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serve in eastern North Carolina with Metro Aviation." Vidant Medical Transport will transi­ tion from its previous operator to Metro Aviation on November 1, 2013. ◆

American Eurocopter Names Samuel Adcock as Vice President – General Manager of its Mississippi Production Plant

American Eurocopter has named Samuel Adcock to the position of Vice President – General Manager of the company’s helicopter production plant in Columbus, Mississippi.

Adcock assumed his new role October 7. He will oversee all operations at the plant, will be a member of the American Eurocopter Executive Committee and report directly to President and Chief Executive Marc Paganini.

“I’m pleased to have such an experi­ enced executive like Sam available to take over leadership of our Columbus plant,” said Paganini. “Sam will guide our Columbus operation as we contin­ ue to serve our U.S. government cus­ tomers and prepare to expand our pro­ duction for the commercial helicopter market.”

American Eurocopter recently announced that it will install a full assembly line in Columbus for produc­ tion of the AS350 commercial helicop­ ter beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014. AS350 assembly will be in addition to the UH­72A Lakota, which is pro­ duced in Columbus for the U.S. Army. Earl Walker, currently Senior Director and General Manager in Columbus, will assume the new position of Senior Director, Government Relations and will report to Adcock. “There is an increasing need for American Eurocopter to devote time and atten­ tion to enhancing relationships with

government at all levels, as well as local communities, and I have asked Earl to focus full time on these efforts,” said Paganini. Walker joined American Eurocopter in 2006 as Manager of Human Resources for the Columbus facility and assumed the role of Senior Director and General Manager in 2010. He is a native of Mississippi and has a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University.

Adcock has been EADS North America Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. In this role, he has been accountable for business strategy, merger and acquisi­ tion activities, all business develop­ ment efforts related to the U.S. gov­ ernment and foreign military sales. He previously served as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for EADS North America and was directly responsible for all interactions with the U.S. government for regulatory and legislative matters. ◆

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Obtains Unrestricted STC for Cessna 206 Refurbishes ASU Owned Aircraft

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) added a new fixed wing STC to its grow­ ing list of fixed wing aircraft STCs after successfully completing NVIS STC Lighting Installation on their own Cessna 206 Aircraft.

This is the first unrestricted NVG STC issued for a Cessna that allows for the use of NVGs during take off and landing in the United States. Earlier in the year, ASU also announced another unrestrict­ ed STC for both Transport Canada and the FAA on a King Air 200 being operat­ ed in Canada with the same take off and landing with NVG capabilities.

“The addition of this STC paves the way for fixed wing pilots to add anoth­ er layer of safety that they previously did not have,” said ASU Chief Pilot and training instructor Justin Watlington. “Private aircraft are often flown in areas of low light and visibility. With the NVGs, pilots will be able to look for potential hazards and avoid them.” In addition to the NVIS modification on the ASU owned Cessna, the aircraft also received new Aspen Avionics EFD1000 and MFD 1000, Garmin GNS 430 GPS / Nav/comm, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel with integrated marker bea­ con receiver/indicator, Garmin GNC 225 Nav/comm, Garmin GTX 330 transpon­ der, Free Flight Radio/Radar Altimeter and Davtron digital chronometer. Several exterior and cosmetic changes were also made to the Cessna. Aero LED Nav/Position lights, Knots 2U wingtip landing and taxi lights, Whelen LED Anti collision light, Selkirk Aviation Fiberglass interior panels that include glareshield, Ameirking 28 VDC power converter, LP Aeroplastics one piece windscreen, new paint, powder coated interior seat frames, new leather interior seats, new headliner and carpet, new yokes with ASU logos stitched into leather center pads and improved pilot PTT features on C­Plt side as well as in the yoke map lights, new rubber door seals and pneu­ matic door openers were also added. The modified and remodeled C206 gives ASU the ability to also train fixed wing pilots on NVGs at ASU’s Boise, headquarters.

ASU now holds fixed wing STCs for NVGs on the Cessna 206, Cessna 208 Caravan, CASA C212, DHC­6 Twin Otter and the King Air 200. ◆ 13

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