We all have heard the saying, “Cool it.” It is slang for relax, calm down, take it easy. And, in this sense, it is safe to say we all need to do this from time to time – to avoid making mistakes – especially when feeling the pressure and stress from our work environment. But to you folks who maintain and operate aircraft engines, it takes on a whole different meaning.
Many engines may require you to “cool it” down before shutting it down. Improper cool down could lead to sudden damage or even latent damage resulting in future failure.
Whether you operate engines frequently and have tremendous knowledge about them or you only operate engines infrequently, always use the engine run checklist. Whether you operate turbine and/or piston-powered engines, and especially if you operate a variety of make and model engines, the bottom line is to understand and comply with the manufacturer’s current operating procedures. And always heed the “Notes, Cautions, and Warnings” for the engine you are working on.
As a result, when you “cool it” properly, you will be able to relax, calm down, and take it easy!
Stay safe, Tom Hendershot
AMT Day, or Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, was created to recognize Charles E. Taylor who was the Wright brother’s mechanic and aviation’s original “Unsung Hero;” or otherwise referred to as the “Father of Aircraft Maintenance.” Having built the first aircraft engines, by hand no less, which enabled mankind to conquer controlled powered flight is a remarkable accomplishment. Recognizing Charlie’s rightful place in aviation’s history, which history almost forgot, is just and warranted. But how did AMT Day start? Why was it created? What does it mean?
To begin with we need to go back to 2001 when an FAA Inspector from the Sacramento FSDO named Richard T. “Dilly” Dilbeck who first decided that Charles E. Taylor needed to be remembered. Charlie’s accomplishments where recognized by the FAA with the creation of the Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award thanks to another FAA Inspector, William F. “Bill” O’Brien. Bill created this award for AMT’s who had served at least 50 years in aircraft maintenance with a minimum of 30 of those years as a certificated A&P Mechanic. This award is very prestigious and rightfully so. What Dilbeck did was expand the recognition Charlie deserved by having all 50 United States, Commonwealths, and Territories introduce and pass an AMT Day Resolution. OK, you ask, so what does this resolution do?
Dilbeck had then California Senator Knight introduce a resolution that officially recognized May 24th of every year as Aviation Maintenance Technician Day in honor of Charlie’s birthday. This resolution remembers Taylor’s place in history as being as important as that of the Wright brothers since it was Charlie who enabled the Wright Glider to become the Wright Flyer. But this resolution goes further and also recognizes the many skilled men and women who followed in Charles E. Taylor’s footsteps in the craft Charlie created; the craft of today’s AMT. In 2002 California became the first state to introduce and pass AMT Day.
May 24 is now recognized officially as a day to remember Charles E. Taylor and an entire craft and profession of skilled aviation professionals that carry the heavy responsibilities of providing safe, airworthy aircraft industrywide. An industry that requires a high standard of knowledge, skill, continuing education, and integrity now had a day to say thank you to the men and women who care for commercial, general aviation, corporate, private, civil, military, or experimental aircraft.
Thanks to Dilbeck’s efforts in having California lead the way in passing the first AMT Day Resolution there are now more than 47 AMT Day Resolutions passed.
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