AVweb founder Mike Busch, who now pens the popular Savvy Aviator column on aircraft maintenance, has been picked as the FAA Western-Pacific Region's nominee for AMT Of The Year. Busch was chosen over five other nominees on the West Coast and will now go up against AMTs from the rest of the country for the national award, which is presented annually at EAA AirVenture by the FAA administrator. Busch, who's had his ticket since 2001, is humbled by the recognition, saying there are far more experienced candidates likely to be in the running. "I suspect it's unprecedented for the award to go to someone with such a short history as a certificated mechanic, and was quite surprised to hear that I was the Western-Pacific Region choice," he told AVweb. However, we suspect few mechanics have made as much use of their training in spreading the word about responsible aircraft care as Mike has. In addition to his column, he holds regular seminars across the country and at AirVenture where he counsels pilots on all aspects of maintenance-related safety issues. Good luck, Mike!