The German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) has named an Aero-Dienst apprentice, Nicole Klein, as Germany’s best aircraft electronics technician. It is the second time an apprentice from the full-service business aviation and air ambulance service provider has earned the distinction.
Of 216 final-year apprentices from all over Germany, Klein achieved the best final examination results in this sector. Her outstanding performance received special recognition at the ‘celebration of the best’ hosted by the DIHK in Berlin on 15 May.
The award winners’ success was celebrated by their relatives together with representatives from the training companies and vocational schools, with members of parliament as well as with the Chamber presidents and general managers. The main speaker of the evening was the Federal Minister of Labour Hubertus Heil, who addressed approximately 900 guests.
Around 20 aircraft electronics technicians, of whom two are apprentices, are employed in Aero-Dienst’s Avionics Solutions department for the maintenance and repair of the most important avionics systems for a range of manufacturers and aircraft types.
In addition to system troubleshooting, maintenance and repair, customers are increasingly requesting conversion to and retrofitting of modern avionics systems. Available modifications in the cockpit include ADS-B Out and CPDLC (FANS 1/A, VHF data link). At the same time, Aero-Dienst says passengers looking for better connectivity are providing its Cabin Connectivity & In-Flight Entertainment team with plenty to do in the context of retrofits for satcom, Blu-ray and wi-fi internet.
“Hearty congratulations to Nicole Klein,” said André Ebach, managing director at Aero-Dienst. “We wish her all the best and continued success and joy in her profession. We are very proud of the outstanding achievements Ms Klein has made during her apprenticeship.”
Aero-Dienst said around 15 young people a year undergo training with the company to become aircraft electronics technicians or aircraft mechanics, with graduates regularly being named Germany’s best. “For us, apprenticeships, especially in the technical professions, play a leading role in our corporate policy,” said Ebach. “By giving young professionals a career start, we also secure our long-term success in the maintenance and repair of business and air ambulance jets.”