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FIT Aviation Inspector Hay Honored with FAA Award

FIT Aviation mechanic Thomas Hay received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, the single highest award the FAA can give to aviation technicians.

The award, presented on Aug. 15, is named in honor of Charles Taylor, personal mechanic of the Wright brothers and designer of the engine used to power their first flight.

Hay earned the award in recognition of the professionalism, skill and expertise he has displayed in his over 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession. Less than 2,500 people have earned the award since Charles Taylor died in 1956.

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PICTURED: Thomas Hay, center, joined by his wife Linda, accepts the Federal Aviation Administration’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from FAA representative Tony Alfaya.

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