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Thomas “TJ” Hall, Air Methods airbase lead mechanic for Atrium Health’s MedCenter Air in Charlotte, North Carolina has dedicated much of his life to maintaining helicopters that save lives. Hall started his career in the Vietnam War, at the age of 20, and has never looked back. His hard work and dedication earned him a special honor on Sept. 24, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) presented him with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.
The award presentation took place at Atrium Health’s MedCenter Air hangar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The honor recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics and is named for Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.
“TJ’s insight as a seasoned mechanic and a leader have made a lasting impact on Air Methods,” said Michael Laeder, vice president of maintenance operations at Air Methods. “He has been incredibly generous in sharing his knowledge and experience with other mechanics on our maintenance team and he has inspired them to hone their craft. His work is a vital piece of our mission to save lives. He is incredibly worthy of this award.”
“TJ is well-deserving of this recognition and prestigious award,” said Katie Kaney, Dr. PH, MBA, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Atrium Health. “I could not be prouder of him for his service to Atrium Health, his industry and most importantly the countless teammates, providers and patients he has impacted through his commitment to safety.”