Faculty and Staff

Maintenance


ScottAustin
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-4447
Fax: (269) 964-4514
scott.austin@wmich.edu

Scott Austin

Director of Aircraft Maintenance

Scott graduated from Western Michigan University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Maintenance Engineering Technology. He had an internship in 1995 with United Airlines assisting aircraft maintenance management teams. Then went back to WMU’s aircraft maintenance department and worked for several years as a part-time aircraft technician and was hired full-time in Feb. 1997. During 1999-2003, Scott was the lead aircraft maintenance technician for the college and then on to Chief Inspector and Manager of Logistics and Compliance until Febuary of 2009. Presently, he is Director of Aircraft Maintenance for the College of Aviation and WMU’s Part 145 repair station for limited instruments and radio, FAR part 91.411 and 91.413 recerts. He currently holds an airframe and powerplant license with an Inspectors Authorization (IA). Other courses and schools he has attended would be Teledyne Continental Motors advanced technician training, Flight Safety’s Cessna Conquest I (C-425) maintenance training, Simcom’s Piper aircraft maintenance training and Pratt and Whitney’s small frame PT6 engine maintenance training. Also received certified training with Avidyne, S-Tec and L-3/Skywatch.


AaronCorona
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7318
Fax: (269) 964-9150
aaron.r.corona@wmich.edu

Aaron Corona

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Aaron graduated Western Michigan University in April of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Shortly after his enrollment in 2008 he began working for the university in the transportation services department helping maintain and service over 250 vehicles on campus. During his last semester at WMU he completed an internship in the Department of Aircraft Maintenance. After graduating, Aaron quickly obtained his Airframe and Powerplant Certificates and began working for the College of Aviation as a part time employee. In March of 2013 he was hired as a full time Aviation Maintenance Technician for the University.


JonathanDennis
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7318
Fax: (269) 964-4514
j.dennis@wmich.edu

Jonathan Dennis

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Jonathan graduated Western Michigan University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Flight and in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Beginning in 2000, he worked for the College of Aviation as a Line Service employee and completed a maintenance internship in the aircraft maintenance department. He is a FAA licensed commercial multi-engine pilot and mechanic with a inspection authorization. His experience includes Beechcraft piston and turbine, Cessna piston and turbine, Cirrus, Extra, Fokker, Gulfstream, Hawker, and Piper while working at WMU and at a Beechcraft service center. He has worked as a licensed mechanic at WMU since 2003 and has supervised other mechanics and student employees of the Line Service department. His current position is lead mechanic and repariman/inspector for WMU's Part 145 Repair Station. Additional training he has received includes Flight Safety maintenance course, Avidyne Flight Max, Duncan Aviation's 411/413 certification, L-3 Communications Skywatch, S-Tec Autopilot, and Teledyne Continental Motors fuel system courses.


JustineFoster
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7318
Fax: (269) 964-4514
justine.m.meyers@wmich.edu

Justine Foster

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Justine Foster attended Western Michigan University from 2000 through 2004. She graduated from WMU with a B.S. degree. She majored in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Shortly after graduating, she worked for the College of Aviation's Maintenance department as an intern. In 2005, Justine was hired full time. Currently she holds an A&P license as an aviation maintenance technician.


JohnFranklin
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7318
Fax: (269) 964-4514
jsran20952@aol.com

John Franklin

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Graduated Spartan College of Aviation in 1987 with AS in Aviation Maintenance as well as Pilot certificates including commercial airplane single and multi engine land, CFI, CFII, and MEI. I started at WMU as a flight instructor in August of 2001. As of July 2006 I have been working in Aircraft maintenance for the COA.


PamelaJones
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7063
Fax: (269) 964-9150
pamela.jones@wmich.edu

Pamela Jones

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Pamela Jones graduated from Western with a BS in 2002. She started working at Western that same year as a part time aviation maintenance technician, and was hired into a full time position as an aviation maintenance technician in 2004. Pamela is currently in charge of parts and warranty in the maintenance department and holds an A&P licence.


DavidMumford
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7318
Fax: (269) 964-4514
david.w.mumford@wmich.edu

David Mumford

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Dave graduated in December of 2005 from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology. He also achieved his private pilot license flying C172s in Marshall, Michigan at Brook’s Field in September of 2005. During his Junior & Senior Years at Western Michigan University, he worked for the Line Department and interned in the Aviation Maintenance Department. Soon after graduation, Dave achieved all of his A&P licensing requirements and started working part-time as a Maintenance Tech. In the summer of 2006 Dave was hired as an Airframe Technician at Duncan Aviation, specializing in Lear Jet maintenance. He also worked on the Challenger airframe while at Duncan. Returning to Western Michigan University in July 2009, Dave is now a full-time Aircraft Mechanic.


JeffreyNilsson
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-8852
Fax: (269) 964-4514
jeffrey.nelson@wmich.edu

Jeffrey Nilsson

Chief Aircraft Inspector

Jeff spent 2 yrs in the USN onboard the USS George Washington as an ABH3. He graduated from WMU with BS in Aviation Maintenance/Management in 1997. He interned at WMU from 1995 to 1997 and was hired full time 1997. Jeff was the 1st shift lead mechanic from 2003 to 2009 and is currently the Chief Aircraft Inspector. His current ratings are A and P, IA, PPL Helicopter. He attended Cirrus University, Cirrus Composite School, and Robinson Helicopter Maintenance School with training in Skywatch, Laversab, Continental, Avidyne.


BrianSchmidt
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7318
Fax: (269) 964-4514
brian.schmidt@wmich.edu

Brian Schmidt

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Brian graduated Western Michigan University in 1999 with a bachelors in aviation sciences. He currently holds a commercial multi-engine instrument airplane, CFI and CFII certificates. Brian was hired in 2001 as a flight instructor for the university training students in part 145 Private, Commercial and Instrument courses. In 2005 he was hired full-time into the maintenance department as an aircraft maintenance technician. Brian holds an airframe and powerplants certificate with inspection authorization. Brian has attended courses such as Cirrus University SR-20/SR22 maintenance, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Program in SR-20 / SR-22 and factory Avidyne Flight Max PFD / MFD training. Brian has also received training in S-tec autopilot, L-3 Skywatch and Continental engine fuel systems.


RustyWinston
Office: 1044 AMB
Phone: (269) 964-7318
Fax: (269) 964-4514
rusty.winston@wmich.edu

Rusty Winston

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Rusty earned an associate of art degree at Glenn Oaks Community College and an associate of aircraft maintenance technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He served in the US Air Force as a helicopter crew chief where he was involved in support of government test programs, special operations, and rescue. He crewed primarily on the H-53 but also worked on the C-130 and H-1. Rusty is an A&P/IA in the WMU aircraft maintenance department. While at WMU, he also obtained his instrument, commercial, and multi ratings. He has also worked at other general aviation businesses in the area.


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