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Expert in Avionics

Expert ID: 735090 Maryland, USA

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The F.A.A. has a mixed fleet of aircraft that is used to inspect navigation aids in the air; some of these are: VOR, Localizer, Glideslope, Marker Beacon, and GPS-WAAS. Each of these Flight Inspection aircraft have most of the passengers seats removed, and racks of electronic gear are installed where they were. Air Traffic Control refers to these aircraft as "Flight Check" when they are performing their mission.

Although the back end electronics were highly specialized they were integrated to the front end so the Pilots could use them when required.

Each aircraft has a normal crew of three, two Pilots up front, and a Mission Specialist in the back, who interprets the received signals in the air, determining if the radiated navigation signals are in or out of tolerance. The Mission Specialist is in communication by VHF radio with the technician on the ground who is responsible for any ground based navigation aids.

Expert was an F.A.A. Avionics Technician who not only troubleshot and repaired the avionics used by the pilots, he also troubleshot, repaired, and then calibrated the electronics used by the Mission Specialist flying in the back of the aircraft. A graph of all recorded signals is kept on file, in case a Mission Specialist must testify in court.

To perform his job, he had to be able to read the graph recordings of the received signals, to diagnose problems with the electronic gear in the back end.

• Avionics Technician with experience in private and public sectors (25+ years FAA experience)
• Excellent at troubleshooting avionics issues
• 3+ years airplane battery maintenance experience
• Excels at teaching, mentoring, and documentation
• Handled HR functions as a Lead Avionics Technician managing a team of six people
• U.S. Military Veteran – Air Force Reserves


He knows avionics - both the transmitting and receiving equipment. That includes avionics systems in small aircraft, business aircraft (turboprops and jets) and air carriers. He keeps up on the advances in electronics, as well as the changing regulations, such as the mandate in 2024 for FANS-3 equipment.

He is able to question technicians who maintain ground transmitting equipment on their qualifications, current training, and systems they have been certified on. Also able to view facility maintenance records for proper calibrations, and service intervals.

He can view and interpret raw files on navigation signals obtained and kept for the F.A.A. on every navigation method used by avionics.

He taught avionics installations, as well as performing them. Knows what equipment is required for most installations, wheter they need calibration or not. Familiar with 14 CFR Part 43, 65, 121, 125, 135, and 145; that includes training requirements for technicians, as well as being listed on various rosters as specified in General Maintenance Manuals, Repair Station Manuals, Quality Control Manuals.

He is also familiar with Pilot Reports (piReps), and other aspects of aviation that relate to avionics.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Wilmington, Delaware - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Alexandria, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2001 Degree: MCSE Subject: IT Institution: Kellogg Community College
Year: 1975 Degree: none Subject: LS&A Institution: University of Michigan

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Engineering Technician Department: Responsibilities: Data Center
 Troubleshoot: power distribution problems and communication malfunctions
 First responder for utility power outage, fire safety, router and ethernet switches breakdown
 Test industrial generators, dual-conversion UPS systems, and automatic transfer systems
 Investigate building automation alarms, and mitigate their cause
 Perform periodic maintenance on evaporative cooling towers, including Legionella alleviation
 Wrote an “Engineering Technician Knowledge Guide” for the position
 Ability to read all schematic diagrams for communications and power
 Interpret blueprint for data center and remedy cooling problems
 Grant access to building premises, monitor vendor activities
Years: 2018 to 2018 Employer: Signature Air/TechnicAir MRO Title: Avionics Technician Department: Avionics Responsibilities: As the only Avionics Technician, he is responsible for all avionics discrepancies.

He was unpleasantly surprised when he walked into an avionics Shop that had been closed for months, one in which was lacking test equipment, as well as keeping useless items.

He ordered the missing equipment, as well as reorganizing the Avionics Shop into a functioning unit.

The company performs maintenance on piston aircraft. Two flight schools have their aircraft maintained by this company.

Any owner who flies into the airport, with any problem who is willing to pay the standard rate is welcome.

A huge variety, along with a wide age range of avionics is encountered.
Years: 2018 to 2019 Employer: JPG for Northrop Grumman Title: Harness Technician Department: Responsibilities:  Built wiring harnesses for satellites
 Performed both the pre-wire of the satellite harnesses on the bench, and the post-wire of them on the mockups
 Familiar with the procedures for satellite harness handling
Years: 2017 to 2018 Employer: HQAero for Airborne/Pemco MRO Title: Avionics Technician Department: Avionics Responsibilities: He was one of a group of over 30 Avionics Technicians at Pemco.

