Hamilton Sundstrand employees receive FAA award

The FAA presented Hamilton Sundstrand employees James Shepley and Edward Moore with the Charles E. Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award for 50 years of aviation service at Hamilton Sundstrand.

James Shepley, 80, and Edward Moore, 74, both repair technicians in Hamilton Sundstrand’s Customer Service organization, began working at Hamilton Sundstrand in 1957 and 1961 respectively. More than 50 years later, on Dec. 13, Shepley and Moore were recognized at an award ceremony attended by their colleagues at Hamilton Sundstrand’s Worldwide Repair facility in Windsor Locks, Conn.

“We could not have done this without everyone out in the shop,” Moore said. “This is not something we earned alone.” Both employees are described by their colleagues in the Hamilton Sundstrand repair shop as dedicated family men with great work ethics and a commitment to quality.

Matt McSherry, the award recipients’ supervisor, spoke about the contributions that Shepley and Moore have made to Hamilton Sundstrand over the years, as well as their experience in aviation repair. “You don’t reach 50 years of service if you don’t love what you do for a living,” McSherry said.

“It’s professionals like you that make us feel safe putting our children and grandchildren on a plane,” said Beth Babb, FAA flight standards district office manager, who presented the awards to Shepley and Moore. Babb stressed the importance of repair technicians and inspectors when it comes to aircraft safety.

The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to those certificated under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65. The award is named after Charles Taylor, the first aircraft mechanic, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession as “master mechanics.” Recipients receive a plaque signed by the FAA administrator and lapel pin and have their name, city and state added to a published “Roll of Honor.”

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