The last issue of AMT for 2015 was our inaugural Next Gen 40 under 40 Maintenance Technician Award issue. We had a great time sorting through all the nominations, reading through the profiles, and putting together this issue highlighting the next generation of up and coming young aviation maintenance professionals.
One of those winners was Nicholas Temple, a crew chief for Air Wisconsin currently based in Norfolk, VA. Nick comes from an aviation family including his father and two brothers. He told a story about traveling on the airlines with his father as a youngster and how his dad assisted with a maintenance issue on the aircraft which would have prevented the family from returning home. Of course young Nick thought that was pretty special. (Page 28 of the November/December issue of AMT.)
After the magazine was published we received an email from Nick requesting more copies of this magazine to pass to family members and save for his children and future grandchildren. In this same issue (Pages 19 – 21) was an article about United Airlines dedicating a bust of Charles Taylor and placing it on display in the Chicago O’Hare Airport terminal. By coincidence, Nick’s father Paul Temple, an active mechanic at United Airlines and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award winner, was at the dedication and in the photo on page 20.
As Nick put it, “My father is featured before me in the magazine at the Charles Taylor dedication at ORD, so by chance this edition is super special to me. This is something we will pass down to grand kids to highlight their grandpa and great grandpa.”
Keeping it in the family. Congratulations to the Temple family.