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Metro Aviation welcomes Duke Life Flight

Metro Aviation welcomes Duke Life Flight

Duke Life Flight officially joined the Metro Family of operations customers. The hospital-based, traditional air medical program, part of Duke Health, will also be receiving two new EC145e aircraft with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability. Metro will assume operational control of the program in January 2020. “Metro Aviation’s commitment to improving the safety and quality… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Nov-19

Metro Aviation provides flight demos of the EC145e at AMTC 2019

Metro Aviation provides flight demos of the EC145e at AMTC 2019

The EC145e will be prominently displayed during AMTC this year. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the IFR-equipped GundersenAIR ships are on Metro Aviation’s booth, allowing attendees a chance to crawl inside and see the aircraft up close. For those who want a more intimate introduction to the aircraft, Metro Aviation is providing flight demos from… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Nov-19

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Metro seeks STC for Stryker configurations in EC145

Metro seeks STC for Stryker configurations in EC145

Metro recently began the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) process for the Stryker Performance Pro in the EC145. Metro initiated the process after the ground ambulance standard was changed requiring a more robust restraint system. Its customers and other air medical programs expressed the need for an air ambulance solution that was compatible with the new… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Nov-19

Metro Aviation appoints HR Director

Metro Aviation appoints HR Director

Metro is proud to welcome Rebecca Stinson as the Director of Human Resources and is excited about what she will bring to the table. She has 12 years of experience as Director of Human Resources for a restaurant managing group, overseeing 37 stores across 4 states with more than 1,200 employees. In addition to her… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Nov-19

Countdown to AMTC 2019

Countdown to AMTC 2019

Metro Aviation’s booth at the 2019 Air Medical Transport Conference will make history as the first to simultaneously feature two EC145e aircraft completions. Air medical professionals and enthusiasts can experience two distinctive EMS configurations, both of which were outfitted at Metro’s Shreveport-based completion center. Attendees can sit in the pilot seat of the IFR-equipped GundersenAIR helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Nov-19

Metro Aviation takes delivery of first Airbus EC145e

Metro Aviation takes delivery of first Airbus EC145e

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered to Metro Aviation Inc. the first EC145e produced at its U.S. assembly plant in Columbus, Miss. This latest aircraft delivery is part of an order for 25 that Metro placed in 2018, and the remaining aircraft will all be delivered out of Columbus. Metro is a Shreveport, La.-based company that… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Sep-19

Metro Aviation signs an agreement with Kopter

Metro Aviation signs an agreement with Kopter

Metro Aviation and Kopter signed an MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) formally recording Metro Aviation’s intent to purchase and take delivery of five (5) SH09 helicopters following FAA certification. Metro Aviation has evaluated and selected the SH09 due to its twin-engine cabin volume for a single-engine price tag and low operating costs while offering best-inclass speed,… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 24-Jul-19

Guardian Mobility teases its dual mode flight tracking system

Guardian Mobility teases its dual mode flight tracking system

Guardian Mobility recently announced plans to roll out a new variant of its G4 flight tracking product with dual mode (Satellite and Cellular) capabilities. Guardian Mobility Business Development Manager Ken Stewart confirmed the company is testing a system that could benefit operators with metropolitan-bound missions. Metro Aviation announced the acquisition of Guardian Mobility during Heli-Expo… Read more »

Source: Guardian Mobility, 22-Jul-19

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Airmedic acquires 3 EC145Es

Airmedic acquires 3 EC145Es

As a leader in air medical transport across Quebec, Airmedic continues to grow thanks to the purchase of three new fully equipped EC145e helicopters. The company will rely on the expertise of Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, and the know-how of Metro Aviation, who will be in charge of the aircrafts’ interior configuration for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Jul-19

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Metro first to STC H135 T3H Air Medical Interior

Metro first to STC H135 T3H Air Medical Interior

As a leading completion center for the EC135/H135, Metro Aviation became the first to STC a medical interior for Airbus’ H135 T3H variant with Helionix. Outfitted for STAT MedEvac, the STC includes aspects of Metro’s standard air medical package with equipment standardized and modernized to match the program’s existing fleet of aircraft. The two-decade-long relationship between… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Jun-19

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St. Vincent Help Flight Celebrates 40 Years

