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Able Aerospace, Air Evac Lifestream expand union

November 13, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 13, 2014, Mesa, Az. - 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 H
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 Mes



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