Childress of Piedmont Propulsion Receives FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award

Piedmont Propulsion’s Charles M. Childress has received this year’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honour of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight who served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.


The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognises the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Taylor Mr. Childress’s extraordinary 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 and predecessor firms in Winston-Salem, NC.  Childress performed maintenance on Dowty, Hamilton Sundstrand, Hartzell and McCauley propellers as a technician, crew chief, quality inspector and manager.


Sammy Oakley, General Manager of PPS said that Childress “has been an integral part of the success of Piedmont Propulsion Systems and his leadership has resulted in the training of generations of mechanics.  We are truly proud that Charles is part of our organisation.”  The Ceremony was held at Piedmont Propulsion Systems’ headquarters facility that is also named in his honour.

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