The German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) has named Frank Hofmann, an apprentice at Aero-Dienst, as the best apprentice aircraft electronics technician in Germany. Hofmann achieved the best final examination results in his sector, out of 165 final-year apprentices in the country.
The DIHK conferred the honor at a celebratory event held in Berlin on December 3. The event was attended by the award winners’ relatives, representatives from their training companies and vocational schools, members of the parliament, and the DIHK’s presidents and general managers. The main speaker of the evening was Frank-Walter Steinmeier, president of the Federal Republic of Germany, who addressed approximately 1,000 guests.
Around 30 aircraft electronics technicians, of whom six are apprentices, are employed in Aero-Dienst’s Avionics Solutions department. The team maintains and repairs avionics systems from a range of manufacturers, for a variety of aircraft types. In addition to system troubleshooting, maintenance and repair, customers are increasingly requesting conversion to and retrofitting of modern avionics systems. In particular, there is a greater demand for ADS-B Out and CPDLC (FANS 1/A, VHF datalink). At the same time, passengers looking for better connectivity are providing Aero-Dienst’s Cabin Connectivity & In-Flight Entertainment team with plenty to do in terms of satcom, Blu-ray and wi-fi internet retrofits.
“We are especially pleased to have gained first place in this Germany-wide comparison of our training competence in the area of avionics,” said Viktor Peters, CEO at Aero-Dienst. “Hearty congratulations to Frank Hofmann, to whom we wish all the best for his future career and continued success.”
At Aero-Dienst, the training of young aircraft electronics technicians and mechanics has played a leading role for many years. The company believes that by giving young professionals a career start, it also secures its own long-term success.
Photo: DIHK/Jens Schicke