The FAA picked its winner of this year's Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award: James Davis of American Airlines.
[Photo credit: ERAU Charles Taylor Aviation Maintenance Science Dept.]
The award in honor of the first aviation mechanic in powered flight recognizes those who have been accredited aviation mechanics for more than 50 years and FAA-certified mechanics for at least 30 years.
Davis started his career in the Air Force in 1960, then spent 35 years with TWA and nine with American. He currently is an inspector at American's Kansas City maintenance and engineering base.
"For the past 50 years, James Davis has served as a living example of Charles Taylor’s dedication to man’s ability to fly," says Dan Teters, director of base maintenance in Kansas City for American. "His exemplary work has set the bar high for future generations of aviation mechanics."
The FAA and American Airlines will honor Davis in a special ceremony this Thursday. Congratulations, and thank you for your dedication, sir!