AMT Day Celebrations

July 16, 2015
Aircraft maintainers and students celebrate; pay tribute to the Father of Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintainers, students, managers and many more celebrated around the country in May to pay tribute to Charles Taylor, commonly referred to as the Father of Aircraft Maintenance. Here are just a couple of those organizations celebrating this year’s AMT Day.

AIM Chesapeake

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) located in Chesapeake, VA, celebrated its Charles E. Taylor/AMT Day on May 15, 2015 this year. This AMT Day had many events, there was an Employment Career Day for its graduates and future graduates, a Skills Competition in safety wiring and ridged fluid line construction with the winners receiving socket sets and other Snap-on tools. AIM had a Veteran Affairs car wash that raised money for its students who are veterans. There were free hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, soda, and cotton candy made on site for all to enjoy. One of the busiest tables was for its new free AMT Capstone course to help students pass the oral and practical tests.  A local radio station was also on site that brought music for all to enjoy. The event started at 9 a.m. and was scheduled to end at 1 p.m. but didn’t because everyone was enjoying themselves. Flyers went out to all A&Ps in a 25-mile radius from AIM and a lot of mechanics came for lunch! Overall 200 plus attended this event and it was a good time had by all!

Banyan Air Service

Banyan celebrated its 10th annual AMT Day on Thursday, May 21, 2015.  This annual event pays tribute to Charles E. Taylor, the first Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT), who built Orville and Wilbur Wright’s engine. It is also a day that Banyan uses to honor its Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Avionics Technicians and Parts team for their dedication to quality and safety.

The event took place in Banyan’s avionics hangar with over 70 teammates enjoying a barbeque lunch celebration that included remarks from Banyan speakers: Charles Amento, Albert Beltran, Lou Homsher, Bob Van Riper, and Don Campion. 

Charles Amento, Acting DOM, opened the ceremony with information about Charles E. Taylor, and a thank you to the technicians for their dedication and commitment to safety.