NBAA Selects Two Students to Receive Maintenance Scholarships

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, November 20, 2000 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has selected two students who are pursuing careers as maintenance technicians to receive the 2000 NBAA William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. Barrie G. Roesler and Roy James Abbott each will receive $2,500.

Roy J. Abbott currently is enrolled in an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Program at Tennessee Technology Center located in Nashville, TN, where he maintains the top grade point average of his class. After receiving his A&P license, Abbott hopes to acquire avionics training and an Inspector Authorization rating. Abbott is enthusiastic about a future career as an aircraft maintenance technician, a career shared by another member of his family.

In August 2000, Barrie G. Roesler enrolled in the A&P Program at Westwood College of Aviation Technology, located in Broomfield, CO. He plans to graduate in February 2002 and work in the aviation industry as an A&P-licensed maintenance technician. He also desires to obtain an Inspector Authorization rating and ultimately to earn a doctorate. Roesler transitioned into the aviation field from the U.S Army, where he served for three years in the XVIII Airborne Corps Transportation Company as a heavy-wheeled vehicle mechanic, and where he was recognized with “Mechanic of the Month” awards.

NBAA annually awards two $2,500 scholarship to applicants who are pursuing careers as maintenance technicians. One award benefits a student who is currently enrolled in an accredited A&P program at an approved Part 147 school. The second award benefits an individual who is not enrolled but has been accepted for enrollment in an approved A&P program at the time of application.

This scholarship was named in honor of retired NBAA Staff member William M. Fanning, who was active in maintenance issues during his nearly 20-year tenure at the Association.

For more information about NBAA Scholarships, visit

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,200 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.