Rodney Wysong Memorial

April 30, 1980 – April 17, 2016


Rodney Wysong Makes Final Completion

(BLOUNTVILLE, TENNESSEE – April 19, 2016) Some children grow up in the shadow of their parents walking gently in their footsteps, and others emerge from the shadows to achieve greatness. Rodney Wysong spent countless hours shuffling around hangars, playing in avionics shops and sitting in helicopters as a kid and emerged as a man that helped build a family legacy. Rodney Wysong, known once simply as Steve Wysong’s kid rose from the shadows, built a strong reputation for helping customers and turned the tables so Steve became known as Rodney’s Dad.

As Vice President of the company, Rodney traveled all across the world helping move Wysong Enterprises, Inc., from a small avionics shop that worked on electronic news gathering helicopters, to an internationally known maintenance, repair and overhaul shop. Completions was Rodney’s passion. After years of helping others complete their aircraft, Rodney Wysong made one final completion. After a three-year battle with brain cancer, Rodney Wysong, 35, completed his journey on Earth Sunday, April 17, 2016.

“Some fathers never have a chance to spend time with their children because of their career,” said Steve Wysong. “I spent my entire career working and building this business with Rodney. I shared more time with my son in 35 years than many parents spend in an entire lifetime with their children. From the time he was old enough to go to the office with me, he was tagging along and learning the business. We have been to countless cities, trade shows and events. We were able to see the world together and share our passion for helicopters. I am extremely blessed to have shared this dream together with him.”

Many industry people recall seeing Rodney as a young boy in the hangar and then later as a young executive. “Rodney was an amazing young man that had a ceaseless passion for his family and his business,” said Dallas Avionics Vice President of Sales Scott Davis, the son of the late Dallas Avionics founder Johnny Davis. “Rodney and I shared in common growing up in the aviation business around our dads. No matter how large the industry seems at times, this industry is still driven by small businesses and we are all family. The loss of Rodney is not only a loss to the Wysong family but also to the entire industry.”

“Rodney Wysong was a remarkable young man that truly loved this industry,” said Aviation Specialties Unlimited Owners Mike and Chris Atwood. “Rodney was a hard-working, energetic, likable young man. He was a great example for others on what it means to work hard and take nothing for granted. Our entire team at ASU enjoyed working with Rodney over the years and traveling to Tennessee for projects. He and his father are like family to us and countless others in the industry that were impacted by his life.”
Southeast sales manager for Airborne Products for FLIR Larry Krieg worked with Rodney for 20 years. “I started working with Rodney when he was just a teenager,” said Krieg. It has been incredible to watch Rodney grow. He was a man of integrity, and treated everyone the same. Whether it was a small mounting system or a multimillion dollar deal, Rodney always worked hard to make sure everyone was taken care of. It was really cool to watch this little kid from Tennessee grow into a man that was comfortable in any business environment. I learned as much from Rodney as I think he learned from me over the years working together.”

Rodney recently had won the 40 most influential people Under 40 Award in the Tri- Cities Region of Tennessee and Virginia from the Business Journal. “Rodney won the 40 Most Influential People Under 40 Award in the Tri-Cities Region for his leadership skills and influence,” said Branding Iron Co-Founder and fellow 40 Under 40 Recipient Scott Emerine. “I nominated Rodney for the award because of his influence in our industry, his passion for the region and the leadership he had. Some people work their entire life without impacting anyone. Rodney epitomized the award because of his leadership and I enjoyed working with him and getting to be friends with him. When we traveled to trade shows across the country we spent a lot of time talking about family, friends and our faith. He always brought that energy and enthusiasm to work every day.”

Rodney was preceded in death by his grandparents. He is survived by his wife Lauren Templeton Wysong, Father and Mother Stephen and Kimberly Hermesch Wysong, sister Holly Davis-Wysong her husband Jonathan Davis, and sister Kelly Wysong. When Rodney was not traveling for work he enjoyed hiking in the mountains, rock climbing, snowboarding, golf, visiting the Caribbean Islands and snorkeling. He was also a huge University of Tennessee football fan.

A service honoring and celebrating the life of Rodney Wysong will be held at Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tennessee on Friday April 22. The viewing will be from 5:00-7:30 and the service will follow afterwards. Family and friends that would like to express their condolences online can do so through If you would like to make a donation to Doe River Gorge Ministries in honor of Rodney you can visit or call 423-725-4010 and ask for Bob Thomas. You can also email Bob directly at!/Obituary

Wysong completes 5th EMS Bell 407 for the year; Signs for 5 more completions

23 Oct, 12

Wysong Enterprises (Wysong) announced today from the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle that they have completed their 5th EMS Equipped Bell 407 this year and signed contracts for four more 407 aircraft completions this week.  In addition to the 407s, Wysong also will begin work on another EMS Eurocopter AS-350 in January.

“We are honored that Emergency Medical Service operators trust us to complete their aircraft,” said Vice President of Wysong Enterprises, Inc., Rodney Wysong.   “Our customers want someone who understands how all the systems and components work together for a total solution.  Out team of experts research the latest technology, innovations and devices and work hard to make sure every system we install is in top operating condition.  We understand in the EMS world, every second counts.  That is why we strive to provide the best customer service and integration possible to give the men and women out there every tool they need to succeed. ”

The aircraft Wysong modified had various avionics packages including Garmin G-500H EFIS, Technisonics TDFM Multi-Band FM Transceiver, Garmin GNS-530W and GNS-430W GPS/NAV/COMs, TRA -3000 Radar Altimeter, Sky Trac flight following system, Garmin GTX-330 Mode S Transponder, GDL-69 XM Weather, and other associated avionics equipment.  Several airframe modifications were also completed including an Air Comm dual evap air-conditioning system, Air Comm heater, AFS inlet barrier filter, door openers, snow baffles, and the installation of a lead acid battery.

