06 MAR 2023 – Shreveport, LA – UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care(UC Health) is upgrading its fleet of critical care helicopters with the addition of a new Airbus EC145e aircraft. The new helicopter will be replacing several older BK 117 aircraft currently in operation and is the third aircraft Metro Aviation has completed for Cincinnati-based UC Health.
The new EC145e is equipped with Metro's standard medical interior and Genesys Aerosystems' instrument flight rules (IFR) HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation, providing safety and workload reduction for both single and dual pilot operations. The aircraft also includes Outerlink Global Solutions’ IRIS combined voice, video, and flight data recorder - a Metro must-have. The video function and data monitoring are crucial for pilot training. The flight following, push-to-talk radio, and live alerts and warnings allow the operational control center to verify conditions in real time.
“UC Health is so excited to welcome our newest addition to the UC Health Air Care fleet,” said Ruda Jenkins, Program Director for UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care. “It has been a pleasure working with Metro Aviation on the completion of our third aircraft. UC Health values the partnership we have with Metro Aviation and the attention to detail regarding aviation safety, patient safety, and provider workflow. Together we will continue to provide the highest quality medical care to Southwest Ohio.”
Metro Aviation, Genesys Aerosystems and S-TEC established a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft in February 2019. The HeliSAS system is a safety upgrade that significantly reduces the pilot's workload, making it easier to adjust radios, set destinations, and more. The new medical helicopter also includes the Genesys Aerosystems IDU-450 EFIS. The IDU (Integrated Display Units) and EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) configure the aircraft's display screens in various ways to show flight instruments, moving maps, flight planner, traffic and terrain, weather radar, engine displays, and more.
Metro Aviation will display the new UC Health EC145e aircraft during Heli-Expo 2023 in Atlanta, March 7-9, on Booth C4012.
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 air-medical completions with several Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) developed by the company for a wide variety of helicopters. Metro is an FAA approved repair station, approved Airbus (Eurocopter) Service Center and FAR Part 135 air medical operations provider at several locations across the United States. The company is privately held and the largest traditional air medical provider in the country. For additional information regarding Metro Aviation, Inc. and any of its products or services, please contact Kristen King Holmes at 318.698.5200 or [email protected].
About UC Health:
UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching – a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes and centers, including the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at UCHealth.com.
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