Klamath Falls, Ore. – A worldwide aviation company with headquarters in Klamath Falls is getting ready to expand.
Former Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger has been with the Emergency Airlift/Century Aviation company for about four years.
“We transport sick and injured people worldwide, hospital to hospital,” Evinger said. “And we also provide executive charter services to businesses.”
The company owns 15 aircraft, all of which are maintained at the Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport.
“Klamath Falls is our worldwide headquarters,” Evinger explained. “We have about 30 employees here, we also have bases in Hawaii and in Florida.”
Evinger’s link to the company began during his time as sheriff. “The president of Emergency Airlift and Century Aviation is Mr. Ed Langerveld, he also is a volunteer at the Sheriff’s Office, and that’s where I met him.”
The company is preparing to grow, as the city considers a $5,000,000 hanger expansion project.
City Council is also considering extending the company’s lease for 40 years.
“It has a lot of similarities to law enforcement,” said Vice-President Evinger. “It’s a very dynamic job, and it’s very exciting to be part of such a growing successful business here in Klamath Falls.”
Much of the construction cost of a new hanger would be covered through a three million dollar ‘Connect Oregon’ grant.
The expansion, and lease extension issues will go before the Klamath Falls City Council Monday night.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.