For Immediate Release
January 28, 2010
EVERGREEN AND ELBIT ASSIST WITH UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY IN HAITIAN RELIEF
Unmanned Systems operating cutting-edge technology to help earthquake aid
McMinnville, Ore. — Evergreen’s long history of providing humanitarian relief continued this week with its donated missions to survey rural orphanages in Haiti employing Elbit Systems' Skylark® I LE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The team flew missions from the mountains of Haiti at 5,200 feet in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince. Contact with many Haitian orphanages has still not been established because of the remote locations of the facilities. An incredible need still remains for humanitarian support in the area. Evergreen Unmanned Systems was supported by Elbit Systems of Israel, using its Skylark® I LE System, to fly into these areas searching for signs of life. Evergreen Helicopters donated airlift support to position both teams into the region. This pioneering effort between Evergreen and Elbit to respond to the urgent need of the Haitian people has proven that such technology can provide a life saving humanitarian service. Never before has a commercial operator of unmanned systems accomplished what was achieved this week by the Evergreen-Elbit team.
The Elbit Systems Skylark® I LE, which is carried by an individual person, can launch without use of a runway, search for survivors, document infrastructure damage and identify blocked roads. With a weight of 12.1 lbs and an operating time of up to three hours, the system is unlike any other technology ever used to aid humanitarian relief operations.
For 50 years, Evergreen has supported humanitarian efforts worldwide. Primarily providing aviation support for international relief projects, the company has partnered with other non-profit organizations, corporations and governmental agencies to assist developing countries. The organization has helped improve and deliver healthcare, eradicate disease and support economic development. These efforts have directly impacted vulnerable children and families worldwide.
Evergreen Unmanned Systems, along with the entire Evergreen Family of Companies, is working diligently to provide support for the Haitian population and other relief agencies. For more information about Evergreen’s efforts in Haiti, please contact Laura Graham at 503-434-4124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Evergreen Unmanned Systems and the Evergreen Family of Companies:
Evergreen Unmanned Systems (EUS) Inc., is a turn-key international operations service provider of unmanned systems. Evergreen has the luxury of not being a manufacturer and can choose the best system for the required mission. EUS is always researching new and innovative platforms to expand our international fleet’s versatility. Evergreen concentrates on unmanned aerial surveillance operations and are pioneers in the commercial application of this technology.
Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. is a portfolio of diverse companies headquartered in McMinnville, Ore. With international operating authority and a network of global offices and affiliates, Evergreen consists of an international cargo airline that owns and operates a fleet of Boeing 747s, an unlimited aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility, a full-service helicopter company, an aircraft ground handling company, and an aircraft sales and leasing company.
About Elbit Systems:
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications.
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