AVweb founder and now our popular "Savvy Aviator" columnist Mike Busch has been named the FAA's AMT of the Year in the National GA Awards. Other winners included Timothy Daniel "Tim" Adkison of Benton, Kentucky - Avionics Technician of the Year; Max Trescott of Mountain View, California - Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year, and John Anthony Teipen of University City, Missouri - FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. Mike Busch founded AVweb in 1995 after retiring as a software developer, and at the same time he started getting serious about learning how to maintain and fix his own airplane.
In retirement (if that's what you could call it) he earned his A&P and inspection authorization. Busch married his mechanical expertise to his well-developed communications skills, and he's been a popular columnist and lecturer on piston aircraft maintenance ever since. In addition to his work with AVweb, Busch writes for American Bonanza Society Magazine, Cessna Pilots Association Magazine, and Cirrus Pilot. He's also a sought-after speaker at most general aviation gatherings and holds weekend Savvy Aviator seminars all over the U.S.