TEAMMATE SPOTLIGHT – CRUZ HERNANDEZ
AIRBORNE Tampa’s teammate spotlight features employees throughout the company. Every month, we’ll introduce you to a teammate that makes AIRBORNE Tampa possible.
Meet Cruz Hernandez…
What’s your role at AIRBORNE Tampa?
Back Shop Lead, I am in charge of the machine shop as well as the fabrication shop of PMA parts as well as various inspections on A/C. I have also been tasked to training various technicians in building Upper and Lower jambs and the 9G bulkhead for Pemco conversions famous cargo door.
How long have you worked at AIRBORNE Tampa?
5 years, Sheet metal, Inspections of various flights surfaces and Composite repairs. I am a part of the greatest specialty team in aviation period.
What interested you / how did you get started in aviation?
I have always loved building stuff and my father in law suggested I try it. So after working at a machine shop for 9 yrs. I decided to try it, best decision I have ever made.
Do you remember your first flight?
17 yrs. old I went on a flight in the RED Barron in St. Petersburg airport. I went on a scenery flight of the Tampa bay area.
What’s your favorite vacation or travel spot?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Fly, to go anywhere in the world.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A carpenter like my grandfather.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Work on my car or be involved in my daughters Taekwondo
What would you tell others interested in working at AIRBORNE Tampa; interested in aviation?
Pemco is a well rounded place as a new comer to aviation and you can pretty much learn whatever you want. In my time here I have learned everything from structures to interiors as well as composite and machining.
What is your favorite quote?
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith” – Steve Jobs