Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Air Evac's Jackson helicopter crew celebrates more than 5,000 safe flights

 The crew at Air Evac Lifeteam Base 7 in Jackson was presented with a special tail rotor to honor 5,000 safe flights completed. The base was established in Jackson in 1998.

The pilots, flight nurses and paramedics who work at Tennessee’s first Air Evac station celebrated a major milestone today — more than 5,000 missions flown safely.

Stacey Wilson, the program director for Air Evac Lifeteam’s base, in Jackson said that is an impressive achievement.

“Maybe five to eight percent of bases have reached 5,000 flights,” he said. “The most impressive thing is ‘safely.’ We’ve done 5,000 ‘safely.’”

Air Evac EMS Inc., which operates Air Evac Lifeteam, is the largest independently owned and operated, membership-supported air medical service in the United States, according to the company’s website.

Wilson presented the crew with a special tail rotor that included the details of the crew’s flight record: “Jackson, Tennessee AE 7, Estb. July 1, 1998.” On the rotor is the motto “Semper Salus,” Latin for “Always Safe.”

The milestone was met in 2007. The recognition today was when the company made it official with the tail rotor, Wilson said.

“We’re probably way over 5,000 now,” he said. “But this is still a big accomplishment.”

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