St. Vincent Help Flight Celebrates 40 Years

HELP Flight celebrates this month its 40th anniversary of responding to emergencies in south-central Montana. The air ambulance service run out of St. Vincent Healthcare has spent four decades taking to the sky to help Montanans in their times of need. Providing what can be life-saving care while in the air requires a very specific… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 27-Jun-19

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Metro Aviation Completion Center receives EASA approval

Metro Aviation Completion Center receives EASA approval

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a U.S. Approval Certificate to Metro Aviation as a Part-145 maintenance organization. EASA is responsible for the certification of aircraft in the European Union (EU) and for some European non-EU countries. “With the addition of this rating, we will be able to better support repair approval… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Jun-19

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HealthNet EC145e to serve West Virginia

HealthNet EC145e to serve West Virginia

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a statewide hospital-based program headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, announced an order for one EC145e helicopter from Metro Aviation as part of the program’s latest fleet expansion. Metro expects to deliver the light-to-medium twin helicopter from its Shreveport-based completion center in the summer of 2020. “HealthNet Aeromedical Services and our sponsoring academic… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 25-Mar-19

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FlightSafety and Metro Aviation celebrate five years of Louisiana Level D simulators

FlightSafety and Metro Aviation celebrate five years of Louisiana Level D simulators

FlightSafety International and Metro Aviation celebrate five years of delivering training for single and multi-engine helicopters using Level D qualified simulators in Shreveport, Louisiana. “We are pleased to celebrate five years of training in Level D qualified simulators for single and multi-engine helicopters at the Metro Aviation Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana,” said David Davenport,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 22-Mar-19

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Metro delivers first IFR certified EC145e

Metro delivers first IFR certified EC145e

Metro Aviation announced the delivery of the first Single/Dual Pilot Instrument Flight Rules-capable Airbus EC145e to GundersenAIR in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. “Having IFR capabilities assures that we are providing our crews and our patients with the utmost safety and technology and we are grateful to Metro Aviation for the painstaking and meticulous work they have done… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Mar-19

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Metro outfits mission-ready H125 for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Metro outfits mission-ready H125 for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Metro recently outfitted an H125 for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office based in Tampa, Fla. “This Airbus H125 aircraft and Metro Aviation’s designed and installed mission package represents a significant increase in capabilities for our unit and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office,” said Jason Doyle, the chief pilot for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. “The staff… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 07-Mar-19

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Airbus Helicopters unveils H160 air medical cabin concept by Metro Aviation

Airbus Helicopters unveils H160 air medical cabin concept by Metro Aviation

The next-generation H160 is debuting a new air medical interior concept at this year’s Heli Expo trade show, with a cabin-mock up on the Airbus Helicopters booth completed by Metro Aviation. Metro, a longstanding partner of Airbus, developed this specific cabin concept design with needs of North American air medical operations in mind. “At Metro… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-19

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Metro Aviation presence stretches wide at Heli-Expo 2019

Metro Aviation presence stretches wide at Heli-Expo 2019

Metro Aviation continues to reinforce its presence in the helicopter industry with an interactive booth display at HELI-EXPO from March 4-7, 2019, in Atlanta, Ga. The booth will include two mission-ready, EMS helicopters: one from Wake Forest Baptist Health and the other from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Metro Aviation aims to highlight the configuration opportunities… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-19

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Metro Aviation purchases Guardian Mobility

Metro Aviation purchases Guardian Mobility

Metro Aviation continues to expand its services with the recent purchase of Guardian Mobility, a Canadian-based provider of solutions for global tracking, voice and data communications, flight data monitoring (FDM) and analytics services. Guardian’s G4 product provides global, real-time user tracking and two-way messaging in one device, and brings with it the added benefit of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Mar-19

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Metro Aviation welcomes new training manager

Metro Aviation welcomes new training manager

Metro Aviation is pleased to welcome Stewart Corbin to the team as he steps into a new role as Customer Communication Center Training Manager.  Within the same vein of Metro’s Transport Business Services and Customer Revenue Cycle Support, Stewart will provide yet another value-added service to Metro’s operations customers. “Stewart will provide industry-leading training at our customers’ communication… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 30-Jan-19

