On Feb. 9, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Million Air Dallas the prestigious Certificate of Excellence “Diamond Award” for a Part 135 charter operator. Gene Lawson, airworthiness supervisor, and Craig Sutila, principal operations inspector, Dallas Flight Standards District Office, presented the award to Jack Hopkins, president of Million Air Dallas, at the fixed base operation.
The FAA implemented the award program to recognize and honor employers and technicians who take the initiative to commit to aircraft maintenance training and safety excellence in the areas of initial and recurrent training. The FAA awards range from bronze to diamond, with diamond being the highest rating. In order to receive this level of honor, 50 percent employee participation in maintenance training must occur within one calendar year. Million Air Dallas had 100 percent participation by its maintenance staff.
In addition, seven maintenance technicians received the Maintenance Technician Award from the FAA for excellence achieved in maintenance training. The FAA recognized Charles Martin (gold), Bryan Boen (silver), Ronald MacAskill (silver), Carlos Don? (bronze), Bill Enchkausen (bronze), Steven Grandell (ruby) and Blake Tucker (ruby).
“Often, the spotlight is focused mainly on employees who are in high-profile positions,” said Hopkins. “It’s great to see this incredible group of individuals recognized for their dedication to excellence in aviation and their commitment to increase their knowledge base through recurrent training. I’m extremely proud that the FAA has chosen to recognize their efforts and that every member of our maintenance department received an award.”
Addison Mayor Joe Chow attended the award ceremony and gave a brief speech to congratulate Million Air Dallas.
“I can’t tell you how much we value having Million Air as a fixed based operator on our airport,” he said. “Their commitment to providing a quality product and excellent services are well known in the aviation business. Receiving this award demonstrates Million Air’s desire and commitment to provide the safest environment possible for their employees and the people they serve.”
Million Air Dallas is rated platinum by Aviation Research Group/US and is a member of the Wyvern Wingman program.
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