Enshrined November 14, 2009
Jennifer Cairns Baker of Nashville has been a tireless advocate for the aviation maintenance technician for over 30 years. She has unselfishly contributed to the betterment of the profession and to those who have, like her, dedicated themselves and their life’s work to aviation safety. Baker’s aviation career began in 1978 when she was hired as an instructor by a small aviation school in Nashville. She soon became a partner with the school’s owner and traveled extensively for 16 years teaching airframe, powerplant and inspection authorization courses.
In 1994 she bought out her partner and renamed the school the Baker’s School of Aeronautics. The Baker’s School of Aeronautics in Nashville contributes in a meaningful way to Tennessee’s aviation economy and enrolls over 1,100 students each year many of whom travel from more than 125 countries around the world to take courses in Airframe and Powerplant Technology and Aircraft Inspection Authorization. The school also offers courses for Private, Commercial and Instrument Pilot written examinations.
Jennifer Baker serves as Secretary of the Federal Aviation Administration’s National AMT Awards Committee. She is a member of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Technology Center and has served as the “anchor” of Tennessee’s 43-year old Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Conference Steering Committee for many years. Mrs. Baker was chosen as the FAA’s Tennessee Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year in 1999 and continues to serve as an FAA FAASTeam (Safety) Representative in the Nashville area.
Jennifer Baker played an instrumental advocacy role in 2003 that resulted in the Tennessee General Assembly passing legislation declaring May 24th of each year as “Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.” Since that time, she has held a picnic on that day honoring Tennessee’s Aviation Maintenance professionals.
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