William Angeloro of West Islip, an instructor and a Designated Maintenance Examiner with Wilson Tech’s Aviation Program since 1978, received the Federal Aviation Administration’s most prestigious award for aircraft mechanics at ceremonies last week.
The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic who is credited with designing and building the engine for the Wright brothers first successful aircraft. This award is given to FAA-certified mechanics who have worked for at least 50 years in aviation maintenance and signifies professionalism, skill and aviation expertise.
“This award shows that you are with the best in your industry,” said Ronald Hughes, manager of the FAA’s Farmingdale Flight Standards District Office 11, during the presentation. “We thank you for your contribution.”
Angeloro joined the Wilson Tech faculty in 1978 as a part-time evening instructor in the Aircraft Maintenance Program. He took on a full-time teaching role in 1991 and also taught flight. Although he retired from teaching in 2009, he has remained as the Designated Maintenance Examiner for the FAA-certified program at Western Suffolk BOCES.
In addition to his work with Wilson Tech, Angeloro spent 27 years with Trans World Airlines as a mechanic and quality assurance inspector and has been a commercial pilot and glider pilot.