National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Observed on May 24th, National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is an annual day of recognition for all the professional technicians who keep planes in the sky. It was first created to recognize the achievements of Charles E. Taylor—the aviation mechanic who built the engine used to power the Wright Brothers’ airplane.

This holiday began unofficially in 2002, but through the efforts of several people, it became an official day of remembrance on May 1st, 2008. It has since been a holiday to not only remember what Charles Edward Taylor achieved but also to appreciate the efforts of all aviation mechanics who keep planes flying and passengers safe.

The History of National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

In 2001, the FAA created the Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award to honor the lifetime achievements of senior mechanics. To be eligible for this award, a mechanic must hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority or Federal Aviation Administration mechanic or repair technician certificate.

They also must have 50 or more years of civil and military maintenance experience. Up to 20 years of the required 50 years of service may be U.S. military experience. The mechanic also must be a U.S. citizen and not have had any airman certificate revoked. Only then can they receive the award.

In 2002, the creation of the Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award led to the unofficial creation of Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. On May 1, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced and approved by a voice vote House Resolution 444.

This resolution supported the ideals and goals of National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day and honored the contributions of Charles E. Taylor—the man considered to be the father of aviation maintenance. This holiday also recognized the important role that aviation maintenance technicians play in ensuring the security and safety of both civil and military aircraft.

Observing National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

This is a day on which everyone is encouraged to give thanks to aviation mechanics for all that they do, either in person or by using the hashtag #NationalAviationMaintenanceTechnicianDay on their social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 24 Friday
Next year (2025)
May 24 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 24 Wednesday
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