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Antonio Wooten, 34, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Rolls Royce, Alamo, GA

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ntonio Wooten found his love for aviation on a 6th grade field
trip. At the Museum of Aviation he was fascinated by all the
aircraft on display and it gave him the desire to learn more. But it
was in his freshman year of high school that he knew he wanted
to pursue a career in aviation. Wooten entered the exciting world
of aviation in 2004 through a high school co-op program at an
aviation school near his hometown in Georgia.
In college, he found a mentor, Adon Clark, who inspired Wooten
with his knowledge about the aviation industry. "He was program
chair, my first instructor in my college journey. Most of all, Mr.
Clark inspired me to have big dreams," Wooten said.
In 2005, Wooten won the Lowe Aviation Award of Excellence in
Aviation Maintenance for being a mature, responsible role model for
new AMT students. He was commended for entering the Aviation
Maintenance Technology program at Georgia Aviation Technical
College while still enrolled in high school. The award was made
with the purpose of recognizing qualified, dedicated maintenance
professionals.
In 2006, directly out of A&P school, he landed a job with
Continental Express. Wooten began his career doing heavy maintenance on Executive Regional Jets and later gained some experience
on corporate regional jets. Wooten moved to a lead technician
position and then into a maintenance controller role. During the

time Wooten was working for the company,
he was also equipping himself to propel even
further in the industry. While he worked for
Continental Express, he earned two undergraduate degrees - aviation management
and logistics management - as well as a
graduate degree in aviation management. He
also holds a degree in air traffic management.
Later, Wooten switched to the airport sector as an airport operations specialist. Currently, he works as an
engine technician who provides maintenance, service and support on the Rolls-Royce Adour F405 engine which powers the T-45
Goshawk.
Wooten belongs to the American Association of Airport
Executives. He also gives back to the aviation industry by speaking with children and young adults about how rewarding a career
in aviation can be.
Wooten's future career goals include becoming a manager and
eventually achieving an executive level position. In addition, one
day, he hopes to share his knowledge by teaching aviation to young
individuals to inspire them to work in the world of aviation, just
as he was when he was young.

Shaun Connors, 32, Line Maintenance Engineer, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong, China

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haun Connors' interest in aviation began when he realized just
how complex aircraft can be. He was intrigued by all the different
systems that had to work harmoniously together to keep the aircraft
in the air. To this day, he is still fascinated by the complexity of
aircraft flight, which drives him to learn more about the industry.
After Connors finished his studies at Aviation Australia in
Brisbane, he moved to Portland, Victoria to work for Sharp Airlines.
There, he completed his apprenticeship and worked as an aircraft
maintenance engineer.
He then moved to Cathay Pacific Airways where he worked as a
line aircraft maintenance engineer. Three years ago, he relocated
to Hong Kong to work in Cathay Pacific Airways' headquarters.
Currently, he works there as a line maintenance engineer. "I work
in a small team and our primary focus is to support and manage
the day to day operations of the engineering operation. I also carry
out additional duties to support the operation by performing AOG
recovery, flying spanner/riding engineer duties and relief duties as
required," Connors said.
Connors currently holds an Australian Engineering License
(CASA B1.1 & B1.2), an American FAA A&P certification, and a
Hong Kong Engineering License (HKCAD B1.1). He is currently
pursuing a master's degree in aviation management from UNSW,
an airworthiness regulatory course from Cranfield Univeristy, an
accident and serious incident investigation training course from

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Cranfield University, a lean six sigma yellow
belt and lean six sigma green belt.
Connors explained he has had many
mentors who have helped him to his current
position. "My first mentor was my first chief
engineer, Jeff Wyckelsma," Connors said,
who helped lay the platform for his career.
"Next, was my previous engineering manager
Benjamin Connell for his ongoing wisdom and
support." Finally, Connors thanks his managers David Smith and
Bo Shen for their constant guidance and support in his career.
In 2007, Connors won Apprentice of the Year from Sharp Airlines,
Engineer of the Year from Sharp Airlines in 2009 and he achieved the
Engineering Certificate of Excellence from Cathay Pacific in 2010.
Connors often speaks at local high schools about working as an
aircraft engineer/technician to encourage others to pursue aviation.
He also volunteered to perform multiple riding engineer flights
in March and April during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19
pandemic to rescue Hong Kong citizens trapped in Wuhan. "As I
had the skills and engineering certification, I volunteered to go to
Wuhan traveling on board the aircraft to support the turnaround
and provide any defect rectification," Connors stated.
In the future, Connors hopes to continue doing what he loves,
which is working as an engineer in the aviation industry.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

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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