Celebrating National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day

National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day | AIM

Orville and Wilbur Wright get the majority of the accolades for inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane, and it’s certainly well deserved.

But behind the scenes on that December day in 1903 was an equally important but far less celebrated aviation pioneer: Mr. Charles Edward Taylor.

Taylor was perhaps the world’s first aviation maintenance technician and the man who built the engine used by the Wright brothers to make the first controlled, powered and sustained flight with a pilot aboard.

On May 24, 2014, the United States will observe National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day to honor Taylor’s contributions to making flight possible—and say thank you to the thousands of other aviation maintenance technicians across the country who ensure the safety and security of the country’s airborne infrastructure.

According to the United States Department of Labor, there are more than 250,000 men and women working as maintenance technicians at major international airports, on airstrips and in hangars across the United States. They’re servicing aircraft and avionics equipment, maintaining passenger and cargo planes and working hard to keep the hundreds of millions of people who fly every year in the United States safe.

More people putting their lives in the hands of aviation maintenance technicians

In its annual report of airline activity, the United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said that more than 743 million people boarded a flight in the United States in 2013. That number is only expected to grow in the coming years, meaning that the work an aviation maintenance technician does will become that much more important.

Which is why the country takes one day each year to say thank you to the men and women who work so hard to keep air passengers safe.

Across the country, aviation professionals will gather to share knowledge, show appreciation and celebrate the success that aviation maintenance technicians have had in keeping the skies safe for travelers.

Safer skies around the world

Overall and statistically speaking, flying has never been safer. According to analysis done by the Aviation Safety Network, flying has never been safer. Two years ago was the safest year for air passengers anywhere in the world since 1945, and last year (2013) saw the number of fatalities fall by 85 percent over its 10-year average (according to the Aviation Safety Network).

Much of the credit for the safer skies around the world goes directly to the men and women who have the responsibility of maintaining and repairing planes of all shapes and sizes. They work in airports large and small, on airstrips in rural parts of the country and in hangars rarely seen by the people who travel aboard the planes on which they work.

Much like the great Charles Edward Taylor stood in the background as the Wright brothers flew their plane directly into the history books, these men and women work in the background, successfully, to ensure that everyone who flies can make it to their destinations safely.

On Saturday, May 24, the nation will shine a spotlight on them.

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