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25-May-17 N62UP Airbus EC135 New Castle, US-Delaware (1F)

Air ambulance on training flight. Crash shortly after take off, killing the pilot. No patients or medical crew were on board.  Pilot named as Michael Murphy

25-May-17

Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation introduced its Leadership Education, Advancement and Development (LEAD) conference in 2016 to help its partners navigate the business side of air medical operations.  Realizing that many program directors are clinicians and not business majors, Metro’s management team developed the event to help fill the gaps between medical knowledge and business management, and equip… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-May-17

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$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 million has been awarded to the family of Stacey Cernadas, a flight nurse who was killed in a Haynes LifeFlight helicopter crash in South Alabama. Metro Aviation has not admitted to any wrongdoing, as part of the settlement, reports AL. The crash occurred on 26 March, 2016. Three others that were killed were Pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

27-May-17 N914ET Airbus EC135 Tyler, US-Texas

N914ET was on the return trip back to their base when they had a bird strike. They diverted to a local airport to do a precautionary landing and check for damages. No injuries were associated with this incident. There was no damage noted by the pilot or crew. The aircraft returned to base without further… Read more »

27-Apr-17

Metro receives electronic flight system STC for 145E

Metro receives electronic flight system STC for 145E

Since introducing the EC145e at HELI-EXPO in 2015, Metro Aviation has worked toward obtaining additional Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to cover the spectrum of what customers may need for the aircraft.  Metro, with Genesys Aerosystems, recently received an STC for the installation of the Genesys Aerosystems Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) on the EC145e (BK117… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Mar-17

The New Outerlink IRIS system

The New Outerlink IRIS system

As part of the new Outerlink IRIS system, a full suite of software has been released to provide everything from global tracking and Push-To-Talk Radio to a user-friendly Flight Data Monitoring application. Where the IRIS system provides virtual live connection to the cockpit, the new IRIS Console gives customers a web-based software tool that displays… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-17

Metro Aviation increases presence in South America

Metro Aviation increases presence in South America

Metro Aviation has enjoyed a relationship with South America since the early 1990’s, but recently increased its presence with a conference for several Argentina provinces and the delivery of two aircraft, one for Brazil and one for Argentina. Metro hosted officials from the Argentina provinces of Buenos Aires, Chaco, Cordoba, Mendoza, Misiones, Tierra del Fuego… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-17

Metro Aviation receives Electronic Flight System STC for 145e

Metro Aviation receives Electronic Flight System STC for 145e

Since introducing the EC145e at HELI-EXPO in 2015, Metro Aviation has worked toward obtaining additional Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to cover the spectrum of what customers may need for the aircraft.  Metro, with Genesys Aerosystems, recently received an STC for the installation of the Genesys Aerosystems Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) on the EC145e (BK117… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-17

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Metro Aviation Celebrates 35 Years

Metro Aviation Celebrates 35 Years

Metro Aviation began in 1982 as a helicopter charter, flight training and maintenance operation.  Today, it is the largest air medical completion center in the world and operates more than 140 aircraft for 36 programs across the United States. This year, the company celebrates its 35th anniversary and is reflecting on its strong heritage and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-17

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Metro Aviation to exhibit at Heli-Expo 2017

Metro Aviation to exhibit at Heli-Expo 2017

The Metro companies will exhibit at HELI-EXPO in Dallas, Texas this year and unveil a new booth in honor of Metro Aviation’s 35th Anniversary.  Metro Aviation, PAC International, Outerlink Global Solutions and the Helicopter Flight Training Center make up the Metro companies, a well-rounded brand meeting the needs of the helicopter industry. Metro began in… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Mar-17

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Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) was the first civilian EMS helicopter service in the U.S. to use Night Vision Goggles (NVG).  Metro Aviation was the first air medical operator to equip its entire fleet with NVG’s. Innovation attracts innovation and it only makes sense that the two companies would eventually work together.  Metro recently welcomed… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Feb-17

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Metro Hires Director of Customer Revenue Cycle Support

