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Rodney Wysong Makes Final Completion

Some children grow up in the shadow of their parents, walking gently in their footsteps. Others emerge from the shadows to achieve greatness. Rodney Wysong spent countless hours as a kid shuffling around hangars, playing in avionics shops, and sitting in helicopters. He emerged as a man that helped build a family legacy. Rodney, known once simply as Steve Wysong’s kid, rose from the shadows, built a strong reputation for helping customers, and turned the tables so Steve became known as Rodney’s dad.

As vice president of the company,

Rodney traveled

all across the world, helping move Wysong Enterprises Inc. from a small avionics shop that worked on electronic news gathering


to an internationally known maintenance, repair, and overhaul shop. Completions was Rodney’s passion.

After years of helping others

complete their aircraft, Rodney made one final completion. After a three-year battle with brain cancer, Rodney Wysong, 35, completed his journey on Earth Sunday, April 17, 2016.

were able to see the world together and share our passion for helicopters. I am extremely blessed to have shared this dream together with him.”

“Some fathers never have a chance to spend time with their children because of their career,” said Steve Wysong. “I spent my entire career working and building this business with Rodney.

I shared more

time with my son in 35 years than many parents spend in an entire lifetime with their children. From the time he was old enough to go to the office with me, he was tagging along and learning the business. We have been to countless cities, trade shows, and events. We

Many industry people recall seeing Rodney as a young boy in the hangar and then later as a young executive. “Rodney was an amazing young man that had a ceaseless passion for his family and his business,” said Dallas Avionics Vice President of Sales Scott Davis, the son of the late Dallas Avionics founder Johnny Davis. “Rodney and I shared in common growing up in the aviation business around our dads. No matter how large the industry seems at times, this industry is still driven by small businesses and we are all family. The loss of Rodney is not only a loss to the Wysong family, but also to the entire industry.”

“Rodney Wysong was a remarkable young man that truly loved this industry,” said Aviation Specialties Unlimited owners Mike and Chris Atwood. “Rodney was a hard- working, energetic, likable young man. He was a great

example for others on what it means to work hard and take nothing for granted. Our entire team at ASU enjoyed working with Rodney over the years and traveling to Tennessee for projects. He and his father are like family to us, and countless others in the industry were impacted by his life.”

Larry Krieg, FLIR’s Southeast sales manager for airborne products, worked with Rodney for 20 years. “I started working with him when he was just a

teenager,” said grow. He

has been incredible to watch Rodney

Krieg. was

It a

man of integrity and treated everyone the same. Whether it was a small mounting system or a multimillion-dollar deal, Rodney always worked hard to make sure everyone was taken care of. It was really cool to watch this little kid from Tennessee grow into a man that was comfortable in any business environment. I learned as much from Rodney as I think he learned from me over the years working together.”

Erickson Heavy Lift Services Contracted to Electrify Canadian Mining Operations

Erickson Incorporated has been contracted by Rokstad Power Ltd. for heavy lift delivery services to Brucejack Mine in Stewart, British Columbia.

“This project showcases the specialized utility of the Aircrane in a remote location at high elevations,” said Rob Lewis, vice president of commercial aviation services. “Our pilots and crews are especially skilled in this type of heavy-lift cargo transportation over rugged terrain and precision placement capabilities.”

Utilizing the S64 Erickson Aircrane, the company will be transporting heavy equipment, moving materials, and

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providing precision placement services. The Aircrane will fly roughly 7,500 tons of heavy materials over elevations


6,000 feet to the job site based in steep, mountainous terrain. Erickson will transport steel and concrete for the construction of electrical transmission towers in addition to lifting and placing towers into position to electrify the mining operations.

Erickson has several Aircranes providing aerial support for timber harvesting operations in British Columbia. The company has worked in Canada for more than 30 years, making it the company’s longest-served international market.

Earlier this year, Erickson entered a new international market when it was selected for a similar electrical tower construction

project in India. Working with Sterlite Grid, India’s largest private developer of independent power transmission systems, Erickson will fly building materials in the Pir Pinjal mountain range between elevations of 9,000 feet and 12,000 feet This project will involve erecting 1,150 towers over a 450-kilometer transmission line.

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