Airlines for America Congratulates 2016 EMMC Nuts and Bolts Award Recipients

United Airlines Managing Director Mike Arata, CAVOK VP Steve Douglas, and FAA’s Dionne Palermo Recognized for Outstanding Service and Achievements at MRO Americas

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today presented the A4A Engineering, Maintenance, and Materiel Council (EMMC) 50th Nuts and Bolts Awards at the annual MRO Americas conference held in Dallas to three aviation industry experts: Mike Arata, Managing Director of Project Engineering at United Airlines; Steve Douglas, Vice President of Maintenance at CAVOK (and formerly manager of FAA AFS-300); and Dionne Palermo, Transport Directorate AFS Liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Nuts and Bolts Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding service and achievements in the engineering or maintenance fields within the commercial aviation industry.

Arata recently completed a two-year term as Chair of A4A’s Engineering, Maintenance and Materiel Council. He has led numerous aircraft and system innovations and improvements, which have played a key role in bolstering airline industry efficiency and safety. Specifically as leader of EMMC, he recently led a successful initiative with the FAA and Boeing to streamline the Airworthiness Directive (AD) compliance process, improving reliability and shortening aircraft out-of-service times.

Douglas, recently retired from the FAA where he coordinated FAA rulemaking, the rulemaking process, exemptions and deviations, while frequently serving as the senior FAA representative at national, international, intergovernmental and government-industry meetings. Over a 38-year career, starting with the US Air Force, and the private sector with Hawaii Air Ambulance before the FAA, Douglas became one of the most respected individuals in aviation maintenance.

Palermo plays a pivotal role at the FAA in Seattle, interfacing between directorate offices to support joint rulemaking and policy development and implementation activities, improve interactions and enhance relationships with industry. Most recently, Palermo coordinated the FAA side of the AD process improvement.

Each year since 1967, the A4A EMMC has presented the Nuts and Bolts Award to individuals who have made significant contributions over an extended period of time as airline employees or individuals from other segments of the industry.


Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.

A4A advocates on behalf of the leading U.S. airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.

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