KELOWNA – Carson Air has been awarded a 10-year fixed wing Medevac contract for almost $200 million by the province.
The contract for Carson Air, a primary providers of fixed wing air ambulance service in the province, is for a fleet of new King Air aircraft to service the all of BC, and includes a full motion stimulator, pilot training and operational support. It will make EIC one of the largest King Air operators in the world.
“EIC is excited to expand our medevac business with one of our largest long term government contracts in our history,” said Mike Pyle, CEO of Exchange Income Corporation (EIC), which owns Carson Air. “Historically this work in British Columbia has been divided into multiple contracts with different suppliers. Carson Air has now been awarded a contract to provide medevac services throughout the province evidencing the quality of its work and the confidence placed in Carson Air by the British Columbia government.”
Pyle states that EIC has contracted directly with the OEM to purchase the new King Air aircraft, and it will take a period of time to obtain them and modify them with state-of-the-art medical interiors.
Carmele Peter, President of EIC, adds “The aircraft will be phased into service once received and when the medevac conversions are complete. It is important to note the existing fleet of aircraft utilized in British Columbia are still in very good condition and will be deployed in other aviation opportunities in Canada.”
Founded in 1990, Carson Air provides fixed wing air ambulance services, air cargo services, and operates a flight school. These services are collectively provided from its three bases in Kelowna, Vancouver and Calgary.
By Mark MacDonald