PATS is golden for third year in a row

FAA honors Georgetown company for training excellence
At the FAA Diamond Award ceremony are (l-r) John Martin, PATS CEO and president: Daryl Fortner, FAA inspector; John Micek, PATS lead trainer; Cliff Todd, PATS director of quality control; and Timothy Griffin, FAA inspector. PATS director of quality control Cliff Todd; PATS lead trainer John Micek; and FAA inspector Timothy Griffin. BY RON MACARTHUR
May 8, 2013

In recognition of the company's commitment to aviation safety through maintenance technician training, PATS Aircraft Systems has received the Diamond Award of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration for the third consecutive year.

PATS CEO John Martin said the award requires 100 percent participation from all eligible employees and reflects the individual and collective commitment to excellence in training. Each employee enrolled in the FAA's maintenance technician program was required to complete established levels of recurring and new training.

“We are one of very few completion centers in the United States that achieve this award,” Martin said.

The award was presented during an employee luncheon held in one of PATS' hangars. Martin also talked about the company's involvement in the community and thanked those who participated in fund drives. The company donated the most money of any business in the county during the annual Toys for Tots campaign and also lead the way in a Delaware Food Bank Drive. Martin said PATS' employees are now supporting Sussex Habitat for Humanity by purchasing raffle tickets for prizes and volunteering in an upcoming veteran's build in Georgetown.

PATS, located in the Sussex County Airpark in Georgetown, is a Boeing authorized service center providing aircraft interior completions, maintenance, modifications and auxiliary fuel tank installations. Go to for more information.