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Industry Urges President to Celebrate Charlie

On May 20, ARSA joined 12 other aviation industry organizations in delivering a letter to the White House seeking the president’s recognition of Friday, May 24 as Aircraft Maintenance Technician Day.

UPDATE: On May 24, the president issued a message commemorating AMT Day. Click here to read it.

The day is the birthday of Charles “Charlie” Taylor, who was a partner of Orville and Wilber Wright in the development of the first powered heavier-than-air aircraft and is now considered the father of the aviation maintenance profession. It has been celebrated for years most U.S. states and Congress as “AMT Day.” By observing the day through employee recognition activities and industry celebration events, aviation businesses, trade associations and community organizations have turned it into a platform for celebrating those working in maintenance today and stimulating interest in professionals of tomorrow.

The group’s letter, which was coordinated by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), urges President Trump to recognize the contributions of Taylor and every AMT who has followed him.

“It is the knowledge, skill and integrity of the men and women who are the ‘faces behind safety’ that ensure the United States remains a leader in providing and maintaining safe, airworthy aircraft,” the letter said. “Continuously raising the standards by which they measure themselves ensures the needed technical skills are passed onto each succeeding generation of AMTs.”

While ARSA and its allies seek presidential recognition for May 24, the association encourages all of its members to celebrate the day. Those that have activities of any kind are encouraged to share them with ARSA (contact Brett Levanto at brett.levanto@arsa.org). The association often highlights member celebrations via its various communications and is always looking for great examples.

To read the letter, click here. For information about AMT day and Taylor’s legacy, read the updates below.

In addition to ARSA and AMFA, the following organizations signed the letter:

Aerospace Maintenance Council
Aircraft Electronics Association
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
Airlines for America
Aviation Mechanics Coalition
Aviation Technician Education Council
Helicopter Association International
National Air Carrier Association
National Air Transportation Association
Professional Aviation Maintenance Association
Regional Airline Association


MRO Network Podcast: ARSA’s Levanto Talks Celebrating AMTs Every Day


AMT Day – Celebrating Charlie (and Each Other)...

5/6/19 - AMT Day 2019 – How Will You Celebrate Charlie?

May 6, 2019

Taylor

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor, the Wright Brothers’ mechanic and father of aviation maintenance, was born on May 24, 1868. Now – 151 years later – we celebrate him with every safe arrival.

In 2008, a congressional resolution dedicated the date in honor of Taylor, establishing National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. While the “holiday” doesn’t get anyone out of work (there are no days off from aviation safety), it’s important to celebrate the commitment, integrity and skill of every aircraft mechanic and all those who support them – this is Taylor’s legacy and our shared responsibility.

Hopefully all ARSA members will do something to recognize May 24, 2019. Those that have celebrations or activities of any kind are encouraged to share them with ARSA (contact Brett Levanto at brett.levanto@arsa.org). The association often highlights member celebrations via its various communications and is always looking for great examples.

If nothing is planned, here are some ways to celebrate AMTs on any day:

(1) Talk with fellow technicians, colleagues and friends about how they became technicians. Ask what inspires them about the work. If you hear a great answer, send it to ARSA.
(2) Plan a visit to a local school or invite students to tour your facility. Show off for a day, maintenance work is interesting an important. Take some pictures and send them to ARSA.
(3) Hold a screening (or send around) the association’s short documentary “You Can’t Fly Without Us – The World of Aviation Maintenance.”
(4) Support industry events, particularly those that showcase the talent and skill of technicians. This year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition just wrapped up in Orlando, check out the highlights of the event and see how you can get involved next year.
(5) Hot off the press: Send the industry-drafted “overview of the aviation maintenance profession” to your local elementary, middle and high schools, then offer to come talk with students about the industry.

No matter how you celebrate AMT Day, it’s a small bit of well-deserved recognition. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and support.

The world can’t fly without you.



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