AIRBORNE-Tampa, FL’s teammate spotlight features employees throughout the company. Every month, we’ll introduce you to a teammate that makes AIRBORNE – Tampa, FL possible.
Meet Chris Castret…
What’s your role at Airborne?
Lead A&P Technician.
How long have you worked at Airborne?
I have been employed at Tampa for 2.5 years, the first year I spent working as an A&P technician until being promoted to a Lead in early 2017
What interest you / how did you get started in aviation?
I always had an interest in aircraft growing up in Lakeland but being exposed to Sun N’ Fun for so many years I didn’t get serious about it as a career. It wasn’t until my finances father, who was a helicopter mechanic in the Army, told me that he wished he would have stuck with aviation after getting out of the military. He told me about the job potential and security. Then I decided to attend National Aviation Academy in 2012 and start my career.
Do you remember your first flight? Tell us about it
I was 5 years old flying from Findlay, OH to Naples, FL for Christmas.
What’s your favorite vacation or travel spot?
Florida was my favorite vacation spot which is now turned into home; so I would have to say Hawaii. I’d like to visit the volcanos and waterfalls.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would like to have the ability to stop accidents before they happened so it would have to be to “see into the future”! As a mechanic we are challenged to insure aircraft are flying safe. Everything we do insures safe travels for aviation passengers. Being able to see the future for the good of aviation safely would be priceless.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What do you like to do outside of work ?
Hunting and running my ATV out in some Florida mud holes.
What would you tell others interested in working at Airborne; interested in aviation?
Airborne is a great place to grow your mechanic wings and learn all the detailed knowledge required for aircraft maintenance. The work is hard and the hours long, but at the end of the day is a very rewarding when you can deliver a safe, on-time, aircraft that is ready to fly.
What’s your favorite quote?
If brute force doesn’t fix it, you’re not using enough of it