The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Horizon Air its seventh consecutive Diamond Certificate of Excellence.This award recognizes the airline for achieving a high participation rate by its maintenance personnel in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program.
Established in 1991, the program honors aviation maintenance personnel and employers who participate in training opportunities that exceed FAA regulatory requirements. This award, the highest award in the FAA’s program, is given to airlines that have at least 25 percent of their employees take part in initial and recurrent training.
“Our maintenance employees are dedicated to continually improving their technical expertise in order to sustain and strengthen our company’s excellent safety and reliability record,” said Celia Sherbeck, Horizon’s vice president of maintenance and engineering.
In all, the FAA will honor 348 Horizon aircraft maintenance personnel for a total of more than 20,000 hours of training.
“Horizon is doing a fantastic job of remaining committed to the maintenance team’s continuing education, which keeps the focus on safety. It is this dedication by each individual that makes Horizon one of the safest airlines in the skies,” said Ernie Keener, FAA safety inspector for the Portland flight standards district office.