CALSTAR to welcome community at new air base

Pilot Chad Peyton inspects the CALSTAR air ambulance at Watsonville Municipal Airport where CALSTAR has set up a new base. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — California Shock Trauma Air Rescue, or CALSTAR, an air rescue helicopter company, is preparing for a ribbon cutting and a welcoming ceremony to its latest air base at Watsonville Municipal Airport.

CALSTAR 14, whose sister air bases nearby are CALSTAR 2 in Gilroy and CALSTAR 5 in Salinas, will be the center of attention of a chamber mixer put on by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture mixer on Jan. 16.

“We’re looking forward to meeting the public we serve,” said CALSTAR Program Director Jeff Horner. “This is a great location for us.”

Pilot Chad Peyton said the copter is a EuroCopter 135 Air Bus and typically carries the pilot, two flight nurses and a patient.

The public will be invited to the catered event to check out the helicopter, meet the crew and executives from CALSTAR along with paramedics from the county ambulance service, American Medical Response.

Food, drinks, music, displays and meeting and greeting will be on the menu. Everyone is invited. The event will be held outside the experimental aircraft hangar, 60 Aviation Way.


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