AIM-Virginia Beach’s David Karnuth was recently named one of AMT magazine’s NextGen 40 under 40 Aircraft Maintenance Professionals. The inaugural 2015 AMT Next Gen Awards showcase individuals in the industry that are going above and beyond their job descriptions and for their own accomplishments in what they bring to their companies and the industry. The Next Gen winners represent the total maintenance arena as they represent airline, general aviation, corporate aviation, military, MROs, rotorcraft, and education segments of the industry.
Karnuth began his aviation maintenance career at AIM-Virginia Beach, where he earned his A&P mechanics certification. Karnuth was mentored by Nancy Jones during his time attending AIM-Virginia Beach, who was named the 2015 Aviation Technician Education Council’s (ATEC) Teacher of the Year. Afterwards, he went on to do heavy maintenance checks and modifications on many large aircraft including the B737, B747, B767, DC10, A310, A320, A330, and C130.
In 2012, he returned to AIM-Virginia Beach as an AMT instructor, teaching both airframe and powerplant classes and preparing students for their A&P certification.
Brad Groom, Director of Education for AIM-Virginia Beach, says, “David’s career has been earmarked by continuously increasing and expanding his knowledge and experiences in the aviation maintenance environment.”
Karnuth says his passion for giving back to the aviation industry is through training and educating new mechanics, while keeping them informed and up-to-date on new and current industry standards, while also emphasizing the importance of safety.
As for his ultimate career goal, Karnuth says, “As of now, I plan on remaining an instructor at the school because I get a real satisfaction of seeing new A&Ps enter this field.”
For a full listing of the winners, please visit the AMT website.