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2016 Hank Hilsmann Maintenance Award

2016 Hank Hilsmann Maintenance Award

Stewart Solbrig

Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Methodist AirCare 1 – San Antonio, TX

The winner of the 2016 Hank Hilsmann Maintenance Award was the master of maintenance himself, Stewart Solbrig. To learn a little bit more about Stewart we decided to talk to Regional Maintenance Manager for Texas and Southern California, Tim Cruise.

Why do you think Stewart was so deserving of the Hank Hilsmann Maintenance award?

To put it simply, Stewart is great at what he does. He has a long history of exceptional performance as an AMT under his belt. As the AMT III in the Texas region, he leads by example. Stewart is always stepping up to get things done and as one of his co-workers put it, “he is the wind beneath our wings.”

What do you appreciate most about working with Stewart?

I greatly appreciate his honesty and his fairness.

Using just one word, how would you describe Stewart?


A few of Stewart’s peers also had some nice things to say about him:

Stewart is always available, constantly striving for personal and professional improvement, and always honest. He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of aviation maintenance and is willing to share his expertise with others. He is a good-natured person who takes the time to always do it right the first time, every time. His guidance and advice are sought out by other AMTs, pilots, crewmembers and leadership.
Stewart is amazing. He is always spot on. He doesn’t accept excuses. He is timely, attentive, kind and always works like a dog. I know things are done right if he has done them and I know that I can always go to him if I need a helping hand.
Stewart recognizes his important role in the smooth operation of every mission and works diligently to ensure the safety of our crews and the patients we serve. He is known for his selfless expression for upholding safety and works to include the medical crew and pilots in all conversations pertaining to aircraft status, checks or scheduled/unscheduled maintenance. Everyone rests easier knowing that Stewart is overseeing day-to-day tasks.

Pictured: REACH Director of Maintenance Andy Danovaro with Aircraft Maintenance Technician Stewart Solbrig.