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Bradley Krahn
Mechanic, Piedmont Airlines
Bradley Krahn bounced around a number of industries
during the beginnings of his career. Then 10
Age: 23
Hometown: Harrisburg,
Someone I look up to in the
industry: Matt Ryan
Favorite hobby:
Favorite thing about
aviation: The friendships
years ago, Krahn found himself hooked by aviation.
" About 10 years ago, my brother and I took a flight
together. He's an airline pilot now. So ever since
that first flight that we took together, I was hooked, "
Krahn recounts. " That's when I knew I wanted to
pursue a career in aviation. "
Krahn eventually found a job at his local flight
school, Cargill Aeronautical Academy, which he
described as a " dream come true. "
He began the aviation leg of his career as an office
manager, but a lifelong interest in the mechanical
and " wrenching on things, " drove him towards
aircraft maintenance.
" One day I went up to the director of maintenance
at the flight school and expressed interest in the
maintenance department. So that's how the whole
aviation maintenance thing started for me and it
just kind of grew from there, " Krahn said.
During this time he also obtained his IFR rating.
Krahn was promoted to operations director, with
administrative oversight of the service center. To
learn the processes, he began participating in the
A&P Apprentice Program. In December 2021, he
passed his A&P Knowledge Tests and Practical
Test. During his apprenticeship, he improved
inventory management and the service order process
and obtained his commercial pilot certificate.
" Aviation's an extremely rewarding career. At least
it has been for me so far and just my five short
years in it, " Krahn said. " Besides physically working
on aircraft, which I absolutely love, I would say
being a part of a team that does great things is
what I find a lot of enjoyment in. "
Age: 35
Hometown: San Antonio,
Alma mater: Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University
Someone I look up to in the
industry: I look up to anyone
that's out there doing the
hard work of mentoring the
next generation.
Favorite hobby: I'm a pretty
avid motorcyclist.
My favorite thing about
aviation: Every day that I'm
out on the flight line around
aircraft, that is hands down
the best reward for my work.
Kasey Dixon
Human Performance Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Kasey Dixon started her career in the Army,
where she was an aircraft mechanic specializing
in armament and avionics systems on the AH-64D
Apache Longbow helicopter. Her experiences put
her on the path of engineering and human factors.
" I would say the challenges I experienced conducting
maintenance in the forward deployed environment,
also using the helmet-mounted displays,
interacting with mission systems, things like that
really transformed the way I thought about human
factors. And it inspired me to make a career pivot
into the engineering side. I really wanted to have
a hand in the design process so that I could actually
influence the experience of users, " she said.
Now a human performance engineer with
Lockheed Martin, Dixon works to optimize everything
in the cockpit from a design standpoint.
" What that means is basically I work to optimize
everything in the cockpit from a design standpoint.
So, all of the human machine interface, anything
that the pilot needs to interact with or use, that's
kind of our role to make sure that they're most
successful. A secondary role that I have is actually
improving things like the maintainability of the
aircraft, " she said. " So we do a lot of human factors
consulting with mechanics and assemblers
to ensure that they've got the tools they need. "
Dixon has served as the lead human factors SME,
and Human System Integration lead across a number
of programs at Lockheed Martin. She also
worked as a manufacturing engineer supporting
Sikorsky programs at GKN Aerospace, where she
was the ergonomics safety chair, as well as the
Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) at
Lockheed Martin.
She previously worked for technology startup
SynapseMX, which creates intelligent maintenance
productivity platforms for airlines and general
aviation operations alike. She also provided
technical customer support for the HondaJet
at Cutter Aviation, where she managed AOG
response and provided support to technicians.
" I used to really take for granted how interesting
and dynamic my job was, but, now I always take
a couple moments to soak in the sights and the
sounds when I'm out on the flight line and just
really be in the moment. I just love the work I do
every day, " she said.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August 2022

A Southern Gentleman and a Great Man
Industry Inspection
AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professionals Award Winners
Adopting and Maintaining Effective Safety Management Systems
If Everything is Important Then...
PPG to Break Ground on New Toulouse-Base Aerospace Application Support Center
The Way We've Always Done It
Anyone Fits
MRO Package Tracks and Manages Aircraft Maintenance and Inventory Control
Advertiser’s Index
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July-August 2022 - A Southern Gentleman and a Great Man
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July-August 2022 - Industry Inspection
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July-August 2022 - AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professionals Award Winners
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July-August 2022 - Adopting and Maintaining Effective Safety Management Systems
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July-August 2022 - If Everything is Important Then...
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July-August 2022 - PPG to Break Ground on New Toulouse-Base Aerospace Application Support Center
July-August 2022 - The Way We've Always Done It
July-August 2022 - Anyone Fits
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July-August 2022 - MRO Package Tracks and Manages Aircraft Maintenance and Inventory Control
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