Inducted: October 28, 2017
The Aircraft Electronics Association, at its International Convention in 2009, recognized Robert L. “Bob” Carpenter for his consistent excellence in the avionics industry and awarded him its highest honor, the AEA Lifetime Achievement Award. Readers of Professional Pilot Magazine voted Carpenter Avionics one of the top seven avionics shops in the nation for 20 years.
Mr. Carpenter received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in 2006. The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics with 50 or more years of experience. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.
Carpenter Avionics was established in Nashville in 1981. It began business as the avionics affiliate of Nashville Jet Center and moved to the Smyrna Rutherford County Regional Airport in 1993. Bob Carpenter’s impeccable integrity, his lifelong commitment to the highest quality workmanship and to customer satisfaction, along with his talented and dedicated staff, grew Carpenter Avionics to the largest avionics service center in the Mid-South.
Mr. Carpenter was born in Graniteville, South Carolina on January 2, 1934. He graduated from high school as class Valedictorian in 1952 and attended Clemson College and Amarillo College. Bob served four years in the US Air Force as an instructor. He married Fran Togneri in 1963 and they had two children.