Frank Argenziano, Assistant Director of Aviation Safety at UND Aerospace, was awarded the Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award on March 6th at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium in Bismarck. The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to persons certificated under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65. This award is named after Charles Taylor, the first aircraft mechanic, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise while working in aviation maintenance for at least 50 years. 30 of those years must be as a FAA certified mechanic or repairman, and the remaining 20 years may be as a mechanic in the military or worked in the aviation maintenance or manufacturing industry. An applicant is ineligible if his mechanic or inspection authorization certificate has ever been revoked. A distinctive certificate signed by the FAA Administrator was issued to Frank along with a lapel pin. Frank’s name will be added to a published “Roll of Honor,” located at http://FAASafety.gov.
Charles Taylor worked for the Wright Brothers and built the first aircraft engine for the Wright Flyer. He has been called the “Unsung Hero of Aviation”, because little was mentioned about him until 20 or so years ago, and if not for him the Wright Brothers would not have made the first powered flight.
A few other individuals with ties to the Grand Forks Airport that have previously received the Charles W. Taylor Master Mechanic Award include:
Vince Buraas, Northwood, ND
Ardell Bestland, E. Grand Forks, MN
Art Tobias, Angus, MN
Les Severance, Hillsboro, ND
Frank also received a plaque from the FAA recognizing his “50 years of Dedicated Service in Aviation Safety”.