A4A Recognizes Engineering, Maintenance and Materiel Council Nuts and Bolts Award Recipients

American Airlines Vice President Dec Lee, and Boeing Vice President Larry Slate Recognized for Outstanding Service and Achievements at MRO Americas

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today presented Dec Lee, American Airlines’ vice president of engineering, quality and training, and Larry Slate, vice president of customer support, Americas at Boeing Commercial Aviation Services with its 2017 Engineering, Maintenance, and Materiel Council (EMMC) Nuts and Bolts Award. The two experts were honored during Aviation Week’s annual MRO Americas Conference, being held in Orlando, Fla.

The Nuts and Bolts Award, first established in 1967, recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding service and achievements in the engineering or maintenance fields within the commercial aviation industry.

Recently, Lee was in technical operations for American Airlines, overseeing engineering, quality control (inspection), quality assurance, technical training, Continuous Analysis Surveillance System (CASS), reliability and fleet management areas of aircraft maintenance. He has been a long-time member of the A4A EMMC with a special interest in safety and risk assessment. Lee was also instrumental in the successful implementation of the American-US Airways merger and previously held critical positions at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines. Lee began his career with the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force.

Slate is responsible for managing customer support for Boeing fleets throughout the Americas, including the North, South and Central regions, leading comprehensive lifecycle engineering and maintenance fleet management solutions for Boeing Commercial Airplanes; he previously led introduction-to-service activities for the B787 program at Boeing. Slate’s career at Boeing builds on 22 years in the engineering and maintenance division of United Airlines, including the worldwide introduction-to-service of the B777 in 1995.


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