The winners of the
HAI’s 2003 Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship awards
were announced just prior to HELI-EXPO 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Congratulations to the following individuals: Emanuel Perez, Ryan
Libech, Rina Slade, Kirk Beres, and Scott Jones.
In first place was Emanuel Perez who chose Agusta. Perez, of
Calistoga, California, has experience with Sparrow Aviation in
Redding California, as well as with REACH Air Ambulance of Santa
Rosa, California. He received his A&P in May 2000 after
graduating from Shasta College with a 3.95 GPA.
In second place was Ryan Libech who selected Bell Helicopter.
Libech, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has one and a half years
experience with STARS Aviation Canada Inc., where he gained
experience on BK-117 helicopters. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA from
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
From left to right: Bill Sanderson and Darlene Piscitello of HAI;
Emanuel Perez, first place winner; Ryan Libech, second place
winner; and Bob Pierce, Chairman of the Technical Committee. Photo
Courtesy of Lagniappe Studio.
In third place was Rina Slade who chose Southern Illinois
University. Slade, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, is a sergeant with
the Miami Dade Police Department, and supervises four maintenance
technicians and four police pilots. She expects to finish the
aviation maintenance curriculum at Broward Community College in
In fourth place was Kirk Beres who selected MD Helicopters.
Beres, of Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania, is on the Dean’s List
of the Pennsylvania College of Technology and served as an aviation
maintenance intern with Bristol Myers Squibb Flight Department in
White Plains, New York, where he gained experience on S-76
helicopters and Gulfstream V aircraft. He received his A&P in
May of 2002.
In fifth place was Scott Jones who chose Eurocopter. Jones, of
Leavenworth, Kansas, graduated in October 2003 from the Aviation
Institute of Maintenance in Kansas City, Missouri with a 4.0 GPA.
He has completed his written exams for the FAA Powerplant and FAA
Airframe certificate, and has worked on Bell, Enstrom, and