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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