Air Evac Lifeteam has staked its claim as now being the largest Part 135 aviation operator to receive a Diamond Maintenance Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA’s St Louis Flight Standards District Office presented the award on 14 March at the air ambulance provider’s corporate headquarters in O’Fallon, Missouri, US.
Seth Myers, president of Air Evac Lifeteam, commended the helicopter mechanics on the outstanding accomplishment: “This award demonstrates the commitment and dedication our maintenance professionals have. Air Evac benefits from this commitment every day.”
DJ Bates, assistant director of maintenance for Air Evac Lifeteam, said that all 166 of the company’s mechanics completed 100 per cent of the training required to achieve the Diamond Maintenance Award. Bates added: “To receive the Diamond award, our mechanics first had to complete core courses. They went above and beyond, and completed more than 40 hours of training to achieve the Silver Award. In fact, three mechanics [Greg Glover, Ian Jenkins, Ronald Wilkes] achieved the Gold Award.”
Willie Heredia, manager of the St Louis Flight Standards District Office, said he is proud of the collaborative efforts between Air Evac’s maintenance department and the FAA Safety Team: “This Diamond Award certifies that 166 maintenance professionals met a perfect 100 per cent of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Award training goals. This accomplishment shows Air Evac’s continuous commitment to safety.”