Director of Maintenance & Chief Pilot
Nick King is the Director of Maintenance for Hospital Wing, as well as a purchase agent and pilot. Over the course of Nick’s career, he has seen many different options for maintenance tracking and has found the modern software solution to be the best available option.
Starting as a line maintenance mechanic at Hospital Wing in 2001, Nick has risen through the ranks to achieve his position as a pivotal leader within the operation. He carries out a myriad of duties including supervising maintenance, piloting ferry and test flights, purchasing aircraft and modifying aircraft for EMS purposes.
As Director of Maintenance, Nick took the initiative in utilizing a modern, paperless software solution to manage his operation. Now, with increased efficiency and accuracy, he is able to save time and streamline his operation’s workflow.
Established in 1986, Hospital Wing (Memphis Medical Center Air Ambulance Service, Inc) is a nonprofit rotorcraft air ambulance company that provides emergency airlift services and inter-hospital transfers to critically ill and injured patients within a 250-mile radius of Memphis, Tennessee. The Part 135 company’s service area includes West Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama and Kentucky. On average, the company transports 250 patients per month, with 60% of these trauma-related.
Along with skilled and highly trained crews, Hospital Wing operates and maintains eight helicopters spread across five bases. These aircraft include four Airbus H130T2s, three Airbus EC130B4s and one Airbus H125B3, all equipped with state-of-the-art aviation devices such as Appareo flight data monitoring, HeliSas auto-pilot systems, Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning systems, self-interrogating traffic systems displayed on Garmin G500H MFD/PFD, with dual Garmin GTN 750 and 650 GPS. Six of its helicopters are staffed 24hours a day, seven days a week, and one helicopter is available for the PediFlite specialized emergency pediatric transport team. All phases of maintenance and inspection are performed at Hospital Wing’s facility in Memphis.