Capt. Joe Toskes awarded FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award
5/11/2018 – MIDDLE RIVER, Md. — Civil Air Patrol’s Capt. Joe Toskes, Maryland Wing’s aircraft maintenance officer, has received the distinguished Federal Aviation Administration’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. The award, presented by Mr. John Berry from the Baltimore Flight Standards District Office during the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron awards meeting on April 19 at the Martin State Airport in Middle River, Md.
The award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. This award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft. To be eligible for the award the nominee must be a U.S citizen and hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mechanic or repairman certificate and 50 or more years of civil and military maintenance experience. The nominee must also have never had ANY airman certificate revoked. To this date there have only been 2,674 awarded.
In October 2013, Capt. Toskes was the recipient of The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. This award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first U.S. pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots”. To be eligible for the award the nominee must be a U.S Citizen and hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificate and 50 or more years of civil and military flying experience. The nominee must also have never had ANY airman certificate revoked. To this date there have only been 4,673 awarded.
While it is a very prestigious honor to be awarded either of these awards, Toskes is among a very small group of aviation professionals who have received both of these awards.
Toskes joined the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron in March 2016 where he currently serves, and will continue to maintain his primary membership. During his tenure at the unit, he has completed his CAP Form 5 permitting him to act as pilot in command of the Cessna C172, C182 G1000, and the Gippsland GA8 Airvan. Toskes is a rated cadet orientation pilot, mission scanner, transport mission pilot and is currently training to be a mission observer and mission pilot.
Toskes has a long and distinguished career in aviation. He started working at Harbor Field cleaning hangars in exchange for flight lessons prior to enlisting in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, Toskes served as a jet aircraft mechanic working on the F100, F101, and the T-33 aircraft. In addition, he was a qualified specialist on the canopy ejection seats. He received an honorable discharge from the USAF in 1963.
Over the years, Capt.Toskes has been involved in all facets of aviation from flying cargo aircraft, flying for the airlines, to his current passion of corporate aviation. Toskes currently serves as the CEO and Chief Pilot for AmAV, Inc, a Part 91 aircraft management company based at Martin State Airport. He holds an ATP certificate with over 26,000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft and is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor. He has an airframe and powerplant license and is a qualified IA.
Toskes holds an Associates Degree in Business and Accounting from the Community College of Baltimore County.
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.
Photo: Capt. Joe Toskes, Maryland Wing aircraft maintenance officer, is presented the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award by Mr. John Berry from the Baltimore Flight Standards District Office. (Photo credit: Lt. Col. Brenda Reed, CAP)
Lt. Col. John Henderson, CAP
Vice Commander – Operations, Maryland Wing