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Andrew Muehl, 36, A&P Technician, Stein's Aircraft Services, LLC, Kenosha, WI

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ndrew Muehl's interest in aviation began when he was a child.
"My dad, being an A&P and chief pilot, would always take me [to]
the airport to perform regular maintenance on a Cessna 414. Mostly
oil changes, some tire changes and, as I got older, a few 100-hour
inspections got thrown in there. Those experiences would be my
first real hands-on experience working on and around airplanes,"
Muehl stated.
After discovering his passion for aviation, Muehl enrolled in the
aviation technician program at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
While earning his A&P, he did line service at his local airport. He
says the experience helped him learn how to move around whirling
propellers and to deal with jet blasts. But it also helped him gain
exposure to the different types of airplanes.
After he finished school, Muehl's first A&P job was working
for PlaneSafe Aircraft Maintenance. He is grateful to his bosses
Sam and Dru who, "...thankfully, were very patient in teaching and
expanding my own knowledge base."
Muehl now works as a technician for Stein's Aircraft Services.
There, he helps perform routine and unscheduled maintenance,
along with light and heavy inspections on corporate aircraft such
as King Airs, Beechjets, Hawkers, Learjets and Falcons. "For me,
working at Stein's has been great because we work well as a team
and there is a good knowledge pool," Muehl says.

Muehl is humbled by this award and would
like to thank Tim Geldermann for nominating
him. "Tim and I have known each other for a
number of years and this came as a complete
surprise. I try not to stand out, just do my job."
Geldermann first worked with Muehl in
2009 when both volunteered for a 501(c)3 nonprofit event, Wings Over Waukesha. "In 2014,
I became a part-time flight instructor on the
other side of the Waukesha Airport at Stein's Aircraft Services, LLC
and happened across Andy once again, who had made the move to
Stein's one year prior in 2013 to grow himself professionally and step
up to working on the Part 61 flight school aircraft, as well as Part
91 private and 135 charter turboprop and jet aircraft. Always the
consummate professional, Andy gladly took care of any squawks
I presented with ease," Geldermann said.
Geldermann worked with Muehl until Stein's expanded the operations to include the Kenosha Regional Airport (KENW). Although
they do not work together anymore, Geldermann is "...confident he
is still a knowledgeable mechanic and exemplifies what it means
to be a professional with a great attitude as well as strong interpersonal and customer service skills no matter how taxing the
environment or situation."

Patrick Gray, 30, A&P Mechanic, Belle Aircraft Maintenance, Penrose, NC

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&P mechanic Patrick Gray has been interested in aviation since
he was young. He dreamed of getting his Pilot's license, "but when
the housing market crashed in 2008 I had to change directions, and
since I like working on things I figured going into maintenance
was a good fit ..." Gray said.
During his high school career, Gray started working as an electrician and busser. While attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, he worked as a lab assistant. As a lab assistant, he
helped teach upcoming students in the maintenance sheet metal
lab, composites lab and general mechanic labs.
Also while attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
he took the Avionics Line Maintenance course. In addition to his
schooling at Embry-Riddle, he has also received advanced training
for installing L3 Lynx transponders.
After he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he
started working at Belle Aircraft Maintenance as a floor mechanic
and engine builder. He also does ADS-B installations and limited
avionics work.
Gray makes a point to help others learn more about aviation.
When not working, Gray helps his local EAA chapter 1016 "with
informative programs during their monthly meeting when they ask
and in general help them when they have any questions," Gray said.
"I have also looked over a few of their builds to make sure everything

is good before they get their inspections from
the FAA for certification."
Gray has big goals for his future. "I would
like to open an engine shop or run my own
little maintenance shop on a small airport. I
would also like to get my pilots license as well
as my CFI so I could help people find their way
into the industry whichever way they wanted
to get in," Gray said.
Gray is currently not a member of any industry associations but
he has been a member of the EAA in the past.
Mike Everhart, who nominated Gray for this award, is proud of
what Gray has achieved in his career so far. "As a valued member of
our team Patrick is responsible for engine shop overhaul operations
and ADS-B installations. He works closely with senior members of
our maintenance staff during annual inspections, and conducts 100
hour inspections for our busy local FAA 141 Flight School. Patrick
also provides regular and on-call maintenance services for all airline
providers at the Asheville Regional Airport. Patrick is known for his
methodical approach to all maintenance tasks, as well as his warm
and quiet demeanor. His growth has been recognized by colleagues
and customers alike and we are proud of his accomplishments and
contributions to aviation," Everhart said.

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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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