Metro Hires Director of Customer Revenue Cycle Support

Metro Aviation has experienced steady growth over the last 35 years, but has remained committed to supporting its existing customers first and foremost.  That commitment has led to three new employees over the past two years that serve to directly support Metro’s family of operations customers.  Metro is proud to welcome Holly Weber as the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Feb-17

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CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

The CommLab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center provides a hands-on environment for communication specialists.  Training includes both inter-facility and scene transfers, multiple aircraft requests, map reading, flight following and more.  Several communication centers have realized the immense benefits of the CommLab and are planning to send their communication specialists to classes in 2017. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-16

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Metro Aviation names Regional Aviation Manager

Metro Aviation names Regional Aviation Manager

Metro Aviation announced Lee Johnston as the new Regional Aviation Manager for the Midwest region.  Lee has been an EMS Pilot since 2001, joining Metro Aviation in 2011 as a lead pilot and then site manager for MedFlight of Ohio.  He has over 4,200 hours of flight experience, holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Oct-16

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Metro Aviation Launches Air Medical Service

Metro Aviation Launches Air Medical Service

Metro Aviation welcomes West Michigan Air Care (WMAC) to the Metro family with the delivery of an EC145e and assumption of operations of the Kalamazoo-based air medical program beginning September 1. Until now, WMAC has operated under their own Part 135 certificate, but contracted with Metro to allow staff to solely focus on the excellent level… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Sep-16

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Metro Aviation launches service with West Michigan Air Care

Metro Aviation launches service with West Michigan Air Care

Metro Aviation welcomes West Michigan Air Care (WMAC) to the Metro family with the delivery of an EC145e and assumption of operations of the Kalamazoo-based air medical program beginning September 1. “West Michigan Air Care has provided quality service since 1993, and we are happy to help them continue their legacy,” said Metro President Mike… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Sep-16

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FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

The Frasca Bell 407 Level 7 flight training device at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) is now FAA-certified as a B407GX with NVG capabilities.  The new certification allows the training center to take the cockpit from analog to glass, a change that will occur about once a month for students flying Bell 407GX aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-16

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Metro Aviation appoints new manager for Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation appoints new manager for Operational Control Center

As an air medical operator, Metro Aviation relies heavily on the operational control center (OCC) to monitor its activity in real-time, confirm flight crew qualifications and airworthiness of aircraft and to communicate with pilots and communication specialists across the country. Managing the OCC requires attention to detail, a high level of organization and a wealth… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation updates Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation updates Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation operates more than 120 air medical aircraft across the country.   With an average of 230 flight requests each day, the company’s Operational Control Center (OCC) is a constant hub of activity.  The air medical operator originally contracted with Complete Flight in 2015 to transition into digital record keeping using the Complete Flight IOS… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) flies more than 30,000 miles annually in Georgia’s only dedicated pediatric helicopter. They recently updated their capabilities with the world’s first EC145e, completed by Metro Aviation. The EC145e retains the power, performance and reliability of the legacy EC145, but with a useful load of up to 300 pounds more than… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation has delivered two Airbus Helicopters H135 (P3) aircraft to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), the first of five H135 air medical transport helicopters the operator ordered last year. CALSTAR is the first U.S. customer for this significantly improved and updated variant of the most popular twin-engine helicopter chosen by air medical transport… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Jul-16

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Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Gundersen Health System is starting a  trial on 1st June to see whether the move is feasible in the long term.  No helicopter type has been mentioned.  Their MedLink Air program serves La Crosse, Wisconsin and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius, including communities through the tri-state region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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Metro Aviation completes H125 for scientific research

Metro Aviation completes H125 for scientific research

Metro Aviation, a worldwide aircraft completion leader, recently delivered a one-of-a-kind helicopter to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  The Airbus H125 (formerly the AS350) will serve as a unique observation platform to provide the scientific community with the capability to make unprecedented observations about the earth’s climate system and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-16

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Metro Aviation became the first North American customer for the EC145e when it contracted to purchase six helicopters and launched an extensive demo tour of the new lighter weight, lower cost version of the highly successful EC145.  Metro recently identified Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the launch customer for the 145e and says they are… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-16

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Metro Aviation buys Redbird flight sim for Louisiana school

