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August 2012. Shipment of the EC145’s to STAT MedEvac will mark the 65th and 66th EC145’s to be completed by Metro Aviation, Inc. in its near­ ly 30­year history. ◆

Wysong Enterprises, Inc. Delivers New Bell 407 Helicopter Completion to Air Evac Lifeteam

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) announced from the Air Medical Transport Conference that they delivered a new Bell 407 EMS Helicopter to Missouri based Air Evac EMS, Inc., (Air Evac Lifeteam) the largest independently owned and operated air med­ ical service provider in the United States.

Air Evac

Lifeteam operates more than 110 Bell 206 Long Ranger air­ craft in their fleet and a hand­ ful of Bell 407s. This is the first new Bell 407 in their fleet. The completion work included a custom paint scheme, com­ plete avionics system, airframe kits, and numerous safety sys­

tems as well as a complete emergency medical interior. “We have customized four air­ craft for Air Evac Lifeteam over the last year,” said Vice President of Wysong Enterprises, Inc., Rodney Wysong. “This is the first new aircraft we have com­ pleted for them. Our team worked tirelessly to complete the aircraft in approximately 60­calendar days instead of the typical 90. The quicker we get aircraft back to our customers the sooner it is back in opera­ tions adding to our customer’s bottom line. We strive to pro­ vide the best services, options, and rapid turn times,” Wysong added.

“The completion of this Bell 407, along with other Bell 407s we plan to add in the future, will aid our company as we work to provide increased access to health care to other rural communities in need,” said Seth Myers, President of Air Evac Lifeteam. “We look forward to our continued part­ nership with Wysong Enterprises as we continue our mission,” Myers noted. Wysong has completed approximately 30 EMS 407s for various customers throughout the world. ◆

Embry Riddle


University Receives Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Donation from L-3 Communications Inc.

Students in Embry­Riddle Aeronautical University’s Helicopter Specialty Degree program will be even more well­prepared for work in the helicopter industry, thanks in part to L­3 Communications. L3 has generously donated

to Embry­Riddle Aeronautical University a set of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) to be used with­ in the Bachelor of Aeronautical Science Helicopter Speciality degree program. Embry­Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz. campus will using the L­3 NVGs in the advanced course, “Environmental Helicopter Operations” where the stu­ dents learn about operating


helicopters in adverse weather and other condi­

tions, including day, night, and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) operations.

With the ever­increasing focus on NVGs in commercial aviation, this donation sup­ ports the next generation of helicopter pilots who will be using our products in the future.

According to Assistant Professor Bryan Cox, “NVGs are playing an ever increasing role in night helicopter opera­ tions. We are pleased to have NVGs and L­3 supporting our students. It provides not only hands­on training but the field trip to L­3 also gives students an appreciation for emerging technology they will undoubt­ edly be using in the helicopter industry.” ◆


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