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Senator Betsy Johnson supports Oregon business to better serve the state

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Transwestern Aviation of Scappoose, Oregon, a company owned by Senator Betsy Johnson (D, District 16) and her husband John Helm, has recently added a Rockwell Turbo Commander 690B to the FBO aircraft fleet. The larger, more powerful turbo-prop/jet will be available for charter and help Senator Johnson better serve the constituents of her district. “Time is of the essence these days,” said Johnson, “and the turbo Commander will enable me to spend less time getting from place to place and more time meeting with the people of this state.” Along with the new aircraft, Transwestern has purchased a LEKTRO AP8600EZ towbarless electric airplane tug to ground handle the FBO’s and customer aircraft more safely, efficiently and professionally. Transwestern pilot Chuck McWilliam says, “Getting the LEKTRO has really made a difference in customer service. No longer does a customer have to restart an aircraft to reposition it on the ramp or taxi to the fuel tank. We can tow them with our LEKTRO which has the capacity and versatility to handle aircraft from a Cessna Skylane to a 28,000lb. Hawker 800. We found LEKTRO to be the best designed and best supported tow vehicle in the industry.”

This sentiment is echoed by Senator Johnson. “We are proud to support yet another Oregon business,” she said. “LEKTRO exemplifies the kind of home-grown business which makes Oregon such a great state. They manufacture an incredible product and present the positive face of our state to the world. I am happy to number myself among the ever-growing list of LEKTRO customers.” Johnson, owner of Transwestern since 1977, is also a licensed fixed-wing and rotor-wing pilot.

LEKTRO has been making electric vehicles for a variety of applications since 1945. The innovative towbarless tug design was developed by LEKTRO founder Wilt Paulson in 1967. Wilt’s son and current LEKTRO president, Eric Paulson, said, “We are honored to have Transwestern and Senator Johnson as a LEKTRO customer and appreciate her support of Oregon and Clatsop County businesses.”

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