GREENSBORO, North Carolina — 20 January, 2011 … TIMCO Aviation Services (“TIMCO”) is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation (FAA) is awarding Co-CEO, President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Utecht the Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” award. The award is being given to Utecht in recognition of his 50 years of service in the advancement of the aircraft maintenance industry.
Utecht has had a long and distinguished career in aviation, and is well-regarded by his peers in the aerospace industry. Prior to joining TIMCO in 2005, he had retired from United Airlines after an impressive 39-year career. Culminating in the role of Senior Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering, Ron was responsible for all of United’s worldwide maintenance and engineering operations and had oversight of more than 16,000 employees around the world.
The award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, who served as the Wright Brothers' mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful flight. To be eligible for the award, a recipient must have served at least 50 years as an aviation mechanic and also have been an FAA-certified mechanic for a minimum of 30 years.
Kevin Carter, TIMCO’s other Co-CEO said, “Ron’s expertise in process improvement and keen eye for operations best practices has unquestionably led to benefit for TIMCO, its customers and the industry as a whole. I am personally privileged to serve with him in our joint role at TIMCO.”
Utecht’s name will be added to the FAA's Roll of Honor, a leather-bound book on display at the entrance to the FAA Aircraft Maintenance Divion at FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.