HAI Announces Recipient of the 2006 Helicopter Maintenance Award

HAI is pleased to introduce this year’s Helicopter Maintenance Award recipient, Mr. Glen Cornett. Cornett graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics and received his license in 1964. He has been a big part of PHI, Inc. As the Director of Maintenance, he oversees the maintenance program for PHI’s worldwide operation and is responsible for the company’s Lafayette repair facility, including component and engine overhaul, quality assurance, engineering, and airframe rebuild.

His first assignment out of school was maintaining a fleet of three Hughes 269 helicopters set up for agriculture spraying. Cornett then went on to work for PHI, Inc., formally known as Petroleum Helicopters Inc. where he has served for 42 years and counting. Cornett began his work for the company as a line mechanic, and then moved to maintenance management. Cornett enjoyed two tours in Columbia, South America, working with Bell 204s, performing pipeline construction and heli-rig movements. He has worked in conjunction with NASA at their Wallops Island, Virginia facility in the late 1960's, which included early testing of the LTV tilt-wing aircraft and the British Harrier. He has provided maintenance support of a Bell 204 for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Alaska. Cornett has been involved in developing a maintenance program for the PT6 engine that allowed PHI, in conjunction with Pratt & Whitney Canada to extend its basic TBO to 7,250 hours without an interim hot-end inspection.

Cornett has worked on fleet programs (Bell, Sikorsky, and Eurocopter) and has served on customer advisory committees and maintenance review steering groups. Cornett mentors and serves as a positive role model to hundreds of other helicopter maintenance professionals. These students can take pride that they have learned from the best.

All winners will be recognized at HELI-EXPO 2007’s annual “Salute to Excellence” Awards Celebration on March 2, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. in Orlando, Florida. For more information about the 2007 “Salute to Excellence” Awards Celebration, contact HAI’s Communications Department at 703-683-4646, fax: 703-683-4745, or email: rotor@rotor.com. For more information on HELI-EXPO 2007, visit www.heliexpo.com,/p>

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