Initially he worked on Airbus A319, A320, and A321 airliners, performing scheduled inspections using Task Cards, but also troubleshot and repaired avionics systems as situations dictated.
Years: 2015 to 2017 Employer: Textron Aviation Title: Avionics Technician Department: Avionics Responsibilities: As part of a team, he troubleshoot and repaired all avionics systems on the Hawker aircraft, Beechcraft aircraft (turboprop &jet) as well as many Cessna aircraft.

After six months, he was the only Avionics Technician on the second shift 3 days a week, so any and all avionic system malfunctions were dealt with as appropriate; from Garmin 3000 glass cockpits in a Cessna Mustang, to old steam gages in a Cessna 172.





Years: 2015 to 2015 Employer: STS for Kalitta Air Title: Avionics Technician Department: Avionics Responsibilities: After being retired for 3 years, Kalitta was the only aircraft MRO willing to hire him.

Worked on air carrier avionics. (The back end of the FAA Flight inspection Aircraft had nothing but air carrier avionics equipment, so he knew the different product lines encountered.)

Worked on every Boeing model made, except for the 787.

Performed incoming and outgoing inspection task cards. Performed troubleshooting to LRU (Line Replaceable Units) for not just avionics systems, but any system that was electronically controlled; such as fuel, air conditioning, etc.

Years: 2011 to 2015 Employer: retired Title: retired Department: retired Responsibilities: Retired from the F.A.A on Dec. 31, 2011.
Years: 2005 to 2011 Employer: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Lead Avionics Technician Department: Responsibilities: • Managed up to 6 Avionics Technicians, assigned Avionics tasks, coordinated shift schedules including approving or rejecting requests for leave
• Troubleshot and repaired avionics systems (such as COM/NAV, RADAR, etc.)
• Modified airplanes per engineering orders and per service bulletins, performed “A” and “B” Checks
• Worked on the following types of aircraft: Beech King Air 90 & 300, Lear Jet 60
• Familiar with part 135/145 FAA regulations
• Calibrated test equipment and aircraft (Transponder, NAV radios, COMM radios, DME’s, etc.)
• Troubleshoot Cat 5 cabling in aircraft
• Installed web based security camera inside building, so every person could monitor our front gate and buzz expected visitors through
• Single point of contact for Flight Standard District Office (FSDO) Inspector, answered any avionics inquiries and pulled appropriate records for compliance checks
• Performed human resource activities such as participating in hiring panels, giving input on job appraisals, etc.
• Created a job proposal for training, which was a $100,000 project for training technicians such as A&P Mechanics, Quality Control, and other Avionics Technicians on previous generation equipment that was still installed in our older aircraft
• Trained A&P Mechanics to be qualified Avionics Technicians
• Held Radio Repairman Certificate
• Collateral duty – Quality Control Inspector for Avionics Shop for 6 years
Years: 1992 to 2005 Employer: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Avionics Technician Department: Responsibilities: • Held Radio Repairman Certificate for over 13 years
• Familiar with part 135/145 FAA regulations
• Worked on the following types of aircraft: Beech King Air 90 & 300, Lear Jet 60
• Calibrated test equipment and aircraft (Transponder, NAV radios, COMM radios, DME’s, etc.)
• Troubleshot Cat 5 cabling in aircraft
• Able to read aircraft diagrams and schematics
• Split time between flight line and bench maintenance (50% / 50%)
• Familiar with General Maintenance Manuals, Aircraft Manuals, and Component Maintenance Manuals
• Computer experience: proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, & PowerPoint
• Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification completed for Windows 2000
• Wrote a book on Battery Basics in 2004, to pass along knowledge learned
Years: 1989 to 1992 Employer: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Avionics Instructor Department: Responsibilities: • Taught the following courses: Basic Electronics, Avionics Autopilot, Avionics GPS, Flight Management Systems, & Aircraft Alterations which was a course that taught FAA Airworthiness Inspectors about avionics systems that were modified (Form 337) and how to perform en-route inspections
• Taught FAA A&P Airworthiness Inspectors about avionics
• Built an entire instrument repair station, which was used as a laboratory by other FAA Airworthiness Safety Instructors in the courses they taught as well
• Composed training manuals, Repair Station Manual, and Quality Control Manual (for above laboratory)
• Filled in for other instructors on various courses
• Took FAA Compliance and Enforcement course, then incorporated the learning from it into the curriculum of other courses I taught
• Developed course material (handouts and PowerPoints) and lesson plans on new avionics systems such as Honeywell Laser Ring Gyro (INS) and Flight Management Systems
Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Avionics Technician Department: Responsibilities: • Held Radio Repairman Certificate for over 3 years
• Familiar with part 135/145 FAA regulations
• Worked on the following types of aircraft: Sabre 80
• Calibrated test equipment and aircraft (Transponder, NAV radios, COMM radios, DME’s, etc.)
• Worked all avionics LRU’s removed from aircraft on bench
• During 3 years of this time period, also worked in the Battery Shop, part time
• Overhauled NiCad main Batteries
• Performed annual maintenance on standby batteries
• Performed routine maintenance on Lead-Acid batteries
• Familiar with General Maintenance Manuals, Aircraft Manuals, and Component Maintenance Manuals

