EagleMed adds Eurocopter to fleet

EagleMed LLC critical care air medical transport will take delivery later this month of a new Eurocopter AS350 AStar helicopter, expertly outfitted by Metro Aviation Inc. with the most advanced aviation technology and latest life-saving medical equipment.

This new helicopter joins EagleMed's state-of-the-art emergency air medical transport fleet dedicated to serving rural America. EagleMed selected the Eurocopter AS350 AStar, a field-proven and highly dependable aircraft, as an integral step in the company's continuing modernization of its air medical transport fleet.

"Acquisition of this new helicopter with the latest in aviation and emergency life-saving technologies is part of an ongoing commitment to providing safe, world-class patient care," said EagleMed President Larry Bugg.

Metro Aviation, of Shreveport, La., configured the AStar's medical interior, which includes a quick-change litter, a transfill oxygen system, medical inverter system, and flip-up seats enhancing the aircraft's versatility.

The AS350 is also equipped with night vision and Cobham's HeliSAS digital autopilot. The integrated system dramatically reduces pilot workload during demanding special mission applications.

The AS350 AStar is a single-engine helicopter with the best performance in its category. Its high performance, enhanced maneuverability and reduced pilot workload make American Eurocopter's AS350 the preferred rotary-wing aircraft for air medical services. It flies with a crew of three: a pilot and two emergency medical clinicians.

Area officers among graduates

Hutchinson Community College President Ed Berger congratulated 47 new law enforcement officers during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on Oct. 4.

The new officers were members of the 225th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education.

Area graduates are as follows: Mitchell Grover, a deputy at the Stanton County Sheriff's Office in Johnson City; Diego Mancillas, a patrol officer at the Holcomb Police Department in Holcomb; and Mark Ringer, a deputy at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Syracuse.

The graduates, who began their training June 24, represented 33 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.

Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, the state's law enforcement licensing authority. The training course fulfills the state requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and hands-on applications help train officers to solve the increasingly complex problems they face in the line of duty.

McCartney joins Sunflower

Electric Power Corp.

Sunflower has announce that Brad McCartney has joined the company as an engine-operator technician I at Rubart Station in Ulysses.

He joined the company on Nov. 11. He will operate, maintain and repair reciprocating engines and other generation station equipment, as well as perform or assist in the diagnosis and repair of mechanical electrical, instrument and control equipment.