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mostly helicopters in the area being oper- ated by coal mining companies. In the late ‘80s, George’s two sons took over the busi- ness. The sons changed the name to Heli- copter Aviation Services Corporation (HAS) and grew the business significantly when it became a Bell Helicopter Completion Cen- ter. During the HAS era, the company be- came very well known for buying used airframes, refurbishing them, and customiz- ing them for corporate helicopter operators. In their hey-day, HAS Corporation had over 150 employees performing all manner of MRO and completions work.


In the early 2000s, as business often does, the pendulum swung in the opposite direc- tion as a result of several events. In addition to financial weakening in the aftermath of 9/11, HAS lost a solid revenue stream as a


result of Bell Helicopter’s changing busi- ness model. At the time, it was the trend for helicopter OEMs to purchase companies and convert them into their own completion centers. However, when Bell purchased Ed-


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Completions • Customizing • Avionics Maintenance • Repair / Overhaul • Paint


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