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State of AMTSociety Address The address this month will center on numerous issues. First and foremost is to tell you on behalf of your board of directors and myself that we hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and that 2010 will be a...


State of AMTSociety Address
The address this month will center on numerous issues. First and foremost is to tell you on behalf of your board of directors and myself that we hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and that 2010 will be a good and prosperous year for all of us. It is a time for rejoicing and giving, a time for reflecting on things that were achieved during the past year, and also a time for thoughts on future growth, plans, and membership benefits.

On a sad note, one of our Lifetime Members passed away on Sunday Dec. 13, 2009. Howard R. DuFour would have been 95 on Jan. 10. Howard originally came from Detroit, MI. After being introduced to machine tools in technical high school, he was employed from 1932 until 1940 as a draftsman, photographer, and special machinist. During WWII his skills were needed to support the defense industry in Dayton, OH, culminating with an assignment on the Manhattan Project. Remaining in Dayton after the war he operated his own camera repair business. Starting in 1952 he worked in Dayton for Monsanto, Dabel, and National Cash Register, as an instrument machinist, tool and die maker, and machine tool and design engineer, respectively.

By 1976 as a master mold maker, he joined the staff at Wright State University supervising the work at its instrument machine shop. During his lengthy career he co-authored several technical reports and secured several U.S. patents.

Howard retired in 1991 and he devoted most of his time to researching the life and times of a kindred spirit, Charles Taylor. Howard was a big help and influence in making May 24 Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day, along with Richard Dilbeck from the Sacramento, CA, FSDO, Kenneth J. MacTiernan from AMTA, and myself to get the support from every state and therefore putting it on the calendar.

AMTSociety corporate sponsor Jennifer C. Baker was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. More than 500 aviation aficionados, families, and friends witnessed the induction of Jennifer and three other extraordinary Tennesseans at the 8th Annual Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Gala and Induction ceremony at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation Nov. 14, 2009.

When Jennifer Baker visits elementary schools, she always talks to the children about Charles E. Taylor. Most people are familiar with Wilbur and Orville Wright, she says, but Charles Taylor, the father of aviation maintenance, is not as well known. Baker, who owns Baker’s School of Aeronautics near the Nashville International Airport, says aviation mechanics often don’t get the recognition and glory given to pilots. But they don’t do it for the glamour, she says. They do it because they love it. “They’re a different type of breed,” Baker says. “They are humble and passionate. They have a sense of pride about the safety of the aircraft.”

Jennifer began her career at the school in 1978, when it was King’s School of Aeronautics. Being new to aviation she quickly fell in love with the entire aviation world, especially the world of the aircraft mechanic. She became a partner with the owner and later took over the operation of the school. Jennifer taught A&P and IA courses for 16 years before buying out her partner and changing the name to Baker’s School of Aeronautics in 1994. She was named the FAA Tennessee Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year in 1999. She is a strong advocate for the aircraft mechanic and has served on numerous committees over the years to help promote the professional status and appeal of an aviation maintenance career. She is currently serving as the secretary (a position she has held since 2001) on the FAA/Industry AMT Awards Committee, as well as the Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Committee. Jennifer is also a big supporter of AMT Day each year, celebrating with food, prizes, and a bluegrass band to complement the day.

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