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P L A N E S E N S E

®

I N F O R M AT I O N A L Q U A R T E R LY

TECHNICIAN TRAINING

CROSS SECTION OF

ATLAS EMPLOYEES

JOHN (JAY) BREEN

Jay has been part of the Atlas family

since November of 2000. He began as

an Aircraft Technician and is now an

Inspector. Prior to joining our team,

Jay served active duty with the US Air

Force for 4 years, before committing

to the USAF Air National Guard for

3 years. Jay’s education includes

graduating from East Coast Aero

Tech with his Airframe & Powerplant

license, Pratt & Whitney and Pilatus

training, and Rolls-Royce M250-B17

schooling. Jay lives with his fiancé,

Karen, in Manchester, NH. They enjoy

traveling, sports, and riding his Harley

Davidson.

JOE MILANO

Joe began working at Atlas Aircraft

Center in April of 2002 as an Aircraft

Technician, and is now the Maintenance

Operations Resource Manager. Joe

received his Airframe & Powerplant

license in 1983 after graduating from

East Coast Aero Tech. He has since

completed Pratt & Whitney and Pilatus

training. Before coming to AAC, Joe

worked for Fern’s Flying Service for

3 years, then as a shift supervisor at

Training to become an aircraft

technician is a rigorous process; this is

a position that requires determination

and dedication. For starters, Atlas

Aircraft Center Inc. (AAC) technicians

must have one of the following: (1) 18

months of practical experience with

powerplants or airframes, (2) 30 months

working on both at the same time, or

(3) a certificate from an FAA-Approved

aviation maintenance technician school,

demonstrating successful completion of

2,000 hours of training. The technician

must also pass FAA required written,

oral, and practical tests to demonstrate

their knowledge of general, airframe, and

powerplant concepts. Additionally, AAC,

the Pilatus approved, fleet service

and support center for the

PlaneSense

®

fractional fleet, requires

that newly hired technicians receive

extensive initial training to become

familiar with both AAC and the

PlaneSense

®

program.

Technicians attend factory training

with Pilatus, and engine training

with Pratt & Whitney. AAC trains its

technicians using tours, classroom

lectures, manual familiarization,

self-study, shadowing, and lots of

on-the-job training. To maintain

AAC’s high standards, technicians are

required to complete a minimum of 12

hours of recurrent training every year.

Precision Airlines for 9 years, and also

as an avionics installation manager

with Stead Aviation/Wiggins Airways

for 10 years. Joe and his wife Linda

live in Dunbarton, NH. He enjoys

target shooting, fishing, and ATV riding

with his sons, Joey and Tony, and his

stepson, Jeff.

JON HAMMOND

Jon has worked for Atlas Aircraft

Center since April of 2008 and has

over 21 years of experience in the

aviation maintenance industry. Jon

graduated from East Coast Aero

Tech and was a Navy-Aviation

electrician’s mate. There, he learned

sealed instrument repair and aircraft

corrosion prevention and repair. He,

too, has been trained through Pratt &

Whitney and Pilatus schools. Jon, his

wife Maggie, daughter Ashlyn, and

son Samuel also live in Dunbarton, NH.

In Jon’s spare time he enjoys ATVs,

snowmobiling, welding, and carpentry.

SONIA VIRGUE

Sonia began her career at Atlas

Aircraft Center in June 2007 as a Line

Service Technician. After earning her

Airframe & Powerplant certificate,

Sonia became an Aircraft Technician,

and later went on to assume the

Quality Assurance Auditor position. In

July of 2014 Sonia became

the Director of Training for AAC.

Sonia enjoys spending time with

her husband Mike, son Drew, and

their wide variety of pets, which

includes a basset hound, horse,

pony, and two cats. She has a great

appreciation for nature and the

outdoors, and loves to cook. Sonia

is an avid equestrian, horse trainer,

and photographer.

DON HORVATH

Don started working for Atlas

Aircraft Center in July of 2007 in the

Parts Room. He currently resides in

Nottingham, NH with his wife, Janet,

and three children, Shane, Michaela,

and Evan. An avid enthusiast of short

track stock car racing, Don was an

official flagger from 1987 until 2012,

and worked at tracks from Maine to

Florida.

COREY ST. PIERRE

Corey started with Atlas Aircraft

Center in March 2013 as an Aircraft

Technician, a position in which he

truly excels. Home schooled from

5

th

grade through high school, Corey

then attended the National Aviation

Academy. Corey is from Oxford,

Maine and enjoys hunting, fishing,

hiking, and playing the bagpipes.

Industry Experience:

21 years

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