13-Sep-2011 Source: Metro Aviation
HeliHub.com was the first aviation news website to identify the sale of these EC135s into Korea – see story here
Metro Aviation, Inc. completed two EC135 aircraft for the Republic of Korea.
These aircraft are not only the first Eurocopter EC135 aircraft in country, but will become the first civilian operated EMS aircraft to be in-service in the Republic of South Korea.
â€œEvery resource Metro Aviation, Inc. possesses was challenged by this project,â€ said Milton Geltz, Managing Director of Metro Aviation Inc. â€œThe first two aircraft were received and completed with all Metro Aviation, Inc. standard EMS options, SPIFR, air-conditioning, paint and interior in less than 80 days including Korean Aviation Safety Administration acceptance of the modifications and the basic aircraft.â€
Korean Air Lines began operational services of the EC135â€™s September 1, 2011.
Geltz added, â€œMetro Aviation, Inc. was also contracted to provide onsite reassembly assistance at the KAL Inchon base by the customer. A technician was dispatched and, along with American Eurocopter test pilot assistance, the two aircraft were reassembled, flight-checked and entered service for pilot training, each in less than four days.â€
Korean Air Lines has contracted completion of a third EC135, which will be shipped September 20, 2011.
Metro Aviation, Inc. was established in 1982 as a helicopter charter, flight training, and maintenance operation facility. Since then, Metro Aviation, Inc. has grown substantially in size, and is internationally recognized for its excellence in helicopter transportation services. Today, Metro Aviation, Inc. is an FAA certified Airframe Modification, Maintenance, Inspection and Repair center, and is proud to offer traditional services to its valued customers.