CLT Base Maintenance Composite Shop Lead Mechanic Roger Thompson was presented the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award by representatives from the FAA this week. This award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight.
The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.
- Hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mechanic or repairman certificate.
- Have 50 or more years of civil and military maintenance experience.
- Up to 20 years of the required 50 years may be U.S. military experience; or worked as an uncertified person in a U.S. aviation maintenance facility that maintained U.S. registered aircraft, either domestic or overseas; or worked as an uncertified person in the aircraft manufacturing industry in the United States, producing U.S. type-certificated or U.S. military aircraft.
- The 50 years may be computed consecutively or non-consecutively.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Have NOT had any airman certificate revoked. Revocation of any airman certificate will disqualify a nominee for this award.
Roger was presented his award in front of his coworkers and family at the CLT Base Maintenance Hangar. This is a rare achievement in the field of aviation and an amazing honor. Check out some pictures from his awards ceremony below!
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