It’s a pleasure to witness employees, colleagues and board members realize their aspirations. Congratulations to Mike Young, a Visitor Services employee and Chief Marshal who, upon completion of his FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate in August was offered full-time employment by Horizon Airlines. I remember when we inquired of the Everett Community College A&P faculty, “Do you have a distinguished student who might enjoy part-time employment at HFF?”, the answer from several was “Mike Young.” Congratulations also go to Mike Lambert, formerly Chief Pilot of Kenmore Air Harbor and a volunteer B-25 Mitchell pilot at HFF. This Mike has accepted the opportunity to become a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines. His sterling qualities will serve him well as he suffers the hardships of regular visits to the 50th state. Finally, for now, congratulations also to a member of our board and most generous volunteer, Bill Ashworth, on his appointment as President of Aviation Partners Boeing. “APB” designs and manufactures winglets to enhance the performance of many models of commercial and private aircraft. Bill formerly served as President of Aviation Technical Services and Manager of the FAA’s Seattle Office of Aircraft Certification.
These three talented individuals enrich our organization and hope to continue to do so, after a winter of training and transition. Young and Ashworth will have their hands full. A text will arrive from Lambert with the weather report for Waikiki just as we’re loading up the Mitchell for a December training flight. He will ask how the anti-icing strategies are playing out. Pilots are like that.
We’re proud of you.