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The Pilots

Doug deVriesDoug DeVries has spent the majority of his professional life developing medical ventilators for continuous life support, and is the primary inventor for sixteen patents in the field. Much of this effort was directed to improving the quality of life for ventilator dependant patients by dramatically improving the portability of the device. In 1997, Doug founded Pulmonetic Systems to develop and manufacture the world’s smallest full-functioned ventilator. After selling the company in 2005, he has focused on various medical device development projects, restoring vintage aircraft, and producing aviation related films. In their leisure time, Doug and his wife, Robbi, enjoying flying their de Havilland Beaver seaplane and 1942 open cockpit Stearman bi-plane.

Mike LesterMike Lester is CEO at Accelecare Wound Centers, Inc., based near Seattle.  Accelecare Wound Centers (www.accelecare.com) is a comprehensive wound care and disease management company. Accelecare provides full service wound management solutions to hospitals and related health care organizations across the United States. Accelecare is currently comprised of over 40 state of the art advanced wound care clinics staffed with trained physicians, nurses, and specialized technicians that provide efficacious and cost effective wound treatments ensuring positive outcomes. The company’s mission is centered around partnerships with hospitals, caring services for patients and clinical excellence.

David WymanDavid C. Wyman is a private investor. Formerly a registered representative of the New York Stock Exchange firm Herron Northwest, Inc. he partnered in the Wyman Lumber Company. Mr. Wyman is Chairman of Rossoe Energy Systems, Inc., and Item House, Inc. He currently serves as a Director of The Commerce Bank, and as a Trustee for PONCHO and the Wyman Youth Trust. In previous years he has been, President of the Seattle Children’s Home, President of PONCHO, Chairman of the Overlake Hospital Foundation, Trustee of the Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Palm Springs Air Museum, and Director of Northwestern Trust and the Virginia Mason Research Center. Mr. Wyman and his wife Polly, have four children.

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

DSC_8477The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a single-engined, high-wing, propeller-driven, STOL aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada, primarily known as a bush plane. It is used for cargo and passenger hauling, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and has been widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft. The United States Army purchased several hundred; nine DHC-2s are still in service with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) for search and rescue. A Royal New Zealand Air Force Beaver supported Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the South Pole. Over 1,600 Beavers were produced until 1967 when the original line shut down. [Wikipedia]