Dana Kerrick Honored With Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award

IAC Ltd. Co-founder Dana Kerrick Honored
With Lifetime Achievement Award at HAI Salute to Excellence Dinner

Becky Swanson – Contributing Author
Louisville, KY, March 2, 2016 – Amid a sea of bejeweled evening gowns and perky fascinators, bowler hats and bow ties, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) hosted a gathering of vertical aviation’s movers and shakers on Wednesday March, 2, 2016, to honor the industry’s finest. The 55th Annual HAI Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner held during the 2016 Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, was an Oscars-meets-Kentucky Derby evening, complete with a bluegrass band and “Call to the Post” from a red-uniformed horn blower from Churchill Downs.

Dana Receiving Bell Hlicopter Lifetime Achievment Award
Dana With His Wife Paulene at Award Ceremony

Dana Kerrick, the recently retired co-founder of IAC Ltd., was honored with the Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award. Kerrick was all smiles at the awards dinner with his wife, Paulene at his side when he was presented the award with all the fanfare of a major motion-picture award ceremony. Dana Kerrick has spent a lifetime serving the aviation industry. For more than 5 ½ decades, Kerrick has worked as a military and civilian maintenance specialist, civilian pilot, flight instructor, air taxi operator, and pioneer in helicopter rotor blade composites.

Kerrick is recognized throughout the industry as one of the foremost experts in rotor blade inspection, maintenance, and repair, and has written extensively for numerous helicopter maintenance and aviation publications. Kerrick’s course on rotor blade preventive maintenance has been part of the rotor safety challenge since its inception at Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.
Dana With Mr. & Mrs. Schwarzbach
Dana with Dan and Amy Schwarzbach at Award Ceremony

Kerrick began his aviation career in the US Air Force working on B-52s. He re-entered 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 inspection authority renewal instructor.

Outside of work, Kerrick volunteered as part of the San Joaquin County, California, Sheriff’s Air Posse for 40 years, flying both helicopters and airplanes in support of department operations.

Herman Bevelhimer, one of Kerrick’s fellow IAC co-founders, said, “Dana will be most remembered for his relentless dedication to the education of pilots and mechanics on the maintenance of their rotor blades.”

On a final note, Dana Kerrick currently serves as a member of the IAHMP Board of Directors and it is with great pleasure that we also offer our congratulations to him for a career very well done.

Becky Swanson is the Technical Publications Manager for IAC Ltd. and has been in aerospace documentation longer than she cares to admit. Prior to joining the technical publications world, Becky was a newspaper and magazine journalist. She lives “out west” of Ft. Worth, Texas, with her son, dogs, and horses. She is president of the Wild West Mounted Shooters and is an enthusiastic participant in the fast-paced equine sport of mounted shooting.