Aeronautical Technology

Aeronautical Technology Faculty

Anton Amaratunge

I have been an instructor at South since April 2012. I am a proud graduate of South's aviation program which led the way to make my aviation career lot more exciting. After earning the A&P license & AAST, apart from being an Aircraft Mechanic I continued my education completing my Bachelor's at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

David Bennett

David has been teaching at South since 2009. He discovered his interest in fixing aircraft when he was studying to be a pilot. Along with being a certified A&P mechanic, he brings with him knowledge and experience from a diverse background. David has studied and graduated with degrees in Construction Management and Business Administration.

Jim Bentley

Jim earned his AAS in Aviation Maintenance Technology at South in 1983. He then spent 27 years as a mechanic for United Airlines, the last 11 of which he led a crew of mechanics in the repair and maintenance of heavy aircraft. In spring quarter 2012, the day after Jim retired, he began teaching in our AMT program. Jim is also the faculty advisor for the college's Aviation Club.

Charlie Daehne (Tool Room)

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, I moved to Washington when I was almost three years old. Having a father whose career was aviation maintenance, it was only natural I’d end up working in a place dedicated to training the best aircraft mechanics. I have been with South Seattle College Aviation Maintenance Technology since August 2010. Though I have a degree in journalism, I feel at home working in the maintenance shop repairing broken tools and machinery, handling purchases for the department and managing the tool room. Of everything I do, the biggest job perk is getting to know the students who come from all over the country and beyond to share in the dream of aviation.