Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award

Midwest Flyer – Aug/Sept 2016

The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic of powered flight, and recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the award: U.S. citizen, and worked for a period of 50 years in an aviation maintenance career, consecutively or non-consecutively.

The applicant must have been an FAA-certificated mechanic or repairman working on N-registered aircraft maintained under the Federal Aviation Regulations for a minimum of 30 of the 50 years required.

The remaining 20 years may be accepted if that individual served as an aircraft mechanic/repairman in the U.S. military; or worked as an uncertificated person in a U.S. aviation maintenance facility that maintained U.S.-registered aircraft, either domestic or overseas; or worked as an uncertificated person in the aircraft manufacturing industry in the United States, producing U.S. type-certificated or U.S. military aircraft.

Any individual who had his or her FAA Mechanic Certificate, FAA Repairman Certificate, FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) Certificate, or FAA Inspection Authorization (IA) Certificate revoked by the FAA, is ineligible for this award.

To apply, follow application procedures located at

Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award recipients wishing to be listed in a future issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine are encouraged to email their name, address, aviation occupation or avocation, and the date in which the award was presented to

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