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Washington state CFI is national flight instructor of the year

Michael Everhart of Charlotte, North Carolina, was named 2022 National Aviation Technician of the Year, and Laura Hermann of St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, was named 2022 FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.

The General Aviation Awards program recognizes aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and flight safety for their contributions to the GA community. National winners are recognized during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Hoover is a professor in the aviation department at Central Washington University, where she serves as a flight check instructor and assistant chief ground instructor. She has given more than 3,000 hours of instruction time and more than 15,000 hours of ground instruction and “specializes in tailwheel and mountain flying instruction.” She spends her summers in central Idaho, where she teaches backcountry flying.

Everhart began his aviation maintenance career in 1981. He is ”part of the team at Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems where he performs maintenance on the Beechcraft [King Air].”

Hermann has been a FAASTeam representative since 2014. An instrument-rated private pilot, she volunteers with Pilots N Paws and has held weekly Saturday morning safety seminars and webinars for nearly eight years. She also presents a monthly safety series to the Minnesota and Wisconsin FAASTeams.

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