Metro Aviation Delivers New EC135 to CALSTAR

18 APRIL 2013 - Shreveport, LA --    

Metro Aviation recently delivered the third of eight new EC135s to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR).  The new aircraft are part of a comprehensive fleet upgrade and standardization plan for the helicopter emergency medical service based in McClellan, CA.  Metro will provide eight EC135s to replace the program's older fleet, making it an all-Eurocopter operator. 

The EC135s are equipped with the Voyager Isolette Litter, single external LOX, air pump and medical seating for three.  The aircraft will also utilize North Flight Data Systems' Light Aircraft Recording System (LARS). 

"CALSTAR is completely satisfied with the decision to partner with Metro Aviation for the completion of eight new EC135 aircraft," said Jim Arthur, CALSTAR Director of Operations. "Each aircraft was completed on or before the projected delivery date, met our exact specifications, and is supported by a customer service team that is second to none. Our organization is looking forward to working with Metro for many successful years ahead."

CALSTAR provides medical transportation around the clock and specializes in the air transport of pediatric patients.  Since beginning flight operations in 1984, CALSTAR has transported more than 40,000 critically injured or ill patients to hospitals and trauma centers throughout California and Northern Nevada. 

Metro Aviation is completing all eight EC135s at its completion facility in Shreveport, LA.

About Metro Aviation

Metro 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 Aviation 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.  For additional information regarding Metro Aviation, Inc. and any of its products or services, please contact Milton K. Geltz at 318.222.5529 or mgeltz@metroaviation.com.

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