The Center of Excellence will celebrate the accomplishments and importance of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians on May 24th, a day of recognition for this critical occupation. 
The date May 24th was selected to honor the birthdate of Charles Edward Taylor, the man who built the engine used to power the airplane of the Wright Brothers. A machinist by trade, Taylor made the 12-horsepower engine that propelled the Wrights’ airplane over the beach in North Carolina. Later, Taylor was named manager of the airport the Wrights established and continued his career in aviation maintenance for more than 60 years. 
We honor Charles Edward Taylor, celebrating his achievements and those of aircraft maintenance technicians worldwide.