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Apr 9, 1999
Frontier Airlines Quality Assurance Inspector Receives FAA Award
DENVER (April 9, 1999) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) today announced Tom Hendershot, who serves as the airline's quality assurance inspector, has been named 1999 General Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year for the Northwest Mountain Region by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Hendershot receives this award for the second consecutive year, a first in the history of the FAA's award program. The award recognizes excellence in the area of quality assurance and selects one recipient from approximately 75,000 licensed mechanics in the seven-state Rocky Mountain Region. Hendershot, 58, holds an airline transport pilot's license and an airframe and power plant with inspection authorization maintenance rating. He has over 45 years of aviation experience and was the recipient of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association's Maintenance Technician of the Year award. In addition, he previously earned three Diamond Certificates of Excellence from the FAA's Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program. Hendershot's current responsibilities for Frontier include quality assurance and maintenance, flight and ground operations audits. Hendershot recently received certified flight instructor recognition from the National Association of Flight Instructors for completing 33 years as a FAA-certified flight instructor.
"Tom is an outstanding member of the Frontier team and his recognition by a prestigious outside agency is further evidence of his excellence," said Frontier President Sam Addoms. "Safety guides every aspect of our business and Tom's attention to detail and diligence in conducting internal safety audits will help us continue a tradition of consistent and reliable safety procedures."
Senior officials from the FAA will present the 1999 General Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year for the Northwest Mountain Region award to Hendershot at Frontier Airline's General Offices on Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m.
Hendershot's aviation experience includes serving as a pilot for Wright Airlines from 1966-1978. He also served as director of maintenance, director of operations and director of compliance with Cleveland-based Corporate Wings; director of maintenance for Colorado Scenic Airways; director of maintenance and director of compliance for Aeronet Airways and chief inspector at Casper Air Service. Hendershot is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Littleton, Colo. with his wife, Nina.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines commenced operations on July 5, 1994. Unlike other airlines, Frontier's low fares do not have a Saturday night stay requirement. In addition, Frontier offers frequent flier mileage points in Continental Airlines' OnePass® program. The airline currently serves 19 cities coast to coast with a fleet of 18 Boeing 737 jets and employs approximately 1,500 travel professionals. Frontier was recently named "Best Domestic Low-Fare Air Carrier" by Entrepreneur magazine in the publication's sixth annual Business Travel Awards. Frontier's Web site may be viewed at http://www.frontierairlines.com .