December 17, 2015
Dana Kerrick, currently sitting on the IAHMP Board of Directors is awarded the:
Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award
Dana Kerrick: Dana Kerrick has served the aviation industry for more than five and a half decades as a military and civilian maintenance specialist, civilian pilot, flight instructor, air taxi operator, pioneer in helicopter rotor blade composites, and frequent instructor for courses to renew helicopter inspection authorization (IA). He recently retired as vice president and cofounder of International Aviation Composites, Ltd. (IAC), capping a 56-year career in aviation.
Kerrick is recognized throughout the industry as one of the foremost experts in rotor blade maintenance and has written extensively for numerous maintenance and aviation publications. Kerrick’s course on rotor blade preventive maintenance has been part of the HAI Rotor Safety Challenge since its inception at HAI HELI-EXPO 2013 in Las Vegas.
Kerrick began his aviation career in the U.S. Air Force working on B-52s. He reentered the civilian workforce in 1970 but didn’t discover helicopters until he turned 40. He is a pilot of both airplanes and rotorcraft, and is an FAA-approved IA renewal instructor.
In Kerrick’s tenure in the helicopter world, he has seen rotor blades evolve from carefully matched wooden blades, to metal-skinned blades, to today’s composite blades. One of his fellow IAC cofounders said of Kerrick that he will be most remembered for “his relentless dedication to the education of pilots and mechanics on the maintenance of their rotor blades.”
The Salute to Excellence Awards will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence Awards dinner during HAI HELI-EXPO 2016. HAI HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest trade show and exhibition dedicated to vertical aviation, will be held in the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, February 29 – March 3, with the exhibit hall open March 1–3.
Helicopter Association International is a professional trade association representing some 3,500 members around the globe in more than 70 nations. HAI members safely operate more than 5,000 helicopters approximately 2.5 million hours each year. HAI is dedicated to the promotion of the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce and to the advancement of the international helicopter community.