The Life Team Air Evac crew has been operating out of the fourth floor of the hospital for the past two or three weeks. The medical evacuation helicopter has been parked at the helipad except when inclement weather is expected or they need to refuel. The team then returns to the airport in that event. They were forced to relocate due to the building at the Greenville Base leaking water and mold forming along the interior walls.
Massoud Ebrahim, City Manager, and Ty Helton, Airport Manager, briefed the news media Monday afternoon about the situation. Long term plans called for building a new Air Evac building along with six other hangers once L3 exercises their option for more land area. The only available area is south of the existing buildings on Majors Road. An interim fix is underway on the old 60-year old building that was originally built by Ken Painter when he operated the Majors Field Fixed Base Operation. Three bids were sought to combat the mold caused by the excessive rain last year and to make repairs to the Air Evac 67 Base. The City Council will look at the bids and make a decision by February 23, 2016.