National General Aviation Award winners named

Recipients of the National General Aviation Awards are Ron Timmermans of Orlando, Florida, 2021 Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year, Michael Dunkley of Coshocton, Ohio, 2021 Aviation Technician of the Year, and Adam Magee of Swisher, Iowa, 2021 FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.

Every year for more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance/avionics, and safety.

The FAA will present individual awards to each man in July during EAA AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and their names will be added to the perpetual plaque in the lobby of the EAA AirVenture Museum. In addition to being recognized at AirVenture and highlighted in the aviation media, the winners also receive gifts provided by sponsors and contributors.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said GA Awards board chairman Sandya Narayanswami.

2021 National CFI of the Year

Ron Timmermans of Orlando, Florida, has been named the 2021 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. Ron received his BA in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1972, and had a more than 40-year professional career as an architect and project manager before devoting himself to aviation on a full-time basis. He has been an independent flight instructor since 1998.

These days, he owns AileRon T, and he flies a Beechcraft Bonanza co-owned with his wife Barbara. who originally inspired him to become a flight instructor.

Ron has logged more than 4,000 hours of dual instruction given, nearly 1,300 of those hours in the past five years. He instructs at locations throughout Florida. Before relocating to Florida, Ron lived in North Texas and performed flight training in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Ron holds a wallet full of FAA airman certificates, including ATP-AMEL, Commercial-ASEL, CFI-IA, MEI-IA, AGI-Instrument, and Remote Pilot. He is a NAFI Master CFI and Master Ground Instructor, a Gold Seal Instructor, and an

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