Eimstad named as EpiGuard CEO

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Michael Eimstad has been appointed as the CEO of EpiGuard, the company behind the EpiShuttle, a single patient isolation and transport system used in the transport of contagious patients. He had previously served as the company’s VP Sales and Marketing.

Commenting on the appointment EpiGuard Chairman, Halvor Vislie said: “The market for transport of contagious patients is maturing as customers gain a more thorough understanding of the importance of building and maintaining a solid national and international preparedness in this field. As industry leaders, the EpiGuard team has worked deliberately to evolve the market from fast-tracked small orders, placed to mitigate acute situations, to strategic purchases to build systematic readiness across the health care sector. Michael has been instrumental in this effort, and with our strategy now bearing fruit he is the natural choice as the company´s new CEO”.

In recent years, EpiGuard has expanded into all continents. EpiShuttles are used by WHO as well as first responders in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Peru, Ireland, Greece, Norway, and Finland. Also, militaries in Belgium, Britain, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway are equipped with EpiShuttles. In the private sector you find EpiShuttles with companies like FAI Air Ambulance, Air Alliance Medflight, DRF Luftrettung, Keewatin Air, Luxembourg Air Rescue, Loganair.

ASU name Tsantles Director of Operations

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Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) announced that ASU veteran Tony Tsantles was promoted to FAA Part 135 Director of Operations. The FAA mandated and approved position is critical in overseeing part 135 operations, including night vision training and aircraft maintenance. “Tony has led the ASU training team through many successes worldwide. They have included the award and performance of multiple FAA training contracts, ongoing training with the Irish Air Corps, and unmatched custom training for air medical, law enforcement, and firefighting aircrews in the Treasure Valley’s diverse terrain,” said ASU Vice President of Aviation Operations Kip McDermott. “With more than 20 years of experience operating with night vision goggles, as both a crewmember and pilot, Tony has brought professionalism and expertise to our team and our customers, ensuring the safe and effective use of NVGs.”

Before joining the ASU, Tsantles spent over twenty years  in the U.S. Army. He spent nearly half of that time as an instructor, both as a crewmember and pilot. His Army career, spanning two decades, allowed the capability to work with two Army workhorse aircraft, the UH-1H “Huey” and UH-60A/L/M “Blackhawk,” both of which employ  complex systems that prepared him well for the dynamic civil industry he now manages. Having spent over half his time int he Army in the Medevac role, he is quite familiar with the challenges that can affect civil EMS pilots and crews. “I guess it’s rare to catch me speechless, but I may be just that. I love this organization and what we stand for; the core of what we believe is genuinely centered around the safety of aviators and crews,” said Tsantles. “I want to acknowledge our history with reverence and continue to focus on the future with partnerships in training, education, and culture.”


Former Sky Express CEO Gregoris Dassios joins Blueberry Aviation

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Industry veteran Greogoris Dassios has joined Bluberry Aviation as is Commercial Director. Greg joins Blueberry with nearly 30 years’ experience. Most of his career was spent at Airbus in Toulouse, France, where he held several positions firstly in Engineering and then as Customer Support Director, where he managed part of Latin America, Central and Southeastern Europe and part of the Middle East, supporting airlines in the region.

He then moved to the Procurement followed by to the Commercial division as Sales Director for Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe where he had several successful campaigns notably with WizzAir, Aegean, MedAir and Sky Express. He held the position of Head of Region covering Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria for the Airbus Group – Commercial Aircraft, Helicopters, Defence & Space before joining Sky Express, one of the major airlines in Greece and in the region, as CEO.


“It is a real pleasure to bring Greg Dassios onboard Blueberry Aviation’s commercial team.” says Gautier, Founder and CEO of Blueberry Aviation.  “He has uniquely broad aviation experience and expertise, and his recognized commercial acumen as well as his knowledge of airlines will be a great asset for the company. I am extremely proud to work with Greg as is the entire team.”

“I feel most privileged to join the Blueberry family ever since I met François and his dynamic and dedicated team”, says Dassios. “The solid team-spirit of the company, its diversity in knowledge, culture and background of its people, are the real assets of this ever innovative company. I am more than keen to deploy my broad OEM and Airline experience at Blueberry thanks to my previous employers, Airbus and Sky Express, in the trading of Helicopters and Aircraft in the second-hand market. “