Metro Aviation buys Redbird flight sim for Louisiana school

Students at Airline High School are getting an opportunity even some college students don’t get. In a first of its kind partnership in Louisiana, Metro Aviation, Inc. has partnered with the Airline High JROTC aviation program to assist students in getting their wings and help their professional careers take flight. Impressed with Airline’s high school… Read more »

Source: Bossier Schools, 23-Feb-16

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ETMC Air 1 marks 30 years of flying

ETMC Air 1 marks 30 years of flying

Joseph “Woody” Woodard grew up in Kettering, Ohio, and like many high school seniors he was trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life. He became interested in becoming a helicopter pilot after seeing an Army recruiting poster. “I went to flight school at Fort Wolters, Texas, and Fort Rucker, Ala., in… Read more »

Source: ETMC, 16-Feb-16

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Second Director of Transport Business Services appointed at Metro Aviation

Second Director of Transport Business Services appointed at Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation is committed to their customers’ success and is expanding their value-added services with the hiring of a second Director of Transport Business Services. This additional position will further provide the necessary support for Metro’s operational customers in order to continuously improve their operational and financial success. Metro is welcoming Becky Ross to the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Jan-16

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HFTC to host Certified Flight Communicator course

HFTC to host Certified Flight Communicator course

The Helicopter Flight Training Center is partnering with the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists (NAACS) to host a Certified Flight Communicator (CFC) Course with an optional add-on in the CommLab. The CFC Course is a 2-day class covering flight following and navigation, aviation weather, PAIP, stress management, public relations and medical terminology. Upon… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 16-Dec-15

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Metro Aviation Marketing Director wins Under 40 award

Metro Aviation Marketing Director wins Under 40 award

Forty young professionals under the age of 40 were honored at the 9th Annual Northwest Louisiana Young Professionals Initiative Gala on December 5th at the Shreveport Convention Center. The 40 Under 40 Award recipients are recognized for their personal achievement, experience, innovation, vision, leadership, and community involvement. Outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Dec-15

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East Texas Medical Center celebrates 30 years of Air 1

East Texas Medical Center celebrates 30 years of Air 1

ETMC’s Air 1 program is celebrating a milestone with 30 years of service to East Texas. The first flight was December 1985 with a transport of a burn patient to Dallas. ETMC Air 1 has served East Texans by providing emergency helicopter transport for victims of car accidents and cardiac and stroke patients, as well… Read more »

Source: ETMC, 23-Nov-15

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Helicopter Flight Training Center hosts ALEA

Helicopter Flight Training Center hosts ALEA

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, hosted nearly 100 law enforcement professionals and partners from the Central U.S. and beyond this week for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) Central Region Safety Seminar. The seminar offered a variety of training sessions including Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC), spatial disorientation, stress & fatigue… Read more »

Source: Metroaviation, 06-Nov-15

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Metro Aviation starts contract with Cooper University Health Care

Metro Aviation starts contract with Cooper University Health Care

Metro Aviation will welcome a new operations customer in November.  Metro and Cooper University Health Care are partnering to launch a new air medical service throughout seven counties of southern New Jersey. “Cooper Air Med is a crucial part of Cooper’s emergency medical services continuum,” said Steven E. Ross, MD, FACS, FCCM, Vice Chairman, Department… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Oct-15

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Metro Aviation becomes an approved air carrier for US military

Metro Aviation becomes an approved air carrier for US military

Metro Aviation recently reached a major milestone for its operations division. The air medical operator received certification from the Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) to operate as an approved air carrier for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The recently completed initial audit and future continuing audits are conducted by the DOD Commercial Airlift Division… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 27-Oct-15

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Massachusetts State Police choses Helicopter Flight Training Center

Massachusetts State Police choses Helicopter Flight Training Center

The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing is the largest and most comprehensive full time public safety aviation unit in New England, responding to more than 1,900 mission requests annually.  The primary duty aircraft is the EC135T2+, and the division recently chose the Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, as its training partner for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-15

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Metro Aviation congratulates Helicopter Flight Training Center Director on award

