AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS aka:  MECHANIC, A&P, and IA

AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN DAY
and 
THE CHARLES TAYLOR MASTER MECHANIC AWARD

Charles Taylor bronze bust by Virginia Hess

In 2002 California Senate Resolution SR70 declared May 24th “Aviation Maintenance Technician Day” in honor of Charles Taylor, the Wright brother's mechanic.

Since then, a small but determined and passionate group of aviation mechanics have continued to press for other states to follow.  To date over 40 states have honored Taylor.  For more information on these projects:

An article in Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine
http://www.amtonline.com/amtday.jsp

Aircraft Maintenance Technician Association USA
www.AMTAUSA.com

Professional Aviation Maintenance Association
www.pama.org

The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award
https://www.faasafety.gov/content/MasterMechanic/Default.aspx

Charles Taylor
Bronze bust by
Virginia Hess
Sculptor Virginia Hess was commissioned to create a bust of Taylor which is installed at various locations including the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy (Dulles.)  I was invited to speak at the installation ceremonies.  It has been displayed at ceremonies inducting those special “wrenches” who receive the Charles Taylor Award. - GBK

Left:  Installation  ceremonies at the Udvar-Hazy, August 2006.  Left to Right:  Richard Dilbeck (FAA, Sacramento,CA), Dr. Tom Crouch (Aeronautics, NASM), Giacinta Bradley Koontz, Hon. John Goglia (former NTSB board member) and Ken MacTiernan, Dir. Aircraft Maintenance Technician Association USA.  Photo courtesy of Richard Dilbeck.

Charles Taylor is buried at the Portal of the Folded Wings:  www.portalofthefoldedwings.net
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