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STORY, PHOTOS, AND VIDEO BY LYN BURKS


One of the buzzwords used on TV by the politicians and talking heads is the word paradigm. In fact, using the word in a sen- tence over a beer with buddies may cause their impression of your IQ to go up a cou- ple points. We commonly hear the pundits say things like, “It’s the new paradigm” or “The paradigm has shifted.” Looking closer at the word paradigm, we see it means “a pattern of something; a model.”


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Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC) has been in the helicopter business since 1976. Given their longstanding reputation as a model for quality, having the word par- adigm as part of their name nearly four decades later almost seems prophetic. A paradigm shift on the other hand is de- fined as “a radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view.” For example, Isaac Newton created one paradigm shift in physics, and then Albert Einstein created an- other when he forever changed the way we view time and space. As most paradigms do eventually shift over time, so it was for


PAC when Metro Aviation purchased it in 2012. With over 70 years experience in the helicopter industry between them, it seems a perfect fit for these two well-established mature companies to have merged.


PAC WAS NOT ALWAYS PAC


PAC’s roots go back to 1976. Decades before it ever became PAC, it was known as Western Pennsylvania Helicopter Serv- ice. Started by George Wagner, the helicop- ter maintenance facility in Mt. Pleasant, a rural farm town in Pennsylvania, serviced


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