Metro Aviation congratulates Helicopter Flight Training Center Director on award

The Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the overall enhancement, development and promotion of aviation safety.  Metro Aviation is proud to congratulate Helicopter Flight Training Center Director Terry Palmer on receiving the 2015 Jim Charlson Award. Terry is extremely involved in the aviation industry and has committed… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Oct-15

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CommLab announces 2016 course schedule

CommLab announces 2016 course schedule

The CommLab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) hosted its first class earlier this year.  To date, nearly 50 communication specialists have participated in the two-day simulation course. The CommLab is a partnership between Flight Vector, Golden Hour, HSI, Xybix and Zoll.  Training scenarios take communication specialists through a variety of situations, both routine… Read more »

Source: CommLab, 21-Oct-15

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PAC International innovates its paint facility further

PAC International innovates its paint facility further

PAC International, a Metro Aviation company, is continuing to improve its refurbishment capabilities.  The company recently completed installation of a Clemco Industries Industrial Blast Facility.  Utilizing a variety of soft, yet abrasive media for removal of paint and corrosion, the new addition is yet another improvement to the innovative paint facility. PAC has proven the… Read more »

Source: PAC, 21-Oct-15

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Transport Canada approves Metro Aviation EC135 and AS350 simulators

Transport Canada approves Metro Aviation EC135 and AS350 simulators

Since opening in 2012, the Helicopter Flight Training Center has hosted several global customers for state-of-the-art flight and maintenance training. Canadians will now join the list of international customers due to the recent Transport Canada certification of the training center’s EC135 Level D full motion simulator and AS350 Level 7 flight training device. Transport Canada… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Sep-15

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Metro Aviation places order for six EC145e light twins

Metro Aviation places order for six EC145e light twins

Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. has contracted to purchase six EC145e twin-engine helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Inc. Metro is the first North American customer for this new lighter weight and lower cost version of the highly successful Airbus Helicopters EC145. Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Metro have launched an extensive North America demonstration tour to show… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Sep-15

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Metro Aviation to introduce Electronic Flight Bags across 120 strong fleet

Metro Aviation to introduce Electronic Flight Bags across 120 strong fleet

Metro Aviation is ensuring their pilots are as safe and efficient as possible by introducing Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) to their fleet of more than 120 aircraft.  The EFBs will allow pilots to access charts, maps, company manuals and a variety of weather and flight planning resources.  In addition, enterprise software will allow central control… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Aug-15

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Metro Aviation CommLab provides unique experience for communication specialists

Metro Aviation CommLab provides unique experience for communication specialists

The CommLab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center is providing a dynamic new training experience for communication specialists across the country.  Pilots train in flight simulators and medical personnel use patient simulators.  Now communication personal can also receive high tech simulator training.  Through a partnership with Flight Vector, Golden Hour, HSI, Xybix and Zoll, the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Aug-15

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Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Coastal Helicopters

Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Coastal Helicopters

California-based Coastal Helicopters recently took delivery of their new H125, formerly known as the Airbus AS350 B3e.  Bringing their aircraft total to six, the company boasts one of the most diverse fleets in Southern California. “Metro Aviation’s reputation preceded them,” said a Coastal representative.  “Everything we heard about Metro was awesome, and the completion experience… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Aug-15

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Metro Aviation Delivers North America’s First H145 T2

Metro Aviation Delivers North America’s First H145 T2

Metro recently delivered its 75th H145 completion and the first H145 T2 in North America to Dare MedFlight, a leading air medical provider serving North Carolina’s Dare County.  As the launch customer for the H145 T2, Dare County worked closely with Metro Aviation to ensure the new airframe fit their exact mission profile. The H145… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Aug-15

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Metro Aviation takes EC145e and Star Flight EC145 to ALEA 2015

Metro Aviation takes EC145e and Star Flight EC145 to ALEA 2015

Nestled in the heart of Shreveport, Louisiana, Metro Aviation’s sprawling, 160,000 square-foot completion facility produces aircraft for some of the world’s most notable law enforcement, air medical and corporate entities.  The worldwide completion leader will be exhibiting at this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference and exposition at the George R. Brown Convention Center… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jul-15

