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Andrew Shields Receives 2002 SAE Marvin Whitlock Award

Warrendale, PA, Oct. 22, 2003 - Andrew "Andy" Shields, Boeing 757/Boeing 767/Airbus A330 Engineering Fleet Manager at US Airways in Charlotte, North Carolina, has received the 2002 SAE Marvin Whitlock Award. Shields was presented with the award during a banquet ceremony at the 2003 Aerospace Congress & Exhibition in September, 2003.

This award, established in 1988, honors individuals for outstanding management accomplishment that has resulted in superior aviation maintenance integrity of airline, fixed base, corporate, or military aircraft. It acknowledges and commemorates the distinctive management contributions of the late Marvin Whitlock, Senior Vice President-Maintenance and a member of the Board of Directors of United Air Lines.

Shields has more than 18 years of experience in the aviation industry. Drawing on his extensive maintenance background, he has instilled the highest standards of integrity into the US Airways maintenance organization, standards that have been a key component in bringing the organization to an irreproachable level of safety. Shields has played an important role in the ATA Lead Airline coordination process, especially for the 737 aircraft, and, in conjunction with his team, has generated more than 250 Alternative Means of Compliance (AMOCs) to address deviations performed by US Airways maintenance during Airworthiness Compliance. In addition to his engineering skills, Shields has been recognized as an outstanding mentor and is one of the key figures in US Airway's award-winning co-op engineering program.

Shields holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and recently became a registered Chartered Engineer and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is presently working toward a Master of Business Administration degree and is an FAA Designated Engineering Representative candidate in training.

Prior to arriving in the United States, Shields held numerous positions of increasing responsibility within the British Aerospace (Airbus) Product Support organization and was a key member in the introduction to service team of the A330/A340 aircraft. He is a time served aircraft technician apprentice from the UK Ministry of Defence and spent 5 years at RAF St. Athan. Shields also served over 7 years in the Territorial Army.