13-Oct-2010 Source: Metro Aviation
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA, home to Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance has chosen Metro Aviation, Inc. to perform the air medical completion for a recently purchased EC145 helicopter from American Eurocopter. Metro will finish the aircraft in an air medical configuration with a single pilot IFR and a night vision goggle compatible cockpit and cabin area. The aircraft will undergo the sophisticated installation and finishing process at the Metro headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. Equipped for true multi-mission patient transport capabilities, the new EC145 will be outfitted by Metro with the latest state of the air safety and patient care systems. The aircraft will be delivered in March 2011.
Metro Aviation Managing Director, Milton Geltz commented, â€œWe appreciate confidence placed in us by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and the staff at Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance and weâ€™re certainly proud to be partnered with such a prestigious hospital based program with a long and rich history of community service.â€
Since its inception in February 1982, Nightingale has been serving the communities of Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. Throughout its history, Nightingaleâ€™s mission has remained the same: to provide advanced medical care and rapid transportation to appropriate health care facilities for the critically ill and injured. Nightingale was the 38th air medical program established in the United States and has transported over 16,000 patients.
Metro Aviation continues an active schedule of aircraft completions for air medical aircraft as well as other helicopter mission types, with increasing demand for corporate helicopter completions. Additionally, the company operates over 70 fixed and rotary wing air medical aircraft around the United States.