I would like to wish everyone a Happy 2018 AMT Day this coming May 24th! This will mark 16 years since Richard "Dilly" Dilbeck had the first State AMT Day Resolution passed in California back in 2002. Since then each year's celebration of AMT Day has grown. This is a day that is not company or organization specific. This is a craft specific day. The skilled men and women who maintain aircraft are recognized as being the true "faces behind safety" for their knowledge, skill & integrity. Celebrations are big and small. By recognizing Charles E. Taylor for his contributions to aviation and being recognized as the "father of aircraft maintenance" allows us to remember how our craft began. By recognizing Charlie's birthday each May 24th we are collectively taking a day to look upon our profession and take stock in the contributions we have all made to a profession unlike any other. May 24th is your day and I hope that we can celebrate together not only by looking back but also by looking forward as each and everyone of you is steward for our profession. It is up to all of us to promote and protect our craft. The AMTA is proud to help in this noble cause. I would like to ask if you celebrate AMT Day to send me pictures of your event with location, company/school/military branch and names if possible of those in the picture. You can also post them on our Facebook page at Friends of Charles E. Taylor.
This year will be Baker's School of Aeronautics 14th year celebrating AMT Day! Please see the attached flyer and if you can attend stop by and have a great time. Jennifer Baker and her team put on a great event!
This past April 9th - 12th in the Orlando Convention Center, during the MRO Americas Trade Show, at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) the AMTA sponsored our Charles E. Taylor Written Test Event. This is the 10th year the AMTA has sponsored this event which helps educate the public about who Charlie was and those who followed in his footsteps. This event is timed with multiple choice answers. This year's fastest score belonged to United Airlines Team Cleveland! They were followed closely by Alaska Airlines Team Seattle. With Utah State University coming in at third place. This is out of 68 total teams taking this event!
The AMTA is still raising money for our next bust donation which is scheduled to go to the United States Army Aviation Museum. You can make a donation through our Go Fund Me account at gofundme.com/2j9vaz. Thanks to donations and your support the AMTA is able to continue promoting Charles E. Taylor and making sure his contributions to aviation are not forgotten.
As a reminder, if you know of anyone who has, or is going to receive, the FAA's Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award let me know. Send me pictures of the presentations so we can show the world these skilled professionals and help tell their story!
As always, thank you for your support in the AMTA!