Mr. John J. Judge received the Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award on February 4th, 2009 at Tarrant County College, Northwest Campus. The event was witnessed by his family and friends and the entire Tarrant County College aviation department. Representing the Federal Aviation Administration and making the presentation was Mr. Gary Worthy. Also present from the F.A.A. was Mr. Barry Proctor, FAASTeam Program Manager (Airworthiness).
Mr. Judge received his aviation education at the Academy of Aeronautics in New York. He completed his studies and tested for the airframe and power plant certifications in 1958. He later received his Associates Degree from this institution and went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University, Long Island, New York.
He initially worked for Seaboard Western Airlines as a mechanic on DC-4 and Lockheed 1049 Constellation aircraft at New York Idlewild Airport. In that same year he hired on with American Airlines and remained with them until his retirement in December 2000. While at American Airlines he worked at New York Idlewild (later renamed John F. Kennedy), Syracuse New York and Dallas/Fort Worth Airports.
While a mechanic at John F. Kennedy Airport he was qualified on CV 240, DC-6, DC-7, L-188, CV-990, B-707, B-727, DC-10 and BAC-111 aircraft. He was also qualified for run-up and taxi on all these aircraft and served as a B-707 maintenance instructor.
In 1969 he was promoted to Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor for Line Maintenance and Heavy Checks on B-707 and CV-990 aircraft at JFK. His next advancement was being promoted to Manager of Aircraft Maintenance for American Airlines at Syracuse, NY in 1971. In 1974 he transferred to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport as Manager of Aircraft Maintenance. Later he was named Managing Director Aircraft Maintenance for all American Airlines aircraft maintenance and logistics in the Southwestern region of the United States.
Mr. Judge remained based at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport until his retirement in December 2000. During his tenure at DFW he oversaw the maintenance of B-707, B-727, B-737, B-747, B-757, B-767, B-777, DC-10, MD-11 and MD-80 aircraft. DFW became the largest American Airlines hub with over 500 daily departures supported by over 650 mechanics and logistics personnel at the time of his retirement.
Prior to his retirement Mr. Judge became involved with the Tarrant County College Aviation Department as an Advisory Committee Member and was President of the committee for 7 years. During this time the State of Texas mandated that all of the State funded colleges devise a curriculum that could be transferred between States colleges. He was an active member of the committee that reviewed the recommendations. In february 2001 he resigned from the committee to begin instructing as an adjunct faculty member. He is still active in this position today. Mr. Judge is also an active aviation consultant. He has assisted several corporations in this capacity since his retirement from American Airlines.