Wysong also installed wire strike protection systems; custom exterior scene response lighting, as well as NVG compatible lighting systems to allow NVG goggle operations. The list of avionics safety equipment included Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) and Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT). Both of these systems are integrated onto the Garmin G500H EFIS displays.

The EMS Interior Systems installed by Wysong include Life Port provided kits such as a litter system, pilot barrier system, floor barrier tub, along with numerous Wysong custom designed accessories.  This year Wysong has completed EMS helicopters for numerous EMS operators. Wysong is exhibiting at AMTC booth number 1514.

Wysong Completes Special Mission Aids Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department with DNC Protection

The Democratic National Convention may be over, but the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will continue to experience the effects of it being held in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) was tasked with providing essential modifications and installations to their fleet of Bell 407 Helicopters for protection during the convention.

“We have performed many installations and modifications since our company began,” said Vice President of Wysong Enterprises, Inc., Rodney Wysong.   “It brings us a lot of satisfaction to be entrusted with high profile projects that equip such sensitive missions.  It is not every day that your work is directly linked with protecting the President of the United States.  Yet each customer’s aircraft is important to us and given the same quality and care.  We pride ourselves on every aircraft that leaves our hangar, no matter what the mission is. ”

Wysong completed numerous avionics upgrades.    They installed an expanded instrument panel with a Garmin G500H EFIS with Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology, (HSVT).  The HSVT provides a clear depiction of the terrain in 3D.  The company also installed a Garmin GNS 530W WAAS GPS / NAV / COM with cyclic switching, Garmin SL 40 COM, Garmin GTX 330 ES mode S Transponder with Traffic Information Services (TIS) interfaced to the G500H display, Garmin GDL 69 Weather displayed on the G500H and digitally controlled Becker DVCS audio system with three control panels.

In addition to the avionics upgrades mission equipment improvements included, AeroComputers UC5100 Moving Map System, Troll Skylink LC5 Microwave Pod, Technisonic TDFM-7300 Multiband FM Transceiver, Avalex AVM-4102 TFO Monitor, Spectrolab SX-16 Nightsun slaved to thermal imaging system and Night Vision Modification (NVG).

“The Bell 407s we completed will serve the community and region surrounding Charlotte, North Carolina for many years.  We are very proud of that. The 407s now have some of the most proven and reliable instruments and accessories in the law enforcement business for helicopters, ” said Rodney Wysong.

KPNX-TV AS350 Electronic News Gathering

This AS350B2 is one of the 150+ helicopters Wysong has customized for Electronic News Gathering (ENG). This particular aircraft came to us brand new from American Eurocopter. In addition to the ENG customization package, a new aircraft completion was performed including paint, avionics, and airframe kits. The following is an overview of the particular services performed:


ENG System Consisted of:

  • Cineflex Gyro Stabilized HD Camera System
  • 2 ea. Talent Cameras and 1 ea. Aircraft Tail Camera
  • 8×8 Video Switching System
  • Video Recorder
  • 2 Ghz TX/RX Microwave Downlink System
  • 4 ea. Video Monitors
  • 2 ea. FM Radios and 1 ea. Scanner
  • 3 ea. Audio Control Panels w/ Audio Mixing System
  • Video Record/Editing System


Aircraft Completion Consisted of:

  • Exterior Paint
  • Air Conditioner
  • Garmin GNS 430/530 GPS/NAV/COMs
  • Bendix King KCS 55A w/ KI-825 Digital EHSI
  • Garmin GTX 330 Mode S Transponder
  • Shadin Fuel Flow System
  • Geneva Avionics/Circuit Breaker Console
  • Artex ELT


Careflight Med-Trans EMS Bell 407


This Bell 407 was completed and customized for Emergency Medical Services. It arrived at Wysong straight from the Bell factory in new “green” condition. This was one of the many 407s we have completed for EMS this year.  The completion included paint, EMS interior, avionics, and numerous airframe modifications. The following is an overview of the particular services performed.

EMS 407

Exterior Airframe Modifications

  • Full exterior paint utilizing Dupont Imron paint and clear
  • Air Comm Air Conditioner and Heater
  • Tanis Aircraft Component Pre-Heater
  • Preflight step kit
  • AFS Engine Inlet Barrier Filter
  • Automatic Door Openers
  • AAI Super Nightscanner
  • Wysong Scene Lighting
  • Wysong Tail Rotor Recognition Light
  • Wire Strike Protection System



EMS Interior

  • Oxygen/Air System
  • Lifeport Med Deck, Floor Pan, and Pilot Barrier
  • Wysong Center Seat Area Mounting System
  • Wysong Center Console w/ horizontal and vertical equipment mounts
  • Overhead Equipment Mount
  • Overhead LED Patient Lighting w/ Adjustable Dimming
  • Lifeport Blackout Curtains
  • Wysong Overhead Audio Panel Mount w/ O2 fitting and AC outlet
  • AC Power System and Shore Power w/Relay
  • Wysong Narcotics Lock Box
  • Soft Goods-Pouches and Netting


Avionics and Safety Equipment

  • NAT AA-95/AMS 44 Audio System
  • Garmin GNS530W/430W GPS/NAV/COM/GS
  • Garmin GTX 300 Mode C/S Transponder
  • Garmin HTAWS
  • FreeFlight Radar Altimeter
  • Honeywell Marker Beacon
  • Skytrac Flight Following and Sat Phone System
  • Garmin XM Weather Interface
  • KCS-55A Gyro System w/ KI-525A HSI
  • ASU NVG Modified Cockpit
  • Technisonic VHF/UHF/800 MHz Radio System