Aviation Week Network and Airlines for America (A4A) honored four aviation industry leaders for their career accomplishments at a joint awards ceremony at Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas Conference & Exhibition today.
Aviation Week Network honored David Storch, AAR Corp. chairman and CEO, for his vision and leadership at the company. Storch, only the second CEO since the company’s creation in 1955, has led AAR in the expansion of its commercial and military aviation services and support business, which now generates about $2 billion in annual revenues. Under his leadership, the company has developed a diverse global base of commercial and government customers through its offerings in MRO, parts, integrated services, airlift and mobility services. AAR also was twice named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Forbes magazine since he was CEO.
In addition, Aviation Week honored former FAA administrator Michael Huerta with the Lifetime Achievement, Commercial award for his contributions in making the air transport system safer. He served the FAA as acting administrator and administrator for nearly 7 years—during a critical time in aviation—as drones and new technologies, including the NextGen ATC system, entered the industry—and as a generational workforce change started. He helped position the FAA to think about “how decisions could affect the industry for the next 50 years," he said as administrator. Huerta emphasized building partnerships with stakeholders—including new ones, such as drone users and technology companies. Before serving as FAA administrator, he prepared the transportation outlets for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and held senior positions at the U.S. Transportation Department.
A4A presented its 52nd annual Nuts & Bolts awards in two categories: airline and non-airline. David Marcontell, general manager of Cavok, a division of consultancy Oliver Wyman, received the award for airline support. In describing Marcontell, the association cited him as “an airline industry visionary, advisor and business partner whose technical contributions and commercial acumen fundamentally support all facets of MRO industry success, enhancing safe and reliable operations for maintenance providers and operators.”
The association also honored Kirk Thornburg, Spirit Airlines’ VP for technical operations, for “an extensive career in airline engineering and maintenance, rising from OEM systems engineering to leading technical operations for airline category leaders in worldwide operations as well as safe, efficient low-cost airlines.”