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.
If selected, you are awarded a certificate and a lapel pin. Your spouse also receives
a smaller version of the lapel pin for his or her contribution. Recipients are recognized
in our Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award - Roll of Honor located online,
here, at FAASafety.gov!
The candidate must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Charles
Taylor "Master Mechanic" award:
- Citizenship: Be a U.S. citizen
- Employment: Worked for a period of 50 years in an aviation maintenance career.
(The 50 years may be computed consecutively or nonconsecutively.)
NOTE: Any individual who had his or her FAA mechanic certificate, FAA
repairman certificate, FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME), or FAA
Inspection Authorization (IA) revoked by the FAA is ineligible for this
- The applicant must have been an FAA-certificated mechanic or repairman working
on N-registered aircraft maintained under the Federal aviation regulations for a minimum of 30
of the 50 years required.
The remaining 20 years may be accepted if that individual served as an aircraft
mechanic/repairman in the U.S. military; or worked as an uncertificated person in a U.S.
aviation maintenance facility that maintained U.S.-registered aircraft, either domestic or
overseas; or worked as an uncertificated person in the aircraft manufacturing industry in
the United States, producing U.S. type-certificated or U.S. military aircraft.
Follow application procedures located in the current
Advisory Circular 65-26
Contact your local FSDO
If you have additional questions, or if you are a Master Mechanic Award recipient and your name is not on this list, please contact your local
FAASTeam Program Manager
Click here to view the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award Roll of Honor