Mike Dwyer, helicopter maintenance director for transport services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Arkansas Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year Award.
Established by the FAA and presented by the facility manager for the Little Rock Flight Standards Office, the award is an annual competition for the best of the best when it comes to aviation maintenance in the state of Arkansas.
The 15-year-old award was designed to promote the formula that knowledge plus professionalism equals safety. Dwyer was nominated by his subordinates and peers to compete against other candidates throughout the state.
According to a hospital spokesman, Dwyer’s efforts and vision for the Angel One maintenance team also made it possible for transport services to play a vital role in the evacuation of neonatal and pediatric patients from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and throughout Texas after Hurricane Rita. These evacuations–which brought a total of 25 patients to safety–involved remote basing of an aircraft more than 500 miles from Little Rock over several days.