American Eurocopter has delivered first EC155 to Metro Aviation
EC155 helicopter will be completed by Metro and then re-delivered to the University of Michigan
American Eurocopter has announced that it has shipped the first EC155 bound for the University of Michigan’s Survival Flight program to Metro Aviation, the air medical service provider and helicopter completions specialist based in Shreveport for completion. This aircraft is the first of three EC155s to be delivered this year. It is currently scheduled to be completed this October, after which it will be put into service at U-M and will be the first EMS-configured EC155 in service in the United States.
“The University of Michigan’s Survival Flight is a very impressive program,” said Marc Paganini, president and chief executive officer of American Eurocopter. “Their commitment to providing the best possible care to their patients is reflected in their selection of the EC155 as the future of their program. This aircraft will provide them with the size, exceptional performance and the latest technologies to meet their HEMS and critical care missions.”
The EC155 has been proven throughout the world in HEMS missions, but Survival Flight will be the first HEMS operator in the United States to fly the EC155.
“We are very excited to receive this aircraft and look forward to its completion,” stated Denise Landis, Survival Flight critical care manager. “This has been a long process, but it has been rewarding. We believe that the EC155 is the helicopter that will provide our patients with the best possible service and will expand with us as we bring our program into the future.”