Keystone Med-Flight LLC announces new Vice President of Operations

MORGANTOWN, Pa., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Keystone Med-Flight LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, today announced it has appointed Christopher Bassett as the company's new Vice President of Operations.

Chris Bassett is a well-known and respected aviation professional with over 25 years of experience in rotorcraft flight operations management. Chris was most recently the vice president of operations for Air Methods Corporation. At Air Methods, Mr. Bassett was responsible for flight operations, safety and FAA compliance for over 300 base sites and 1400 pilots. 

Prior to Air Methods, Mr. Bassett was the president and founder of Airlift Helicopters in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Bassett's arrival at Keystone Med-Flight signifies the company's commitment to the market and its customers as it continues to develop and build its management team. 

Paul Rayhill, President of Keystone Med-Flight, said, "We are all very excited to have another seasoned professional join our Air Medical team. We welcome him aboard and look forward to reaping the benefits his experience will bring."

Mr. Bassett replaces Jack Hustwit, who was a co-founder of Keystone Med-Flight as well as its Director of Operations. Mr. Hustwit will continue to be involved with Hawke Aerospace in spearheading the implementation of FAA's voluntary Safety Management System for all of Hawke Aerospace.

Joseph Hawke, Chairman and CEO of Hawke Aerospace, Keystone Med-Flight's parent company said, "We are delighted to have Chris join the team and want to thank Jack for his very valuable contributions to Keystone Med-Flight's development. I look forward to working closely with both Chris and Jack as we demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the highest levels of safety and quality across the full continuum of the flight services and MRO service offerings that we provide to our customers."

About Keystone Med Flight

Based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Keystone Med-Flight is an FAA Certified Air Carrier and is wholly owned by Hawke Aerospace Holdings, LLC. Keystone provides the highest quality air medical operations, management, consulting and maintenance services.  Keystone currently operates four aircraft, including two brand new Agusta SPIFR A109E helicopters, under contract to Tenet Healthcare Corp./Hahnemann University Hospital's MidAtlantic Medevac program.

For additional information contact: Rick Hinkle at 717-961-5015 or email:

Media Contact: Rick Hinkle Hawke Aerospace Group, 717-961-5015 ext 1411,

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