
being the sole interface with the FAA regarding regulatory and
oversight matters. Chris is leading our Avionics shop though
dozens of ADSB installations as well as the updating of the panels in all three of Augusta Aviation's Charter Fleet or KingAirs,"
writes Becky Shealy, VP of business development for Augusta
Aviation, Inc., on Wilson's nomination.

Congratulations!
Robotic Skies, the only global maintenance
network for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS),
congratulates Chris Haskell as well as the other
maintenance technicians honored by their
selection for AMT Magazine's Next Gen Award.
UAS will provide thousands of new jobs for
maintenance personnel, and as the UAS industry
evolves, Chris and Robotic Skies will set the
standard for maintenance excellence.

Congratulations, Chris!

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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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