At the 66th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) honoured Ric Peri, AEA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.
The award, named after Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight, recognizes the lifetime achievements of senior mechanics. Robert Jex, FAASTeam Program Manager, presented the award to Ric Peri.
Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award Winner
Peri has over 50 years of aviation maintenance experience as a mechanic, instructor, writer, consultant, and auditor.
He started his career at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA, as a helicopter mechanic working on UH-1N Hueys after graduating from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX.
In 1975, Peri transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard, where he worked on the HH-52 helicopter, and in 1978, he transitioned to C-130 maintenance.
In 1986, he earned his mechanic certificate with A&P ratings and started working as an aircraft mechanic at airports in California, central Florida, and later Maryland. Peri also earned his private pilot certificate in March 1987 and his inspection authorization in 1990.
Peri was appointed as the director of maintenance for the National Air Transportation Association upon his retirement from the Coast Guard in 1998.
FAA safety team
He has been involved with the FAA Safety Team and has assisted several FSDOs with IA and repair-station training programs.
He currently advocates for the avionics and maintenance industries as AEA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, primarily focusing on the Americas, Europe, and the South Pacific regions.
Ric Peri’s work experience
Peri also has over 25 years of experience in association management and supports the AEA membership through consultation and advocacy of aviation issues, with an emphasis on global maintenance, manufacturing, and certification regulations.
He has been communicating aviation industry issues since the mid-1980s as an award-winning journalist in a variety of aviation and engineering publications.
As an instructor, he has supported the aviation industry as an adjunct professor at two universities and has conducted organized training and education for the association’s membership. Peri has also been a guest speaker at several industry events worldwide.
Peri expresses his humility and honour in receiving the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Further, acknowledges the tremendous progress and transformation of the aviation industry. Furthermore, from motors, tube radios, and sextants to electric propulsion, autonomous flight, and artificial intelligence. He wonders what the next 50 years will bring.
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