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Metro Aviation Hires Director Of Transport Business Services

Metro Aviation Hires Director Of Transport Business Services

Metro Aviation has experienced exponential growth over the last five years.  As its family of operations customers has grown, Metro has steadily brought in fresh faces to ensure the company is providing the outstanding customer service it has become known for in the HEMS industry. Metro Aviation has always shown a commitment to their customers,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-May-15

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Metro Aviation Supports Great American Safety Drive With Safety 24/7

Metro Aviation Supports Great American Safety Drive With Safety 24/7

Metro Aviation is a long time supporter of the MedEvac Foundation International and is proud to once again support the foundation’s major fundraising initiative for 2015, the Great American Safety Drive. Metro is donating one of two cars that will be driven across the country to bring the message of safety to more than 60… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-May-15

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Northwest Medstar Marks First Year Of Base Operations In North Central Washington

Northwest Medstar Marks First Year Of Base Operations In North Central Washington

Thanks to hospital and EMS partners and community members, Northwest MedStar is celebrating its one-year anniversary of being based in Brewster. Located at Anderson Field Airport, the base operates 24/7 and is home to 14 critical care crew members providing faster care and transport to patients throughout north central Washington. “Our local medical crews, helicopter… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-May-15

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Metro Aviation creates new role of Director of Transport Business Services

Metro Aviation creates new role of Director of Transport Business Services

Metro Aviation has experienced exponential growth over the last five years.  As its family of operations customers has grown, Metro has steadily brought in fresh faces to ensure the company is providing the outstanding customer service it has become known for in the HEMS industry. Metro Aviation has always shown a commitment to their customers,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-May-15

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CommLab enrolling May and June courses

CommLab enrolling May and June courses

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a world-class facility for pilot and maintenance training, recently introduced the revolutionary new CommLab. The simulation lab is the first and only of its kind for seasoned communication specialists. Through a partnership with industry vendors Flight Vector, Golden Hour, HSI, Xybix and Zoll, the two-day course provides state-of-the art training… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Apr-15

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Dare County MedFlight takes delivery of Airbus Helicopters H145

Dare County MedFlight takes delivery of Airbus Helicopters H145

Dare County MedFlight, the air medical transport service for much of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, has taken delivery of a new Airbus Helicopters H145 (formerly EC145 T2), which will be the first H145 operating in the U.S. Dare County plans to place the new aircraft into service in July, following installation of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Apr-15

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Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Northwest MedStar

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Northwest MedStar

Northwest MedStar owns a mixed fleet of four fixed wing and seven rotor wing aircraft, and recently replaced one of its helicopters with a new Airbus H135 (EC135) completed by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Metro also operates all 11 aircraft for Northwest MedStar and has since August of 1994. “MedStar took delivery of its fourth… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Apr-15

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Partnering to change the future of flight data monitoring, tracking and communications

Partnering to change the future of flight data monitoring, tracking and communications

The future is near, and her name is IRIS. IRIS is not just flight tracking, nor is it just flight data monitoring.  IRIS is all-encompassing, giving users the capability to record large amounts of aircraft data, process it through an onboard computer and filter it directly to communication centers or Operational Control Centers every 10… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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AS350 Lands at Helicopter Flight Training Center

AS350 Lands at Helicopter Flight Training Center

The Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana is growing at a steady pace.  Already home to a FlightSafety AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device and an EC135 Level D Full Motion Simulator, the center will add a Frasca Bell 407/GX Flight Training Device this summer. Simulators are great tools for aviators, and allow… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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CommLab offers Unprecedented Training for Communication Specialists and Operational Control Specialists

CommLab offers Unprecedented Training for Communication Specialists and Operational Control Specialists

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a world-class facility for pilot and maintenance training, recently introduced the revolutionary new CommLab.  The CommLab is designed to provide the highest standard of training for communication specialists, complimenting the center’s current air medical pilot simulator training.  The CommLab is a joint effort of the Helicopter Flight Training Center and leading… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

It has been sixteen years since Metro Aviation first completed the EC135 P1 known as First Flight.  Since then, Metro has operated and maintained the aircraft for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, ensuring it is always in top shape no matter its age. Recently, Metro brought the aircraft back to its completion facility… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation Completes First EC145e

