SAFE member Thomas E. Hendershot of Littleton, Colorado, was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Historical Society’s Hall of Fame on October 23, 2010.
An independent FAA certificated flight instructor and ground instructor from the Denver area, Hendershot has given more than 6,200 hours of instruction and amassed more than 23,000 total flight hours. He is also an Airframe & Powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization (A&P/IA). A highly skilled aviation educator, Hendershot held a Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI) designation from 2003 to 2007. His other accomplishments include:
- Being one of only a handful of individuals worldwide to receive both the FAA’s Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic award and the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot award
- Being named 2003 National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year and serving on the General Aviation Awards selection committee for the annual National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year
- Having been an Aviation Safety Counselor for decades and now serving as an FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) lead representative for both the operations and airworthiness safety programs in the Denver area.
- Currently acting as executive director of the AMT Society as well as serving as a long-time member of the board of directors of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).
- Serving as a consultant on the AMT’s Model Code of Conduct.