American Airlines also purchased a bronze bust of Charles Taylor from artist Virginia Hess to have on display at DFW’s maintenance hangars. Plans call for having this bust on display at the terminal in the future so the public can see who the first aircraft mechanic was and, in turn, think about those skilled professionals who maintain AA’s fleet of aircraft. To help unveil this bust were Ken Durst, AA vice president line maintenance; Blair Gregg, Southwestern regional manager; and Bob Redding, AA executive vice president operations.
This year, it took three chefs to grill all the hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecued bologna for the more than 140 attendees at the fifth annual AMT Day picnic hosted by Baker’s School of Aeronautics in Nashville, TN. The grill masters were Eddie Baker (Baker’s School), Orville Hale (Trade-A-Plane), and Michael Hosseini (Extended Stay America). Attendees enjoyed the music of the McMurray Bluegrass Band and more than 40 door prizes were awarded.
Charles E. Taylor’s birthday was officially Sunday, May 24, 2009. Haggan Aviation, a CRS-145 repair station located at Centennial Airport, Englewood, CO, hosted the company’s second annual AMT Day program on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. There were 59 people in attendance.
This year Haggan Aviation invited its AMTs as well as AMTs from the airport, 24 students (who will graduate next month), and an instructor from Redstone College, Broomfield, CO, to join in the festivities.
Tom Hendershot, executive director of AMTSociety, made the introductions, and then all enjoyed a lunch prepared and served by Jim and Sean Carter from the Perfect Landing Restaurant (AMT August 2008, page 28), also located at Centennial Airport. After lunch Jim Hopson, shop supervisor of Haggan Aviation, conducted a tour of the facility.
The group then drove to the Anschutz Corp. corporate hangar facility where director of aircraft maintenance Jerry R. Owen, Jeff Graser, and company dispatcher Jan conducted a tour.
Next it was on to Denver Avionics where Scott Armore, operations manager, conducted a short video program and tour of the avionics facility. Everyone had the opportunity to observe all aspects of the importance of the avionics on today’s aircraft from a glider, single engine aircraft, a Model 23 Lear Jet, and an Eclipse Jet.
Dan Tancrede, president, D&G Quality Services; Scott Armore; Jerry Owen; Jim Hopson; Jeff Graser; and Tom Hendershot addressed the entire assembly. It was indeed a great day, one which Charles E. Taylor would have certainly enjoyed.
AAR Indianapolis celebrated AMT Day on May 20 with the leadership team stepping up to the grill to cook burgers and dogs for all of the AMTs and support team. The MRO took time to recognize the achievements of the more than 500 AMTs at the facility that have earned FAA training awards which included five Diamond Award recipients. The Indianapolis facility also received the Diamond Award for 100 percent participation in the program for the fifth straight year. In addition to the training awards AAR Indy recognized the team’s hard work and the progress made in implementing lean processes and improving the value of the product provided to the customer.
“AMT Day at AAR is about recognizing the achievements of our people and celebrating our profession,” said Danny Martinez, vice president and general manager of AAR Indianapolis.
In celebration of AMT Day, AAR MRO leaders, Darrell Sims Sr., vice president People Programs, and Rayner Hutchinson, VP Quality & Safety, along with Greg Dellinger, AAR’s director of recruiting, participated in a very special career day at E.F. Young School in Chicago. As it was in Charles Taylor’s time, the most important issue facing our country is an educated work force. The AAR MRO Group thinks it is imperative that the North American MRO industry as a whole come together in order to inspire women and under-represented minorities to consider the professional development opportunities within the industry. To that end, Sims, Hutchinson, and Dellinger honored Charlie by encouraging the students at E.F. Young School to develop their mechanical talents.
On May 21, Banyan Air Service technicians enjoyed a catered lunch in recognition of AMT Day. Banyan’s president, Don Campion, addressed the group and thanked them for their dedication and commitment. Campion recognized a number of technicians for their longevity to Banyan: in avionics, Steve Ouellette (16 years), Gus Gomez (12 years), Paul Krug (nine years), and in maintenance, Les Bowser (20 years), Terry Schuler (14 years), Murray Zacharia (12 years), Anthony Bessellieu (11 years), Gary Johnson (11 years), Curtis Florio (11 years), and Dave Valenta (10 years).