MPA Recognizes Aviation Mechanics At GMAG
FAA, Minnesota Pilots Association Recipients Honored
July 1, 2021
The Minnesota Pilots Association honored a recipient of the FAA's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the 2021 Minnesota Pilots Association Aviation Technician Award recipient during the 2021 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering at Buffalo Municipal Airport.
Dale R. Johnson was honored for this year, having received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in 2020.
The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The 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.
He designed and built the aluminum-copper, water-cooled, four-cylinder aircraft engine in only six weeks, based partly on rough sketches provided by the Wrights. The Wright engine, with its aluminum crankcase, marked the first time this breakthrough material was used in aircraft construction.
Nick Zingraf was presented the 2021 Minnesota Pilots Association Aviation Technician Award at GMAG.