May 24 is AMT Day. It is the birth date of Charles E. Taylor, the machinist who worked at the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop in Dayton OH and built the engine that propelled the Wrights into history. Taylor is known as the "father of aircraft maintenance."

This year marks 16 years of celebrating AMT Day. Richard "Dilly" Dilbeck was instrumental in getting the first State AMT Day resolution passed in California in 2002. 

There will be numerous events taking place around the country. Most notably, Baker's School of Aeronautics will be celebrating its 14th annual AMT Day celebration! The picnic will take place Friday, May 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 100 Glidepath Way, Lebanon, TN 37090. There will be food, music and door prizes! If would like to attend the event, please RSVP to Baker's to help with planning at 615 784-4212.

When it comes to promoting our craft and educating people about Charles E. Taylor, I can't think of anyone who does it better than the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA). Spearheaded by its director Ken MacTiernan, AMTA places bronze busts of Charles Taylor at museums and aviation points of interest. It is currently raising funds to place a bust at the United States Army Aviation Museum. For more information, visit

Thanks for reading, and happy AMT Day!


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