March 6, 2011 - Shreveport, LA -- Metro Aviation, Inc. has announced that Richard E. “Rich” Gross has recently been hired as the Assistant Director of Operations for the company. Gross brings with him over twenty years in the helicopter business with extensive experience with air medical and law enforcement flight operations around the country. Prior to joining Metro Aviation, Gross held positions as Senior Director of Sales for American Eurocopter and is also the former Director of Operations for STAT MedEvac. Gross was instrumental in initiating the FAR Part 135 air carrier certificate for the Center for Emergency Medicine STAT MedEvac air medical program based in Pittsburg, PA.
Company President and Owner, Mike Stanberry commented, “We’ve known and worked with Rich for many years and we’re excited to have his talent and experience here at Metro.”
Rich Gross holds an airline transport rating in helicopters, is a certified flight instructor and instrument instructor for helicopters in addition to an instrument and commercial airplane pilot.
About Metro Aviation, Incorporated:
LMetro Aviation, Inc., based in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States is a worldwide provider of completion services for all missions and types of helicopters and specializes in the EC135 and EC145 with several Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) developed by the company for these and other aircraft. Metro is an FAA approved repair station, approved Eurocopter Service Center and FAR Part 135 air medical operations provider at several locations across the United States. The company is privately held and is one of the largest traditional air medical providers in the country.
Metro Aviation Inc. recently entered into a contract with STAT MedEvac for three EC135 and two EC145 aircraft completions.
Metro will provide eight EC135s to replace the program's older fleet, making it an all-Eurocopter operator.
Terry Palmer has joined the company as the new Director of Training.