MESA, Arizona (November 11, 2014) – 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.