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Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro delivered a newly completed H135 for a partnership between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART program and the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Health Network Critical Care Transport Team. This helicopter boasts a distinct paint job, wrapped in branding from each program. The design mirrors DHART’s customary design, while the color scheme demonstrates the collaboration with UVM…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-18

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Metro unveils H125 configuration for Argentine state of Mendoza

Metro unveils H125 configuration for Argentine state of Mendoza

Metro Aviation recently revealed the final H125 configuration for authorities located in Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza dignitaries accepted the aircraft on behalf of its police force, which received two H125 models from Metro Aviation. The Shreveport, Louisiana-based completion center outfitted the helicopters with a Bambi Bucket for Fire Fighting, upgraded avionics systems and a premium paint… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Dec-18

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PAC delivers 3 Upgraded EC135s

PAC delivers 3 Upgraded EC135s

PAC International, a Metro Aviation company, recently delivered three refurbished Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare Program. Metro Aviation recently became the air operator for the 3-base program. The aircraft interior components were refurbished to include crew and medical attendant seats, all storage pouches, and complete reconditioning of the Metro EMS… Read more »

Source: PAC International, 15-Nov-18

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Metro progresses with FOQA program

Metro progresses with FOQA program

Metro Aviation has always been committed to safety and through its Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program, utilizing Outerlink IRIS FDM (flight data monitoring), the company is able to serve its customers with the highest degree of oversight, control and confidence that risk is reduced to the lowest possible point and safety and standardization are… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Oct-18

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Metro customers honored during community awards

Metro customers honored during community awards

Metro Aviation recognized customer recipients of the Association of Air Medical Services Community Awards and those celebrating service milestones on Tuesday during its Annual Press Event at the 2018 Air Medical Transport Conference. The event highlighted AAMS Community Awards winners and programs celebrating 20 years or more of service. Customer AAMS Community Awards Include: David… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Oct-18

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Airmedic signs purchase agreement

Airmedic signs purchase agreement

Airmedic, the only privately-owned air medical provider in Quebec, has committed to purchasing three Airbus EC145e aircraft from Metro Aviation.  These will be the first EC145e models in Canada. “The EC145e fits a variety of mission profiles,” said Metro Aviation President Mike Stanberry.  “It’s increased useful load and large cabin make it a great choice… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-18

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Metro sparks new era of helicopter safety at AMTC 2018

Metro sparks new era of helicopter safety at AMTC 2018

Metro Aviation will showcase the Airbus Helicopters EC145e capabilities during the Air Medical Transport Conference with the University of Utah Health’s AirMed helicopter. The helicopter will be displayed at Metro Aviation’s AMTC booth (#729), serving as a benchmark for the aircraft’s configuration possibilities. Conference attendees can witness first-hand the aircraft’s mission-specific gear tailored to Utah’s… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-18

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Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro Aviation recently delivered an H135 to Washington Hospital Center’s MedSTAR Transport program. The hospital partnered with Metro Aviation to customize the aircraft at Metro’s completion center in Shreveport, La. The H135 features a standard medical interior including various specialty add-ons including a Cardiosave mount for hemodynamic support and Outerlink’s IRIS – a system for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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First Flight turns 30

First Flight turns 30

In 1988, Ronald Reagan was President, shuttle Discovery led the space program back into flight nearly three years after the Challenger disaster, and, on the local front, Brevard County’s first and only air ambulance program debuted. This year marks 30 years of Health First’s First Flight — the Integrated Delivery Network’s (IDN) mobile medical unit… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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Metro delivers EC145E to University of Utah

Metro delivers EC145E to University of Utah

Metro Aviation recently delivered the first EC145e from one of its largest commercial helicopter orders to the University of Utah Health AirMed program. Metro’s completion center, located in Shreveport, Louisiana, outfitted the lightweight helicopter with mission-specific gear tailored to hot environments, high altitude conditions and avalanche rescues.  Additionally, the aircraft features standard air ambulance equipment,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Sep-18

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Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Each year the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce hosts the J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year awards, with the support of our sponsors, the Forum, Chase Bank and the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund. “The Chamber is proud to announce that our Industry of the Year Award recipient this year will… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

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MedFlight to fly into new facility

MedFlight to fly into new facility

Visitors to Troy have been watching the progress as the new Kettering hospital Troy location has been rising from the former Hobart property at the corners of West Main, Elm, and Water streets. As construction progresses, Kettering Health Network is excited to let residents know of some of the services that will be available at… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

