12-Nov-2014 Source: Able Aerospace
Able Aerospace Services is expanding its partnership with O’Fallon, Missouri-based Air Evac Lifeteam. As part of the expanded partnership, Air Evac will transition the airframe maintenance/upgrades currently completed in Air Evac’s West Plains Completion Center to Able’s facility in Mesa, Arizona. Upgrades will include Garmin glass cockpits and HeliSAS autopilot systems. Additionally, Able will incorporate Air Evac’s EMS mission specific equipment on new aircraft deliveries from Bell Helicopter.
Air Evac currently operates the Bell 206L and Bell 407 at 116 bases in 15 states, providing 24-hour air medical services for rural and medically underserved communities.
“Able’s relationship with Air Evac has steadily expanded over the last 10 years. Supporting them through a fleet-wide avionics/autopilot upgrade represents a natural progression of the partnership. We were able to offer them declining costs over five years and they offer us a large volume of stable repetitive work. It’s truly a win-win proposition,” said Able Aerospace Services CEO and President, Lee Benson.
As Air Evac’s West Plains facility is retired, Able holds key interest in the skills/experience possessed by the employees there. Able held a successful on-site job fair at the West Plains facility last week to recruit displaced Air Evac employees interested in relocation to Able’s Mesa campus.
About Able Aerospace Services
Able Aerospace Services is one of the world’s leading aerospace repair, overhaul, design and manufacturing facilities. Able combines more than 32 years of dynamic component repair and overhaul experience with a staff of approximately 450 employees, including more than 30 engineers, and a large spares inventory. Able’s mission is to safely reduce aircraft operating costs by providing resourceful component repair, overhaul and approved replacement parts solutions.
About Air Evac Lifeteam
Air Evac Lifeteam, an air medical service, provides rapid access to definitive healthcare for those who live in medically underserved areas. Flight crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the scene of an emergency, or provide transportation between medical facilities. Air Evac Lifeteam currently operates 116 bases in 15 states. For more information, visit www.lifeteam.net.