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Zachary Craig Gatewood, 30, Director of Avionics/Chief Inspector, Sky World Aviation Inc., Culpeper, VA

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achary Craig Gatewood was introduced to airplanes when he
was eight years old. He would go to the airport with his father
to help with oil changes or other routine maintenance on general
aviation aircraft. In addition to helping his father, Gatewood noted
that he received a lot of training from his grandfather, as well. "From
the very beginning, he is what helped shape me into being the best
maintenance and avionics technician I can be."
In high school, during summer vacation, Gatewood continued
to help his father at the airport. "This led me to full-time employment in the family business at Sky World Aviation Inc. where I
gained enough work experience. I then went to Bakers School of
Aeronautics where I tested and received my A&P as well as my IA
certificate," he said.
In 2011, Gatewood started off as an apprentice and shortly thereafter moved into a technician role. In 2016, he started serving as the
Sky World Avionics Repair Station Chief Inspector and Director of
Avionics. He works with electronic flight instrument systems, audio
panel, GPS/NAV/COM, transponders, autopilots and entertainment
systems. He is responsible for coordinating and planning avionics installations and panel upgrades, IFR/VFR certifications and
line maintenance. Though, he said, "My primary responsibility is
making sure work is being done to the highest standard to ensure
the airworthiness and safety of the aircraft, pilots and passengers."

Gatewood says he received a lot of his
training through on-the-job experience.
He also attended the Lycoming Engines
Service School training program and many
Aircraft Electronics Association training
classes. Additionally, he has completed AEA
Advanced Wiring and Integration and AEA
Advanced Transponder training.
Gatewood belongs to the American
Bonanza Society and the Aircraft Electronics Association. He also
attends AEA national and regional conferences.
As a third generation A&P and IA, Gatewood sees the benefit
of sharing his knowledge with others because both his father and
grandfather were instrumental to his success in the aviation industry. Gatewood also said Richard Dreary, director of maintenance
at Sky World Aviation was a great mentor for him. "... he provided
guidance through some of the most complex problems and is always
there as a hands-on mentor." For this reason, Gatewood speaks
with new AMTs to help them understand more about the world
of aviation.
Gatewood's future goals include continuing to gain experience
in Aircraft Maintenance as well as avionics. He would also like to
get his Private Pilot's certificate.

Johnathan M. Botma, 31, Lead Mechanic, FEAM, Union, KY

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rowing up, Johnathan Botma disassembled and repaired just
about everything he could get his hands on. "It was in my nature,"
Botma said. " When anyone asked what I wanted to be when I grew
up, I always said I wanted to fly airplanes. That was until I took my
first flight to Puerto Rico. During the awe and amazement of that
flight, I realized I just had to find out how the aircraft worked. I
knew then and there that I wanted to become an aircraft mechanic.
That was 20 years ago and I still feel the same way to this day."
From his beginnings in high school to where he stands now, three
people have helped mold Botma or set the standard for him in his
career. First was Todd Olson, Botma's high school aviation instructor. "He taught me the basics of aviation maintenance and really lit
the fire and appreciation I have for this industry," Botma explained.
Second, was Lonny Bauer, the first lead mechanic he reported to. "He
really set the standard as to what a great leader looked like by working alongside his mechanics and teaching them with patience and
precision. He has done so for decades," noted Botma. Last but most
certainly not least is Botma's current boss and friend, Kerry Zickuhr.
"He has helped me grow even further as a leader and mechanic by
being a great example and setting high expectations on how to handle
difficult situations. He really pushes me every day to be the best that
I can be and helps me reach my goals," commented Botma.
Botma started off his career in Grand Rapids, MI in general
aviation. His job was to maintain the hangar and assist with

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maintenance on King Airs, Baron, Cessna
and Mooney aircrafts. After college, he joined
Pinnacle Airlines as a mechanic, where he performed overnight aircraft maintenance for
Delta Connection. Later at Pinnacle, Botma
began traveling to recover AOG aircraft
through the Midwest and East Coast. When
Pinnacle was bought by Delta Airlines, he
took a promotion and helped oversee heavy
maintenance at their MRO in Northern Kentucky. When Delta later
elected to move its heavy maintenance to Virginia, he decided to
stay in Northern Kentucky and return to hangar and line maintenance as a lead mechanic.
A new company to CVG had emerged and Botma elected to join
FEAM. "This would give me the opportunity to work on Boeing 747's
and 767's," he said. "We started with overnight maintenance and daily
quick turns for Atlas/Polar airlines. Now, nearly five years later, we
perform maintenance for several airlines and perform heavy maintenance at our newly-built hangar. I am currently lead mechanic and
on-the-job-training instructor for the FEAM hangar CVG."
Botma gives back by helping new mechanics understand the
aircrafts, the manuals and the proper procedures needed to safely
and efficiently complete their work. He feels great pride in seeing
new A&Ps succeed as mechanics in the industry that he loves.

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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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