24-Jun-2011 Source: Metro Aviation
Metro Aviation, Inc. recently completed two major STC programs on the Eurocopter EC130 selected by Medflight Ohio (Columbus) to replace a mixed and aging fleet. The first two completed aircraft were delivered to Medflight Ohio, on June 6th where Metro Aviation, Inc. will serve as the operator, replacing Omniflight Helicopters as the Operator. Following crew training and familiarization, training and pilot check rides, the aircraft will be placed into service. The remaining 6aircraft are to be completed and placed in service by Oct 2011. The aircraft STCâ€™s were split into two projects, Emergency Medical Equipment and Optional Equipment Kit.
The 130M-100 EMS kit includes the following Primary and Optional Equipment:
Primary Equipment Installations to Kit (Minimum Equipment):
Optional Equipment Installations to Kit (can be selected individually):
The 130M-OPT Optional Equipment includes the following component installations (selected individually):
Milton Geltz, Managing Director for Metro Aviation, Inc. stated: â€œThe equipment selected for installation by Medflight Ohio is comparable to a much larger airframe platform. Metro Aviationâ€™s challenge was to reduce size, weight and complexity to match the performance goals of the single engine airframe. We think we accomplished this goal. Equipment can be selected individually to custom model the airframe configuration to the end user mission profile.â€ Geltz also went on to say; â€œMetro Aviation, Inc. choose a strategic partner for the Litter System in Lifeport, utilizing the Med Deck system with the TSO carbon fiber litter. This selection was based on the necessity to meet design critical loading criteria unique to not only the EC130 but the EC155B1 that we are in process of completing three of for the University of Michigan.â€
In conjunction with this program, Metro Aviation, Inc. worked cooperatively with Cobham/S-Tec HeliSaS to not only complete the STC program on the AS350B2, AS350B3 but also the EC130B4 an RGS (Garmin) to add the Radar altimeter feature on the Garmin G500H installation supplementing the HTAWS and Traffic System. Aviation Specialties Unlimited was selected for the NVG installation. The NORTH Flight Data Systems LARS System is scheduled for certification later this year.
Geltz concluded by stating, â€œthis program began with the customer selection of Metro Aviation for the completion of the aircraft and ended successfully by blending the customer mission profile requirements with Metroâ€™s stringent operational requirements with the end result being an aircraft meeting our partners expectations and all currently proposed FAA/NTSB considered guidelines.â€