Sandel, Proud Sponsor of the Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award, Congratulates Derek Weeden
February 26, 2014, Anaheim, CA –Helicopter Maintenance magazine, the number one publication for helicopter maintenance professionals, announces that Derek Weeden has been selected as its 2013 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award recipient.
Weeden is a helicopter mechanic for DynCorp International, working at the company’s McClellan, CA facility. He has 30 years experience working on helicopters.
After serving for six years in the Army, mostly in the Air Cavalry, Weeden spent about a year working for a crop duster in Central California. He says, “I was fortunate enough to get a job working as a contractor on Air Force HH-1H’s at Hill AFB in Ogden, Utah.” After three years there, he heard through the grapevine that a facility was being created to maintain the California Department of Forestry’s fleet of UH-1F helicopters as well as building their replacements. That was a fleet of modified UH-1Hs, later called Super Hueys. He was excited to be accepted at the beginning of that project, and has remained there for the last 23 years.
Weeden was presented with a trophy and a check for $8,000 at a ceremony at Helicopter Maintenance magazine’s booth at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 on February 26.