Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Charles M. Childress the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, the company said.
The award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Taylor served as the Wright brothers´ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.
Childress´s career spans 50 years, starting with service in the United States Air Force. Since January 1970, he has been a dedicated team member with Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC and predecessor firms in Winston-Salem, NC. He performed maintenance on Dowty, Hamilton Sundstrand, Hartzell and McCauley propellers as a technician, crew chief, quality inspector and manager.
Piedmont Propulsion is a dedicated propeller facility with FAA Propeller Class 1 and Class 2 and EASA repair station ratings.