Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017
WATERFORD, MICH. – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has named Mike Baker, Vice President of Safety & Compliance at Pentastar Aviation, a recipient of the “Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism In Aviation Award.” The award recognizes individual aviation professionals who have demonstrated a continuous history of extraordinary participation in, or in support of, professionalism in business aviation. This is the inaugural year for the award.
Created to honor Dr. Tony Kern, a cofounder of Convergent Performance, distinguished U.S. Air Force veteran and author of five books on human performance, the award recognizes individuals who excel in leadership in the following areas: professional ethics, vocational excellence, continuous improvement, professional image and selflessness. There were 19 recipients in the inaugural class.
Baker is a seasoned aviation professional with decades of hands-on leadership and senior management experience with 14 CFR Part 145/EASA 145 Repair Station Operations and 14 CFR Part 135 On-Demand Air Carrier Operations, utilizing turbine powered corporate aircraft.
“Throughout his 34-year career at Pentastar Aviation, Mike has demonstrated a high level of commitment and leadership, continuously delivering personal and professional excellence, integrity, engagement, and mentoring to the next generation in support of Pentastar’s business objectives,” said Pentastar Aviation President & CEO Greg Schmidt. “We are grateful to have Mike as a pillar in our organization, upholding our tradition of aviation excellence.”
Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC (www.nbaa.org).