LuVern Dokter started his aviation career in the US Air Force in 1958. He worked at Trans World Airlines from 1963-1985 and then moved on to work for the FAA from 1986-2002. Currently, he is an instructor at FAA Academy in Oklahoma. LuVern was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award by the FAA in 2010. 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.