Bernard Michael, a former long-time technician with Duncan Aviation, was recently honored as a recipient of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Bernard served his country by joining the Air Force and then attended Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, where he graduated with an Airframe/Powerplant license and a commercial pilot certificate. In January 1966, he started his 50-year aircraft maintenance career moving around the Midwest where he repaired flight controls for Douglas Aircraft Co. in Oklahoma, performed IA inspections in Iowa, conducted agricultural spraying in Kansas, and was a jet airframe shop supervisor for Duncan Aviation. Read more here.
Joe Huffman, Sr., an FAA Certification Engineer with Duncan Aviation, was honored as a recipient of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Joe has been employed in aviation for 50 years, 48 of those years being dedicated to serving at Duncan Aviation. He was initially hired at Duncan Aviation as a mechanic in 1967. Read more here.
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.