Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport Services (Spirit) has announced plans to relocate the Spirit 1 helicopter to Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) in Mosinee.

“The relocation is scheduled to be completed in mid-November and includes the Spirit 1 helicopter, Ascension associates who are medical flight crew members as well as pilots and mechanics who are employees of Air Methods Corporation,” said Ted Ryan, director of Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport.

Spirit will initially operate at CWA out of existing hangar space and facilities provided by Central Wisconsin Aviation. For the past two years, Spirit 1 has been at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport.

“Once the relocation is complete, work will resume on planning and development of the new hangar that will provide new permanent space for the helicopter and maintenance crew as well as sleeping quarters and office space,” Ryan said. Once approved by the City of Mosinee Plan Commission and the State of Wisconsin, construction is expected to begin in midNovember with completion anticipated in August 2020.

Plans call for 18,000 square feet of hangar space to accommodate storage of two medical helicopters, a fixed-wing transport aircraft and ambulances.

The Spirit 2 helicopter base will remain at Ascension Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and the Spirit 3 fixed-wing aircraft will continue to call Lakeland Airport in Arbor Vitae home.