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Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper University Health Care has expanded its life-saving air medical transport service to the South Jersey community with the addition of a new helicopter. Cooper has been providing this vital service to residents of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties since 2010. The new helicopter, Cooper 2, is based out of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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DHART expands its reach

DHART expands its reach

The University of Vermont Medical Center is taking to the sky thanks to a new partnership with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART helicopter. “It could often take three or four hours to get a sick patient from upstate rural New York to the UVM Medical Center, so the capabilities of flight really will help,” said… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Chicago’s only hospital-based medical flight program began flying a more advanced helicopter this month. The Airbus EC145 replaces the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)’s Dauphin N model helicopter, which has been in use since 1990. The retiring helicopter has transported more than 13,000 patients across the region during its tenure at the University of Chicago Medicine…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Aug-18

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Metro delivers H125 to Broward County

Metro delivers H125 to Broward County

Metro Aviation is attending the Airborne Public Safety Aviation Conference (APSCON) July 11-13 and exhibiting the first of two new H125 aircraft the company recently completed for Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO). The NVG-compatible aircraft is equipped with the Garmin G500H electronic flight display system, Cobham RT-7000 airborne tactical radio, special operations platform with external… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Jul-18

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Kopter to show law enforcement SH09 at APSCON

Kopter to show law enforcement SH09 at APSCON

The Airborne Public Safety Conference (APSCON) from 9 to 11 July in Louisville, KY, marks the site for the debut of Kopter’s SH09 multi-mission helicopter in an advanced public safety configuration engineered for Kopter by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, LA. Known primarily for their expertise in air-medical completions, Metro Aviation has expanded their proficiency in… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 09-Jul-18

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Metro Aviation delivers H145 to Avera Careflight

Metro Aviation delivers H145 to Avera Careflight

Metro Aviation recently completed a 2017 H145 for Avera Careflight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is the second aircraft Metro has completed for the program at its completion center in Shreveport, Louisiana. “Metro has been a partner of ours for several years,” said Jeff Musilek, Director of Maintenance for Careflight at Avera McKennan Hospital… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Jun-18

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Metro introduces new Rotor Wing Chief Pilot and Assistant Chief Pilot

Metro introduces new Rotor Wing Chief Pilot and Assistant Chief Pilot

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce Brian Bihler as the new Rotor Wing Chief Pilot and Alan VanDoren as the new Assistant Chief Pilot. Bihler joined Metro Aviation in 2009 and has served in the positions of HAA Pilot, Instructor, Check Airmen, Regional Training Manager, and most recently, as Assistant Chief Pilot. Prior to his… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Jun-18

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Metro study proves Pulselite’s worth in preventing bird strikes

Metro study proves Pulselite’s worth in preventing bird strikes

Use of the Precise Flight Inc. Pulselite System is a significant factor in reducing the number of bird strikes with aircraft, a new study conducted by Metro Aviation has found. Precise Flight, based in Bend, Oregon, developed the Pulselite System in 1984, and it has since been installed on over 25,000 aircraft – both fixed-… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Jun-18

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Metro Aviation delivers EC145e to Hartford Hospital

Metro Aviation delivers EC145e to Hartford Hospital

Metro Aviation recently delivered a completed EC145e to Hartford Hospital LIFE STAR, a critical care program based in Hartford, Connecticut. The aircraft’s price point and large cabin appealed to the VFR program that transports about 1,000 patients each year. “It’s important that we standardize our fleet and the EC145e is a great addition,” said Dr…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Jun-18

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Metro delivers H125 to Jujuy Province

Metro delivers H125 to Jujuy Province

Metro Aviation recently delivered a completed H125 to the Government of Jujuy Province in Argentina.  The multi-mission aircraft will be utilized for firefighting, air medical transportation and various civil patrol and ground support activities. Jujuy’s H125 is equipped with a cargo swing, quick release cargo basket, Bambi bucket, rescue hoist, removable litter kit and law… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-May-18

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Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare, a hospital-based air medical program, is the newest member of the Metro Aviation family, joining other North Carolina Metro Aviation programs Vidant EastCare and Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA). In a matter of six months, Metro Aviation procured and refurbished three Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters for the AirCare program.  Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-May-18

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Metro continues to improve the MetroAlert app

