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FAA Honors Embry-Riddle Employees as Flight Instructor and Maintenance Technician of the Year

Ken Fukayama and Allen Hedgepeth Win 2012 General Aviation Industry Awards for the State of Arizona and Advance to the Western Pacific Regional Competition

Prescott, Ariz., November 14, 2012

Embry-Riddle Employees Awarded by FAA

Ken Fukayama (left) and Allen Hedgepeth (right) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) trophies for the state of Arizona.

Embry-Riddle employees Ken Fukayama and Allen Hedgepeth have been awarded aviation honors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the state of Arizona.

Fukayama, flight check instructor, has been awarded Flight Instructor of the Year and Hedgepeth, maintenance technician, has been awarded Maintenance Technician of the Year.

The annual awards were presented by Randall Prine, FAA Safety Team program manager of the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“The awards recognize aviation professionals on a local, regional and national level,” said Prine. “These few select individuals exemplify the best in the industry by their contributions to aviation safety, flight instruction, education and professionalism.”

The FSDO selected Fukayama and Hedgepeth from numerous nominees recommended by colleagues and managers at Embry-Riddle and other organizations.

“It’s a privilege to be nominated by my peers for this award,” said Fukayama. “It’s validation that I’m doing the right things and building professional relationships with my students, peers and the community.”

Hedgepeth, who has worked for Embry-Riddle since 1996, stated, “I feel that I could not have achieved this goal without the support and dedication of the maintenance team here at Embry-Riddle. This award is for everyone in the department.”

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