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May 11, 2018

EJM’s John Willman presented with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award

On Thursday, May 10, 2018 at EJM headquarters, Maintenance Director John Willman was presented with the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in front of FAA representatives, his family, and fellow EJM colleagues. The prestigious award, named after Mr. Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight, is only presented to those who have served 50 years or more in civil or military maintenance roles and is considered one of the most significant honors a maintenance professional can receive in the industry.

John’s illustrious career started in the US Navy as an aircraft mechanic. Following his service, John worked at Queen City Flying Service and continued his maintenance career in positions such as maintenance director of a Falcon 10 in Palm Beach and an outbased crew chief at GE before finally landing with EJM for the past 20 years. 

“It’s very rewarding to know that I’ve spent so much time in the industry and to be recognized for it,” Willman said shortly after receiving the award. “I’ve been around [airplanes] my whole life, primarily at Lunken Airport here in Cincinnati. I can’t think of any job I haven’t enjoyed. It really has been a fairy tale career.”

After the ceremony, Willman was joined by three previous Charles Taylor Award recipients at an intimate barbeque in the EJM hangar to celebrate the occasion. “It’s very humbling to be in the same category with the other people who’ve received the award. It’s a high-caliber group of aircraft maintenance professionals!”

When asked if he had any advice to any up-and-coming maintenance professionals looking to make their own mark in the industry, John was thankful in his response. “You have to really love what you do to be in aviation and EJM is a great place to start for young guys coming out of A&P school. I’ve been mentored very well, originally by Richard Williams and now Chris Poliak. There is so much knowledge here that can be shared. It has truly been a tremendous career for me.” 

Congratulations John on receiving such an impressive award and thank you for being such a great example of hard work and longevity in our industry.

For more information on the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, click here: https://www.faasafety.gov/content/mastermechanic/Default.aspx


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