Airlines for America Congratulates 2019 EMMC Nuts and Bolts Award Recipients

UPS Airlines Division Manager Bruce Nord and Retired FAA National Specialist Rusty Jones Recognized for Outstanding Service and Achievements at MRO Americas

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2019 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, presented Bruce Nord, division manager of service engineering and vendor management at UPS Airlines, and Rusty Jones, retired senior technical specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with its 2019 Engineering, Maintenance and Materiel Council (EMMC) Nuts and Bolts Award. The two industry experts were honored at the annual MRO Americas Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Since 1967, the Nuts and Bolts Award has recognized individuals who demonstrate outstanding service and achievements in the engineering or maintenance fields within the commercial aviation industry.

Nord is currently chair of the A4A Airworthiness Committee providing instrumental leadership on issues of importance to the industry. He started his career with UPS in 1985 while completing his engineering degree at the University of Louisville. Nord provided key guidance on aging aircraft issues, especially removable structural components, responding to the FAA’s Damage Tolerance Aging Aircraft and Widespread Fatigue Damage rules, Airworthiness Directives policy, and multiple proposed U.S. and International rules.

Jones has served the A4A nondestructive testing and inspection (NDT) community for more than 40 years. Following a successful career with Empire Airlines, Piedmont Airlines and subsequently U.S. Airways, Jones joined the FAA, serving as both a regional and national resource specialist for NDI, and later as a coordinator for the Flight Standards Service Aging Aircraft Program.


Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.

A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.

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