Dennis Staffier always found the idea of working in aviation appealing. He enjoyed taking things apart when he was growing up, and he grew up next to the airport, so enlisting in the U.S. Air Force after he graduated high school was the next step to making it happen. Dennis then attended East Coast Aero Tech, where he received his Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license. After a stint with Butler Aviation, he went to work for Allegheny Airlines, where he’s been for the past 47 years through its transition to American Airlines. Dennis was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award which recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession known as “master mechanics.” Read more here.
Bob Kopec II began his career in aircraft maintenance with American Airlines in Los Angeles in 1966. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a jet fighter crew chief for four years before joining the airline. One of his first assignments with American was to work on the Boeing 707 and 727. After three years, he relocated to Dallas Love Field for a year, then relocated to San Diego where he spent the next 22 years. In 1986, he made the move to MIA where he has been working ever since.
Bob was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award which recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession known as “master mechanics.” Read more here.
Steve McMurray, Century Aviation’s Director of Maintenance, has received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in recognition of more than 50 years of aviation maintenance experience. It was presented Friday afternoon at DeKalb County Airport by George Ballard, FAA Safety Program Manager in the Indianapolis Flight Standards Office. The Charles Taylor Award is the most prestigious award presented by the FAA to an aviation maintenance technician. 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.