CAN he fix it? There’s a very good chance he can.
Tamworth aircraft maintainer Chad Summers was recently named the nation’s best by Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA).
It’s more of a hobby for me, so it came as a quite a surprise2016 maintainer of the year Chad Summers
Beating out nominees from across the land, the Maintainer of the Year awards aim to give recognition to maintainers “who work hard to keep aircraft in the air”.
Mr Summers was humbled with the announcement.
“It’s more of a hobby for me, so it came as a quite a surprise,” Mr Summers said.
The award-winner runs a small-aircraft engineering business and works as a flying-instructor with the Tamworth Aero Club also offering maintenance to private recreational aircraft owners on the side.
The Tamworth man said his fascination with mechanics began at a very-young age, taking a part toys and repairing toy planes. What started as boyhood-curiosity is set to take Mr Summers halfway around the world.
RAA will fly Mr Summers to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the United States to represent the Australian organisation at the Experimental Aircraft Association annual field day, which he likened to the AgQuip of the skies.