FAA's Diamond Award Goes To RAS
The FAA this month named Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) recipient of the agency's highest award for maintenance excellence, the Diamond Award. The recognition was presented to nine RAS service centers. Additionally, some 278 employees earned awards of their own ranging from Bronze to Diamond. The individual awards are based on how many hours of FAA-approved training a technician has received during a calendar year. For example, in order to qualify for an individual Diamond Award, a technician must receive 100 hours of FAA-approved training. Part of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program, the awards highlight the importance of aviation safety and education for professionals working within the industry, and specifically focus on training. Service centers as well as their employees are eligible. To earn a Diamond Award, a facility must have at least 25 percent of its employees earn honors in the FAA’s Maintenance Technician Program. The RAS facilities recognized by the FAA are located in Little Rock, Ark.; Bakersfield and Van Nuys, Calif.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Atlantic City, N.J.; and Houston and San Antonio, Texas. “Last year, we set out with the goal of having each facility earn a Diamond Award. Our employees made it happen,” said Skip Madsen, vice president of operations for Raytheon Aircraft Services.