First civilian operated EMS helicopters in Korea
Metro Aviation to deliver third helicopter by end of September
Metro Aviation completed two EC135 aircraft
for the Republic
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.
“Every resource Metro Aviation, Inc.
possesses was challenged by this project,” said Milton Geltz, managing director
of Metro Aviation. “The 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
Korean Air Lines began operational services
with the EC135’s on 1 September 2011.
Geltz added, “Metro 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.”
Korean Air Lines has contracted completion
of a third EC135 which will be shipped 20 September 2011.