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Growing up, Shaw had no exposure
to aviation due to his father's
phobia of flying. A family vacation
usually involved
a week's worth
of driving. After
finishing high
school and college,
Shaw had no clear
direction as to what
he would pursue as a career, so he
joined the Army where he trained
as a combat engineer and medic.
During a mine clearing
operation, Shaw was badly injured.
While being medevaced out, he
asked another soldier in the back
of the helicopter what his job was.
That was the first time he heard the
word avionics. For some reason,
the word stuck with him. After

some research into an aviation
career, he retrained as an avionics
technician.
Shaw left the service in the
early 1990s, but the transition
from military to civil avionics was
not without issues. He quickly
discovered that the avionics training
and experience he gleaned from the
military had left him unprepared for
a general aviation career. Shaw felt
he had large gaps in his technical,
regulatory and business knowledge.
Fortunately, the first company he
worked for was an AEA member and
the articles in Avionics News started
to fill some of those gaps. Prior to
the internet age, he found calling
the subject-matter experts who had
contributed the monthly articles
invaluable.

Frequent attendance at the
AEA Connect Conferences and
the International Convention
& Trade Show allowed Shaw
to obtain a global in-depth
knowledge of the avionics
industry that he would have
struggled to gain anywhere else.
The contacts and friendships
forged through the AEA
membership continues to
positively affect his ability to
do business. Anecdotally, he has
noticed during the last several
decades the avionics shops that
invest in the AEA seem to have
longevity and success that far
exceeds shops that don't.

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