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1981 to 1985 Agency: USA / D.O.D. Role: Avionics Technician Description: He performed depot level bench maintenance on C5 avionics equipment
Years: 1985 to 1989 Agency: USA / F.A.A. Role: Avionics Technician Description: He performed flight line and bench level maintenance on avionics equipment on Sabre 80 aircraft.
Years: 1989 to 1992 Agency: USA / F.A.A. Role: Avionics Instructor Description: He was an Avionics Instructor at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the central training facility for the whole F.A.A.
Years: 1992 to 2005 Agency: USA / F.A.A. Role: Avionics Technician Description: He performed flight line maintenance on Beech 300 and Lear 60 aircraft.
Years: 2005 to 2011 Agency: USA / F.A.A. Role: Lead Avionics Technician Description: He led two avionics shifts, with up to six Avionics Technicians under him, as well as performing normal flight line maintenance and other duties as assigned.
Years: 2015 to 2015 Agency: USA / Kalitta Air Role: Avionics Technician Description: He performed flight line maintenance on Boieng commercial airliners as well as other large aircraft
Years: 2015 to 2017 Agency: USA / Textron Role: Avionics Technician Description: He was only Avionics Technician on 2nd shift, handeled all avionics work on business aircraft
Years: 2017 to 2018 Agency: USA / Airborne - Pemco Role: Avionics Technician Description: He performed heavy checks and flight line maintenance on Airbus 319, A320, A321, along with 757 nad 767 aircraft
Years: 2018 to 2018 Agency: USA / Signature Air - TechnicAir Role: Avionics Technician Description: He performs flight line maintenance on piston aircraft

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1976 to 1982 Country / Region: Central America Summary: U.S.A.F. Avionics Technician

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Elected as National Treasurer for the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO, two year term from 1987 to 1988.
Licenses / Certifications
Repairman's Certificate from 1986 to 1989.
Repairman's Certificate from 1992 to 2011.
Professional Appointments
EDUCATION:
• Over 2050 hrs. of Avionics classroom training (Air Force Reserve, FAA, etc.) received
• Multiple Factory schools for autopilot, radar, EFIS, GPWS, etc.
• Kellogg Community College - 32 semester hours complete (MCSE 2000 Certificate)
• University of Michigan - 22 semester hours complete (general business courses)
Awards / Recognition
Sustained Superior Performance Award, cash award of $1,200, given while I was a bench Avionics Technician, at the D.O.D.
Superior Performance Award, cash award of $1,500, given to me for being the best FAA Avionics Instructor in the Avionics unit.
Superior Performance Award, cash award of $1,600, given to me for being the best FAA Avionics Instructor in the Avionics unit.
Medical / Professional
2010, designed and built avionics mockup, for F.A.A. flight inspection equipment.
Publications and Patents Summary
He wrote a book on aircraft NiCad Battery maintenance in 2004.
He wrote an extensive paper on ADS-B, in 2017.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
As an Instructor, developed own course material on avionics systems.

Put on avionics seminars at other F.A.A. repair stations, teaching A&P basic avionics.

When on Temporary Duty as an F.A.A. Airworthiness Instructor, participated in pilot seminar on latest avionics.
Marketing Experience
He was an outside salesman for electronic audio diagnostic equipment that was sold to doctors and audiologists. Developed marketing plans and put together a booth for various trade shows.
Other Relevant Experience
MILITARY EXPERIENCE:
Air Force Reserve - Mount Clemens, MI and San Antonio, TX (1976-1982)
• Tech Sergeant (TSGT), E-6, COM/NAV Avionics Technician
• Work experience on C130’s, 630 hours of military classroom avionics training
• Spent over 1.5 years on active duty

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Fluent

Fields of Expertise

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