Sunday, June 16, 2024

Senior Mechanical Engineer Averaldo Badillo recognized for 30 years of service at Tropic Air


Averaldo Badillo is the Senior Mechanical Engineer at Tropic Air Limited, and on Monday, February 20th, he was honored for THIRTY years of service to the airline. ‘Picho’, as he is affectionately known, has been with Tropic Air since 1987. Over three decades of work, has gained the trust and admiration of his employers.
“The thing I like the most about Picho is that he looks at a problem from three dimensions,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “While you and I may look at it two-dimensionally, he looks at the issue but is already crafting a solution.” Steve Schulte, CEO, chimed in. “Picho animates mechanical things. They aren’t just objects – they are alive to him, and he wants to fix it.”
Both Greif and Schulte shared tales of Badillo’s legendary problem-solving skills. From figuring out how to revamp air ducts in Cessna Caravans, to building air stairs that are now used throughout Central America, all over Belize and even Mexico – all from a simple blueprint, he has managed to become an invaluable asset to Tropic Air. Apparently, the only time that parts end up in the trash is when Picho can’t fix or use them!
Averaldo ‘Picho’ Badillo is husband to Connie, father to two daughters, Alice and Andrea and grandfather of four. When he isn’t being a super-mechanic at Tropic, he finds time to enjoy the island life. When the winds are blowing hard, you can often find Picho strapped on to his kite board, flying across the waters enjoying the thrill of the wind and surf.
Congratulations Mr. Badillo, on your 30 years of excellent service to Tropic Air. We salute you!

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