The August 26, 2012 FAA Safety Briefing News Update included a SAIB issued for small aviation with wooden wings/spars. The Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) is to inform owners, operators, mechanics, and holders of IAs of various vintage aircraft with wood spars of the importance of conducting appropriate inspections and repairs in the event of a ground loop. The SAIB also stresses the importance of inspection during routine maintenance any damage previously undetected. FAA Advisory Circular AC 43.13-1B Change: 1 Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and Practices – Aircraft Inspection and Repair, provides further information and procedures for such inspections.
For all of you who are planning on attending AMTSociety’s IA renewal Consortium Program in Las Vegas, NV, at AviationPros LIVE in March 2013: The program will be a one-day meeting. Registration is from 7:00 to 8:00 with the program schedule from 0800 to 1700. AMTSociety will host the morning and afternoon breaks as well as lunch. The cost will be $70, which includes a one-year membership, breaks, lunch, the eight-hour course plus the certificate of completion for the FAA. Please don’t forget to pre-register at www.AMTSociety.org. The date again: Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
If you have any questions, please contact me, Tom Hendershot, at (303) 799-6870 or (800) 547-7377 Ext. 1565
2012 – 2013 AMTSociety IA Renewal Consortium Program
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012
Doubletree Hotel Mahwah
180 Rt. 17 S.
Mahwah, NJ 07430-1240
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 (SEA)
Holiday Inn SeaTac Intl. Airport
17338 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188-3530
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 (IAH)
Express Jet Airlines Training Center
17445 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Houston, TX 77032-6029
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 (ATL)
Doubletree Hotel Atlanta Airport
3400 Norman Berry Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30344-5111
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 (PHX)
Holiday Inn and Suites Phoenix Airport
3220 S. 48th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040-1747
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 (MCI)
KCI Expo Center
11730 N.W. Ambassador Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64153-2056
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 (LAS)
Held in conjunction with AviationPros LIVE
Las Vegas Convention Center – Center Hall
3150 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109-9096
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (DEN)
The Summit Conference & Event Center
411 Sable Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80011-8800
Saturday, April 13, 2013 (MCO)
ATEC Annual Meeting and FAA/DME Renewal
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8406
$10,000 Charles Taylor goal reached for Wall of Honor
Due to the generosity of individuals and organizations and companies worldwide $10,000 was raised in eight weeks to have Taylor's name engraved with the largest size lettering.
The people who help populate our “society” of aircraft maintenance professionals have recently come together to have Charles E. Taylor’s name written on a very prestigious “history book” located at the same Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center where his likeness is on display.
The Hazy Center has an airfoil shaped memorial that recognizes those with a passion for flight called the Wall of Honor. Lettering ranges in sizes from 3/16 to 1 inch and because of the generosity of individuals and organizations and companies worldwide $10,000.00 was raised in eight weeks to have Charlie’s name engraved with the largest size lettering.
Since mankind conquered the challenge of powered, controlled flight there have been many technological advancements in both airframe and power plant. Throughout these small steps and large leaps in better technology to make flying faster and safer the Aircraft Maintenance Technician has remained silently vigilant. Perhaps the reason for this “silence” is due to the fact that Charles E. Taylor, considered the “Father of Aircraft Maintenance,” was himself “silent.”
Having created the first aircraft engines for the Wright Flyer, Charlie never looked for notoriety or fame. There were no reality shows or paparazzi back in 1903, there was just hard work, determination, and professionalism. Charles E. Taylor might have been able to turn his contributions to aviation into a personal fortune, however, like today’s proud, skilled aircraft maintenance technicians and aircraft maintenance engineers Charlie was given a task and set out to accomplish it to the best of his abilities.
History is written with facts by those who wish to make these facts available for people so they can remember the past and those who contributed to our future. The Wright brothers always gave Charlie his well earned recognition. However, since the first aircraft engine propelled mankind airborne it would take almost 100 years before Howard R. DuFour, with Peter J. Unitt, wrote the biography on Taylor titled “Charles E. Taylor 1868 – 1956 The Wright Brother’s Mechanician.”