Metro Aviation Completes First EC145e

The helicopter industry will be introduced to the newest edition of the Airbus Helicopters EC145 platform, the EC145e, at HELI-EXPO 2015.  Metro Aviation recently configured what they call the “e-lite” for display at the largest helicopter exhibition in the world. Combining the well-known features of the EC145, such as the large cabin and reliability, with… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation operates the largest, most comprehensive air medical completion center in the world and has completed more EC135s and EC145s than any other completion center.  Metro is in the process of completing its 75th EC145, which is also North America’s first EC145 T2, a considerable milestone for the company that recently celebrated its 200th… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Coastal Helicopters replaces AS350B2 with an AS350B3e

Coastal Helicopters replaces AS350B2 with an AS350B3e

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a new AS350 B3e AStar to Coastal Helicopters, LLC, based in Van Nuys, Calif. The aircraft replaces the company’s previously owned AS350 B2. Coastal Helicopters ordered the new AS350 B3e, the most versatile light single engine helicopter on the market, in December and took delivery of the aircraft on February… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation and subsidiary Paradigm Aerospace to exhibit at Heli-Expo

Metro Aviation and subsidiary Paradigm Aerospace to exhibit at Heli-Expo

Metro Aviation, along with its subsidiary, Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, will once again exhibit at HELI-EXPO this year.  The worldwide completion leader is displaying three aircraft in Orlando, a first for the company, but a move that is sure to draw some buzz. Metro recently completed the first EC145e or “e-lite,” a utility version of the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Mar-15

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Paradigm Aerospace completes ADS-B Out certification on EC135

Paradigm Aerospace completes ADS-B Out certification on EC135

PAC International, a Metro Aviation company, completed the installation of a Garmin GTX-330ES extended squitter transponder system in an Airbus EC135 helicopter in December 2014 and received certification for the ADS-B Out in Jan 2015. The EMS configured helicopter is owned by Metro Aviation, Shreveport LA, and operated by PENNSTAR FLIGHT, Hospital of the University… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Jan-15

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RF System Lab names Metro Aviation as new customer

RF System Lab names Metro Aviation as new customer

RF System Lab, maker of the revolutionary VJ-Advance video borescope, is proud to announce new customers in a wide variety of industries. World-wide leaders in remote visual inspection, RF System Lab’s most recent customer list includes companies in aviation, casting, manufacturing, power generation, and more. RF System Lab is excited to add the following companies… Read more »

Source: RF, 15-Jan-15

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Metro Aviation Completes STC to meet FAA Mandates for the AS350B3

Metro Aviation Completes STC to meet FAA Mandates for the AS350B3

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast or ADS-B is a hot topic in the aviation industry.  Operators have been diligently working to equip their fleets with the required equipment to meet the FAA’s 2020 deadline, and Metro Aviation recently made the requirement a possibility for AS350B3 operators. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jan-15

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Metro Aviation delivers fourth EC135 to Massachusetts State Police

Metro Aviation delivers fourth EC135 to Massachusetts State Police

Metro Aviation and the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing have partnered since 2009 and Metro recently delivered the fourth EC135 to the department. “Metro Aviation has integrated the FLIR, Aerocomputers, Helinet downlink and L-3 DVR to assist our crews supporting our public safety mission,” said Lt. Robert Smith, Unit Commander. The modern technology and avionics… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Jan-15

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Metro Aviation announces new Director of Part 135 Training

Metro Aviation announces new Director of Part 135 Training

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce that Casey Marland has joined the Metro family as the Director of Part 135 Training. Marland is a veteran with 30 years of aviation training and management experience.  During his successful career he has been a Chief Pilot, Senior Aviation Training Manager, Regional Aviation Director and Manager, Army Aviation… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Jan-15

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Metro Aviation becomes customer of RF System Lab

Metro Aviation becomes customer of RF System Lab

RF System Lab, maker of the revolutionary VJ-Advance video borescope, is proud to announce new customers in a wide variety of industries. World-wide leaders in remote visual inspection, RF System Lab’s most recent customer list includes companies in aviation, casting, manufacturing, power generation, and more. RF System Lab is excited to add the following companies… Read more »