Metro continues to improve the MetroAlert app

Metro Aviation provides MetroAlert, a smartphone application that facilitates rapid communication from the field for an emergency helicopter transport, to its operations customers free of charge.  Since introducing the app, Metro has dedicated a team of developers to increasing its functionality and introducing several customer-suggested features.  Recently, Metro rolled out one of the biggest updates… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Mar-18

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Metro Aviation names new Chief Operating Officer

Metro Aviation names new Chief Operating Officer

On his first day at Metro Aviation, Kenny Morrow began his morning by getting kicked out of the Managing Director’s office.  Nearly 23 years later, Kenny is celebrating his promotion to Chief Operating Officer. “Metro has always sought to promote from within so that people with the desire and ability to advance and excel can… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-18

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Metro makes progress with FOQA program

Metro makes progress with FOQA program

The Metro Aviation leadership team continues proving its commitment to safety with the investment of time and resources into training, data mining and operational oversight.  Since receiving approval for its Flight Operations Quality Assurance program in the summer of 2017, Metro has increased its flight data monitoring-equipped aircraft to reflect nearly 65 percent of its… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Mar-18

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Metro Aviation places order for 25 Airbus EC145e

Metro Aviation places order for 25 Airbus EC145e

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced Tuesday that Metro Aviation Inc. had ordered an unprecedented 25 EC145e helicopters that it will place into service providing air medical transport and other aerial services. It is one of the larger commercial helicopter orders ever booked by the U.S. based company. Metro was the first customer in the world for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-18

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Metro completes H125 for Seminole County

Metro completes H125 for Seminole County

Metro Aviation will display Seminole County Sheriff Office’s H125 at the Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO February 26 – March 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This multi-mission law enforcement aircraft is equipped with essential mission-specific gear including a cargo hook for sling work, Bambi Bucket for fire suppression and a hoist for rescue operations. The H125… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Feb-18

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Metro Aviation celebrates 35 years of operation

Metro Aviation celebrates 35 years of operation

This year marks 35 years of a commitment to safety, quality and customer service for Metro Aviation, a privately-owned, traditional air medical operator. The company has enjoyed a long tradition of innovation and “firsts” in the industry, and it currently operates more than 140 aircraft for 35 air medical programs across the United States. Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Oct-17

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Metro Aviation adds first South African simulator customer

Metro Aviation adds first South African simulator customer

Aerios Global is the first South African company to train at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana, and says they will be back annually.  The offshore and land-based helicopter services company, stationed in Cape Town, currently operates a variety of aircraft including an EC120, AS350, AS365 and the newest addition, the EC145. … Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 02-Oct-17

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Metro Aviation deliveres EC155 to Penn State Health

Metro Aviation deliveres EC155 to Penn State Health

Metro Aviation recently delivered an EC155 to Penn State Health.  The new Life Lion is a previously owned corporate aircraft that was purchased from Malaysia.  Metro refurbished the 2011 aircraft and converted the interior to a medical configuration, which will provide more space to carry additional specialty crewmembers than the program’s current fleet of AS365… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Sep-17

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Mission’s Mama Team Christens New Helicopter

Mission’s Mama Team Christens New Helicopter

It is said that a group doesn’t necessarily constitute a team. At Mission Health, there are more than 12,000 of us who are far more than just a group of employees, we are a team, a family. We are people who strive together in various capacities in the common purpose of caring for the residents… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, has expanded its international reach to New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recognized and approved the new EC145 Level D simulator training provided to HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago.  Authorities from the FAA, Argentina and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 16-Jun-17

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NZ CAA approves Metro Aviation EC145 simulator

NZ CAA approves Metro Aviation EC145 simulator

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, has expanded its international reach to New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recognized and approved the new EC145 Level D simulator training provided to HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago.  Authorities from the FAA, Argentina and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 07-Jun-17

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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

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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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19-May-17 N197LL Airbus EC145 Terre Haute, US-Indiana

While in cruise flight at 3000 MSL, a “loud bang” was heard with a secondary “loud rushing” noise. The pilot verified no flight control or system malfunction and initiated a precautionary landing to nearest suitable landing area. After landing, a post-flight inspection revealed a broken copilot chin bubble with bird remains. No occupant was seated… Read more »

19-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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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