Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic
Joshua Butz is an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.
Joshua Butz was born on August 24th, 1993 in Skokie, Illinois, and has lived in the Northern suburbs of Chicago for most of his life. His interest in aviation was first sparked as a young boy when his father took him flying in their Cessna 172 based out of Schaumburg Regional Airport (06C). In high school Josh found himself unsure about what the future held for him. When looking at colleges he remembers seeing the degree programs at Lewis University and being genuinely interested. He decided to apply and was accepted into the Aviation Administration program where he took classes for two years before being exposed to the aviation maintenance program. Butz discovered his real passions for aviation were found in the hands on applications required of the maintenance classes and decided to switch into the Aviation Maintenance Management program. Josh says that he found that the maintenance classes, specifically his sheet metal class, reminded him of his experience working with his father’s business as a fabricator.
Butz graduated from Lewis University’s Part 147 maintenance program in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management. He is currently a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. While in college Josh worked for his father’s business as a fabricator and went to work as a contractor maintaining Aircraft In-flight Entertainment and WiFi systems immediately after graduation. Currently Josh works within the commercial aviation industry as an A&P mechanic at O’Hare International Airport (KORD). He specifically works on the Airbus A320 series of aircraft with V2500 and PW-1100 NEO engines. When asked why he volunteered with The Hope 100 endurance flight he says that he “hopes to leave behind an inspirational path into aviation for the future of the industry”.