Scorpion Seduces

New Summit Air Ambulance provides long-distance transport

Air Force to develop a large (4.6 ton) UAV (Reaper) that often replaces fighters (F-16s and F-15s) and ground attack (A-10s) aircraft and does the job more cheaply. Defense manufacturer Textron partnered with the original investors as a private venture to develop and manufacture the Scorpion mainly for export. Scorpion is a two-seat, twin-engine aircraft that can carry 2.8 tons of weapons. Endurance is about five hours per sortie and, perhaps most important, the aircraft only costs $3,000 an hour to fly.
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Lawrence hasnt played much tournament golf as he prepares for college tryouts, prefering to practice, practice and practice at Stamford (Vt.) Country Club — his parents own the course — and Taconic Golf Club. “Ive been working on my short game the most and on trying to hit it longer,” said Lawrence, who is no stranger to perseverence and hard work. Under coach Don Dagnoli, the Blue Devils went from winless to the countys best team in four years.
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Its kind of opened up the door, and theres a lot more resources now, he said of Summit coming to Helena. These communities have recognized that that level of service is beneficial. When youve got somebody (who is) critical, time is a factor, he said. With the new aircraft, flight crews can transport critical patients to almost any airport in the state in 80 minutes or fewer with the capability to fly to major trauma centers in Seattle or Salt Lake City in just about two hours. Additionally, the use of a fixed-wing aircraft allows the crew to provide the same level of care that a patient would receive in a hospitals Intensive Care Unit with the added benefit of a pressurized cabin and a smoother flight than a helicopter might offer. We can go all the way up to 30,000 feet but keep that cabin pressurized to about 5,000 or 6,000 feet, Gates said. We keep it at this field elevation, as if they were on the ground here, all the way to Minneapolis.
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