25-Feb-2015 Source: Breeze Eastern
Breeze Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), today announced plans to partner with Priority 1 Air Rescue for customer training. Under the terms of the 36-month service agreement, Breeze-Eastern’s commercial and military customers have the option to choose Priority 1 for operational hoist and winch training. Breeze-Eastern will continue to offer its own maintenance training, and Priority 1 will still provide customized and comprehensive training programs for all helicopter platforms and any hoist or winch system.
“This is an exceptional agreement because Priority 1 shares our commitment to leveraging innovation to improve every aspect of the rescue mission,” said Brad Pedersen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Breeze-Eastern. “Together our companies offer unprecedented levels of mission expertise and understanding. Without question, working with Priority 1 will significantly improve the training experience for the Breeze-Eastern user community.”
“Priority 1 is proud to partner with Breeze-Eastern, and our team looks forward to jointly improving the safety, effectiveness and uniformity of rescue missions worldwide,” said Patrick Dennis, Senior Vice President-Training Solutions, Priority 1. “Our training techniques and programs are proven and refined in the field, and add an important dimension of value to Breeze-Eastern and its customers.” Dennis added that Priority 1’s operational and classroom training may be provided at the customer’s location or at its Mesa, Ariz., complex and may be tailored to meet specific mission requirements.
The new approach to training is an example of how Pedersen is leveraging Breeze-Eastern’s position as the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist to continually improve and innovate. “We are 100% focused on hoists and winches,” Pedersen said. “It’s not one small part of what we do – it’s all we do. That’s why we are making aggressive changes and advances to bring customer- and mission-centric improvements to our products and services.”
In 2014, Breeze-Eastern unveiled a series of planned rescue hoist product enhancements and sensor integration concepts designed to improve situational awareness for rescue mission crews. Breeze-Eastern will provide a technology development update to the industry at Heli-Expo 2015 (Exhibit 4032). Priority 1 will also exhibit at the event (2815). Experts from both companies will be available to discuss the new training program options.
Breeze-Eastern Corporation is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance lifting and pulling devices for helicopters, military cargo aircraft, and other aerospace/defense platforms, including rescue hoists, winches and cargo hooks, and weapons-lifting systems.
About Priority 1 Air Rescue
Priority 1 Air Rescue, commonly referred to as the “One Stop SAR Shop” is solely focused on Helicopter Search and Rescue and Tactical Operations and Training. With over 15 years of experience, Priority 1 Air Rescue has provided industry-leading SAR and Tactical training to over 3,500 Civilian and Military Pilots and Crews worldwide. In addition to its full time training and support staff, Priority 1 Air Rescue provides full time Hoist system Operators, Helicopter Rescue Specialists and Paramedics for SAR/ Medevac programs providing 24/7, 365 days coverage on federal/state contracts in North America. More information: Contact us at info@Priority1AirRescue.com