More detail on this person: Helicopter accident while landing on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico
flying for Air Logistics.The staff of HAI is saddened by the death of Bill Dvorak, of Air Logistics.
Mr. Dvorak died in a helicopter accident on August 17, 2005 while landing on an oil rig in the Gulf
of Mexico. He was a member of HAI's Technical Committee, as well as a former Chairman of the
committee. Mr. Dvorak first began flying while in the U.S. Army. He was a Warrant Officer serving
as a pilot on helicopters flying medical evacuation flights in Vietnam. During his tour of duty,
his helicopter was shot down. Mr. Dvorak was awarded the Army Air Medal 11 times and a Purple
Heart. Mr. Dvorak left the Army in 1972 as a Captain.
Mr. Dvorak graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he received his Air Frame and Power Plant Mechanic rating. Mr. Dvorak then worked as a helicopter pilot flying to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, herding cattle on ranches in Texas with his helicopter, performing helicopter utilities patrols, and he worked as a helicopter mechanic. He was also elected to the Rialto City Council, while living in California. Mr. Dvorak was most recently employed with Air Logistics, in New Iberia, Louisiana.
A grave side and committee service was held on Monday, August 22, at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Full Military Honors were provided by the Tennessee National Guard. Mr. Dvorak is survived by his wife, Dona Peifer Dvorak, their sons, LTJG William Travis Dvorak (U.S. Navy) and Josh Dvorak, and his parents, William John Dorothy Sobeck Dvorak. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dvorak Family.
From Ardis T. Ashton, Jr., Transportation Policy Manager, HAI
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