Source: RF System Lab, 22-Dec-14

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Metro Aviation Honored by Department of Defense

Metro Aviation Honored by Department of Defense

Jim Hill, Area Chair for Northwest Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that Metro Aviation was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Louisiana National Guard and Reserve. According to Jim… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Nov-14

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Metro Aviation receives Brazilian Validation

Metro Aviation receives Brazilian Validation

As the Brazilian aircraft market grows, Metro Aviation is playing a larger role in helping South American companies get off the ground.  The worldwide completion leader recently received Brazilian validations for several installations already STC’d in the US for the Airbus EC145T1 aircraft. “Metro sees Brazil as an emerging market for US products and services. … Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Nov-14

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Metro delivers its 200th EC135 completion

Metro delivers its 200th EC135 completion

In 1997, Metro Aviation completed its first Airbus Helicopters EC135 for STAT MedEvac, serial number 0009. Since then, the worldwide completion leader has customized many EC135’s for air medical, law enforcement, utility and corporate clients. Recently, Metro delivered its 200th EC135 completion to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR). The EC135, designed and produced by… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Oct-14

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Metro Aviation Welcomes Survival Flight

Metro Aviation Welcomes Survival Flight

Metro Aviation began a great relationship with the University of Michigan Health System’s Survival Flight program during the completion of the program’s three Airbus EC155 twin-engine helicopters, delivered in 2012. Now, Metro is pleased to announce Survival Flight is not only a completions customer, but an operations customer as well. “Survival Flight is a mature… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Sep-14

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Helicopter Flight Training Center to add Frasca 407 Flight Training Device

Helicopter Flight Training Center to add Frasca 407 Flight Training Device

The simulator bays are humming at the Helicopter Flight Training Center and soon more opportunities will take flight with the addition of a new Flight Training Device (FTD). Training Center officials recently announced an agreement with Frasca International for a Bell 407 Level 7 FTD with Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training capabilities. “We are thrilled… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Sep-14

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Metro Aviation welcomes MedLink AIR to the Metro Family

Metro Aviation welcomes MedLink AIR to the Metro Family

Metro Aviation is welcoming Gundersen Health System to the Metro Family this fall. MedLink AIR, the emergency medical helicopter for Gundersen Health System, will soon be operated by Metro. The program serves La Crosse, Wisconsin and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius, including communities through the tri-state region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Sep-14

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Helicopter Flight Training Center announces CommLab for Communication Specialists

Helicopter Flight Training Center announces CommLab for Communication Specialists

Communication Specialists could be called the backbone of the emergency transport industry. From interfacility transfers to precautionary landings, their skills get vehicles where they are needed when they are needed most. To further hone the skillset of the industry’s communicators, the Helicopter Flight Training Center is introducing the CommLab. Through a partnership between Flight Vector, Golden Hour, HSI, Xybix and Zoll,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Sep-14

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Metro Aviation closer to HeliSAS STC for EC135

Metro Aviation closer to HeliSAS STC for EC135

Metro Aviation successful completed the initial flight test for the Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on a non-autopilot equipped EC135. The autopilot capabilities, to be used for VFR aircraft, will ease pilot workload and increase flight stability and safety. “Metro Aviation has committed to equipping all of its VFR aircraft with a… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Sep-14

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Metro Aviation Delivers EC135 to Life Air Rescue

Metro Aviation Delivers EC135 to Life Air Rescue

Metro Aviation recently completed an Airbus EC135 for Life Air Rescue, the premiere air medical service in Shreveport, Louisiana. Compared to Life Air’s former helicopter, which had a serial number of 0013, the new aircraft is equipped with great technological and medical improvements. The new, completely refurbished aircraft includes a Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 17-Sep-14

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Ceremony held for new Elmore Co. medical helicopter

Ceremony held for new Elmore Co. medical helicopter

Haynes Ambulance has a new tool to transport patients to the hospital faster. “See Full Story“

Source: WSFA, 07-Aug-14

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