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When Adam Truso returned to Vermont after flying Black Hawk helicopters in Iraq, he wanted to transition to civilian employment.
But most of what he found in the want ads were jobs as nurses and Walmart greeters, Truso said. Wasn’t he surprised when a contact from the Vermont Department of Labor introduced him to Liquid Measurement Systems in Georgia.
The manufacturing company is the sole supplier of carbon-fiber fuel gauges for Black Hawks, plus Boeing’s CH-47 Fox model Army helicopters, an entire line of auxiliary fuel tanks by Robertson Fuel Systems, and the experimental Sikorsky X-2 helicopter that holds a helicopter speed record of 259 mph.
Truso now works in the sales and marketing division for LMS — a company considered an anchor in Vermont’s $2 billion aviation and aeronautics industry.
Air prowess was on display Thursday at the Burlington International Airport for the state’s first Aerospace and Aviation Trade Show, hosted by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
“We’ve never had a trade show just for the aerospace and aviation industries,” said Chris Carrigan, the chamber’s vice president of business development.