American Airlines, American Eagle and TAESL to Receive FAA Diamond Award for Excellence in Training
American Airlines, American Eagle and Texas Aero Engine Services Limited (TAESL), an affiliated engine repair facility, have qualified for the coveted Federal Aviation Administration's Diamond Award for excellence in training their Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT).
The awards were announced as the two airlines and TAESL, a joint venture owned by American and Rolls-Royce, celebrated May 24 as Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day throughout their organizations.
The three companies will receive the FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence for training their AMTs completed in 2006. American Airlines and TAESL have received the award for three consecutive years and American Eagle has received it for the second consecutive time.
The FAA has five different award levels -- Bronze, Silver, Gold, Ruby and Diamond. An AMT must complete 100 hours of training to qualify for Diamond Status, which is the highest level.
For 2006, 50 percent of the companies' maintenance technicians must have received an award in order for the employers to receive the Diamond Certificate of Excellence. At American and TAESL combined, about 7,300 AMTs -- or 69 percent -- qualified for some level of AMT award. This is up from 49 percent in 2005. American and TAESL AMTs amassed 413,000 hours of training last year.
American Eagle qualified 770 AMTs -- or 80 percent -- for the honor. AMTs at the regional affiliate totaled 44,711 hours of training.
American had four AMTs qualify for the individual Diamond Award and TAESL and American Eagle each had two.
At American's maintenance and overhaul base in Kansas City, Mo., the FAA presented six AMTs with the prestigious Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award, which recognizes lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. The award honors Charles Taylor, who worked for the Wright Brothers and was the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. To be eligible for the award, a recipient must have served 50 years as an accredited aviation mechanic and be an FAA-certified mechanic for a minimum of 30 years.
A bronze bust of Charles Taylor was dedicated Thursday at the Kansas City facility. The bust was funded by a generous donation from Transport Workers Union Local 530 and with the help of the Aviation Maintenance Technicians Association.
In Tulsa, home to American's largest overhaul base, Mayor Kathy Taylor proclaimed May 24 as "Aircraft Maintenance Technician's Day." A bronze bust of Charles Taylor and the mayor's proclamation was placed in the lobby of the base's administrative building.
Alliance Fort Worth, American's third maintenance base, will receive the Charles Taylor bust in an August ceremony.
American Airlines and TAESL employ about 10,000 AMTs and American Eagle has 950 AMTs, all members of the Transport Workers Union.
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