LCC instructor receives prestigious aviation award

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An instructor in Lansing Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program, has received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Eugene Comer was recognized for more than 50 years of aviation maintenance experience during an aircraft maintenance technician conference at Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Comer is only the 64th Michigander to receive the award, and the second Lansing area resident to be honored.

“We are justifiably proud that the FAA has recognized Gene for his outstanding aircraft maintenance career,” said Mark Bathurst, director of the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program. “The Charles Taylor Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the aviation maintenance field, and we are fortunate that Gene is able to impart his vast knowledge and expertise to our students.”

The Charles Taylor Award is the most prestigious award presented by the FAA to an aviation maintenance technician.

The award, named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight, recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of aircraft mechanics. Charles Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for the 1903 Wright Flyer, the first aircraft to achieve heavier-than-air flight.

Mr. Comer began his aviation maintenance career in 1963 by attending the Spartan School of Aeronautics and Technology. He has over 3,000 flight hours in a variety of aircraft.

Brent Knight, LCC President added, “We are very proud of Gene and his achievement. His decades of stellar service puts him in an elite class and we are grateful that our students can benefit from his expertise.”

To be eligible for the Charles Taylor award, a recipient must have a minimum of 50 years of aviation maintenance experience with no violations. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession as “master mechanics.”

Mark Cosgrove, Dean of Lansing Community College’s Technical Careers Division, said, “We are extremely fortunate to have Gene as a member of our Aviation Maintenance Program faculty. Having someone with his experience providing instruction to our aircraft maintenance students is very special. Gene cares a great deal about our students and is very focused on providing them the benefits of his experience. He is the best combination of an extremely experienced aviation maintenance technician and a great instructor. We could not ask for more.”

Each award recipient receives a lapel pin and a certificate signed by the FAA Administrator. Additionally, the recipient’s name is added to the “Roll of Honor” book at the FAA offices in Washington, D.C.

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