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Re: “UNC Chancellor James Moeser flies on the taxpayers' dime

This article mentions the issue of replacement aircraft for AHEC's Medical Air Operations. I do not agree with Mr. Hudson's assertion that modern aircraft, such as the D-Jet, "are not mission-appropriate for AHEC". I think it is a mistake to infer that our aging propeller airplanes, designed in the 1960's, around 30 years old, and approaching 10,000 hours of airframe life, are sufficient just because they are paid for and have given us good service in the past. Our passengers deserve modern, comfortable, efficient, and safe aircraft that meet industry standards - and the industry is rapidly and aggressively responding to the market by designing and producing Very Light Jets such as the Diamond D-Jet. These aircraft are airconditoned, pressurized, quieter, faster, and better equipped for our all-weather operations than older prop aircraft. The recent development of efficient small turbine engines translates into fuel-efficiency and operating expenses no higher than our "legacy" Beech Barons. Time is valuable for all of our passengers, including our physicians - they participate at the cutting edge of the high-tech medical business, and the business of running our University - they deserve transportation to match. Jim Hotelling Director, Medical Air Operations NC AHEC

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Posted by Jim H on 08/17/2007 at 1:03 PM

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