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Jody L. Payne, 32, Avionics Program Engineer, Endeavor Air, Knoxville, TN

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rom a young age, Jody L. Payne always worked on things with
his father. Additionally, Payne's high school girlfriend's father
was an instructor at the local A&P School. "... after talking with
her father about the school and the industry, I thought it would be
a great industry for me to work in," Payne noted.
In December of 2009, he started with Pinnacle Airlines in
Knoxville, TN, immediately after finishing school. "During my time
with Pinnacle, I managed to work my way up from maintenance
tech to avionics tech where I got to expand my knowledge and
start molding my skills in Avionics."
From there, Payne was offered a position with FlightChoice charters in Knoxville, TN in December of 2011. While at FlightChoice
Payne says he learned about how general aviation and charters
worked. He performed 50 and 100 hour inspections, several wiring
mods and all kinds of various maintenance on company and private
customer aircraft. It was then that Payne obtained his Inspection
Authorization and began doing annual inspections, as well.
In January of 2014, Payne returned to Pinnacle, which had since
changed their name to Endeavor. "I began working as a maintenance tech again, but regularly used my avionics skills," Payne said.
Payne quickly worked his way up to lead maintenance tech and
it was around this time that he decided he wanted a position with
the Endeavor Air MOTR (Maintenance Operations Tech Rep) Group.

He was granted the position as the first ever
avionics specific MOTR in March of 2018. This
group within Endeavor monitors aircraft for
repeat discrepancies and provides instruction
on actions to be taken to correct them. They
also provide assistance for technicians while
working/troubleshooting difficult issues in
the field.
Today, along with his role as avionics systems programs engineer, he still works in general aviation with
FlightChoice, now named Xpress Aircraft Maintenance, from time
to time to assist with tasks as needed.
Payne notes several mentors who have helped him grow, but
two that stand out. "In my personal life is my father for taking me
under his wing at a young age. He taught me how things work and
how to work on them. In aviation, I met Roy Abrams, a Charles
Taylor Master Mechanic Award winner, about two to three years
into my career. He has been, and continues to be, a huge part of my
support system for me to be where I am today," Payne explained.
Payne's goal for the future is to keep moving forward. "I never
thought I would have made it to engineering by now, nor would
I have thought I would be receiving this award. With those two
things, I have already exceeded my goals."

Michael Horan, 33, Director of Maintenance (135), Desert Jet, La Quinta, CA

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ichael Horan began his aircraft maintenance career at an early
age. Growing up in a neighborhood set under Burbank Airport's
flight path, Horan was mesmerized watching planes fly overhead
and his passion for aviation grew. He loved working on motorcycles
and cars and, at the age of 17, knew he wanted to be in aviation.
Immediately after graduating high school, Horan began taking
flying lessons while he attended A&P school. He earned his private
pilot license at the age of 19 and his A&P license the following year.
In 2007, Horan began his aviation career as an aircraft technician
for a local flight school, gaining years of general aviation/corporate
jet experience in Part 145 and Part 135 operations. He received a
promotion within a year to lead technician/shop foreman. Horan
then served as an AOG mobile support tech for eight years, traveling throughout the country. He performed maintenance planning
and control and soon was promoted to the base manager responsible for running day-to-day operations. During this time, Horan
worked on various airframes, including Embraer, Citation, Falcon,
Bombardier, Gulfstream, Piaggio and Beechcraft.
Horan joined Desert Jet in 2015 as a lead technician and assistant
part 135 director of maintenance. He transitioned to the role of
Part 145 accountable manager running the Desert Jet Maintenance
Repair Station and manual revisions. Recently, he was promoted
to director of maintenance (DOM) for Desert Jet's Part 135 charter
services, Desert Jet Charter, overseeing their Citation charter fleet.

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As Desert Jet's DOM, Horan is committed
to keeping the company's charter aircraft
safe while maintaining the best operational
and dispatch reliability throughout its fleet.
In his short time in the DOM role, Horan has
been able to enhance processes to minimize
aircraft downtime and optimize operational
availability.
During the pandemic, Horan remains committed to keeping Desert Jet's fleet safe and ready to fly. He also
works closely with the company's Part 145 repair station general
manager to support his team of technicians and their customers.
Horan has trained new technicians straight out of A&P school
who have gone on to lead successful careers. He considers teaching
and passing along lessons learned from talented A&P "legends" that
he was fortunate to work alongside, as one of his favorite things
he has done in his career. Mentored himself for seven years, Horan
learned how to expand his knowledge of Part 135 and Part 145
operations and shared that with his apprentices. He specializes in
Phenom 100s/300 training and Cessna 560, 550B training.
Horan is a licensed pilot, A&P and flight attendant. He has been
the recipient of multiple FAA Diamond Awards and has more than
13 years of experience in turbine aircraft maintenance.

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Editor's Takeoff: The Young and the Restless
Industry Inspection
40 Under 40, Who Made the Cut?
Keeping Sharp on Blade Maintenance
Protect Others, Protect Yourself
Nimble at 65
Flightdocs' Journey Lands at ATP
How to Address Systemic Safety and Quality Issues
Professionalism: Owning Your Impact
ARSA: Maintenance Professionals Share Career Stories
Advertiser's Index
Shop Talk: Maintenance Records, or Lack There Of
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