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The-Shannon'sMeet Harry and Cathy Shannon, founders and head of the Amphibians Plus family.  Harry began his aviation career as a 2-year-old toddler following his father, James B. Shannon, around in his workshop, nibbling on aluminum drill shavings while his dad drilled away.  After high school, Harry attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK, where he received his A&P certificates in March of 1967.  In June of 1971, Harry and Cathy graduated from Nicholls State University with BS degrees.  Harry achieved his SEL in October 1971.   After being college sweethearts, Harry and Cathy married in August of 1972.  That same year, they opened the doors of Shannon Aircraft, Inc. in Houma, LA.  For 15 years, Shannon Aircraft maintained and serviced Cessna 180 and 185 straight-float and amphibious aircraft that serviced the oil industry in the inland waters of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.  In the fall of 1973, Harry acquired his FAA IA authorization and, in December of 1979, his SES rating.  His instrument rating came in December of 1984, along with his commercial SES and SEL. In January of 1987 Harry and Cathy sold Shannon Aircraft and went to work for Lake Aircraft, Inc. in Kissimmee, FL, servicing and learning the maintenance ins and outs of Lake aircraft.   In September of 1991, Harry’s genetic defect of desiring self-employment took over, and he struck out independently, forming Harry Shannon dba Amphibians Plus.  Cathy joined him in June of 1992.  The company moved to the Bartow Airport in June of 1994.  In October of 1999, Harry was awarded the prestigious FAA U.S. Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year award.  In May of 2000, he was awarded the Professional Aircraft Mechanics Association (PAMA) Award of Merit.  He got his MEL in 2001 and his Flight Instructor Certificate in Nov 2007.  In 2013, he was recognized by the Seaplane Pilots Association for his “personal commitment and passion for protecting and promoting the water flying community”.