McNamee Recognized for Aviation Maintenance Program at UACCB

Ms. Kathleen McNamee, Division Chair of Community and Technical Education at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, received recognition Thursday, September 8 from the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam) for her contribution and continued support of aviation safety through the aviation maintenance program at UACCB. 


Kathleen McNamee and Mike Wilson

Kathleen McNamee and Mike Wilson

Presenting the plaque was Mr. Mike Wilson, southwest region FAASTeam program manager from the FAA Flight Standards District Office.  Wilson was joined by UACCB aviation maintenance instructor Mike Kratchmer for the presentation of the award which took place at the Batesville Municipal Airport hangar that houses the Doyle “Rog” Rogers, Jr. Aviation Maintenance Technology Program.  

The aviation maintenance technology program was created to prepare students for a career in the maintenance and repair of various aircraft.  The program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to pass the Federal Aviation Administration written, oral and practical exams for an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics license. 

“The FAA certification rate for UACCB graduates is as good as any school in the country,” said Wilson.  “We appreciate Kathleen’s dedication.  She was a big supporter of our mission of safety even when UACCB was just beginning the certification process.” 

Three of UACCB’s aviation maintenance instructors, Stephen Paull, Jim Patrick and Lyle Lane, along with former UACCB aviation student Samantha Fowler, are FAASTteam representatives.  They volunteer their time working closely with FAASTeam program managers to actively promote safety in aviation.  They receive training and are supported with equipment and materials. 

To learn more about how to become a certified aviation maintenance technician, call UACCB at (870) 612-2149.