On Thursday, May 20, 2010, the United States Federal Aviation Administration awarded the Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award to Terry R. Robe, President of Airline Component Parts, Inc., a certified FAA Repair Station in Euless, Texas.
The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to persons certificated under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 65. This award is named after Charles Taylor, the first aircraft mechanic, to recognize individuals who have spent over 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession as “master mechanics.” This elite award has been given to fewer than 100 people in Texas and fewer than 1,500 have been awarded overall.
Terry has accomplished this amazing goal and continues to add to his exceptional career. He is a licensed aircraft mechanic with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. He has spent over 35 years working as a maintenance professional in the commercial airline industry, including such industry leaders as Southwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, Trans World Airlines (TWA), and Texas International Airlines. Since 1993, he has owned and operated the FAA repair station, Airline Component Parts, Inc.
The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft. A “Role of Honor” with the recipient’s name, city and state, and certificate number will be in a prominent place in the FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.