We Have a Winner!

Last year, our editor Fred Polak had an idea – why not launch a Helicopter Maintenance magazine Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award? We started discussing the idea, and decided to give it a go. With the help of our Editorial Advisory Board, a set of guidelines for the award applicants was developed, and the award was officially announced last August, with a deadline of December 31st for award nominations. Well, I am proud to announce that we have a winner. The recipient of Helicopter Maintenance magazine’s 2013 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award is…..

Sorry, we’re not ready to officially announce the winner yet. The winner has been notified and will be traveling to HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 in Anaheim, CA to receive the award. If you are going to be at the show, you can see the award presentation at the Helicopter Maintenance magazine booth #8050 on Wednesday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m.

We would like to thank all of those who submitted nominations for our award. Based on the success of the inaugural award, you can bet we’ll be doing it again! We will be announcing details for our 2014 Mechanic of the Year Award this summer, so get those pencils sharpened and computers warmed up and get ready to submit your nominations!

We would also like to thank our sponsors. We appreciate their generous contributions towards this award. The sponsors for the 2013 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award are:

Advanced Aircraft Maintenance


Airborne Engines

Bell Helicopters

Concorde Battery

Cool City Avionics

Duncan Aviation

ECT Inc.

Helicopter Specialties Inc.

MD Helicopters Inc.

Metro Aviation

Premier Turbines


Vector Aerospace

If your company is interested in helping sponsor our 2014 award, please contact Fred Polak at fpolak@HelicopterMaintenanceMagazine.com for more information.

I would also like to thank our Editorial Advisory Board members. This group of volunteers is amazing, and we thank them for their time in helping steer the editorial content of the magazine, and for their extra effort in helping select our award winner.

If you are going to be at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014, we encourage you to take a few minutes to stop by our booth #8050 and say hi. We welcome the opportunity to talk and get your feedback on the magazine. After all, this is YOUR magazine. We want to hear your article ideas and thoughts on how we can continue to make Helicopter Maintenance magazine even better.

See you in Anaheim!

Thanks for reading!

— Joe Escobar