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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Metro Aviation Acquires PAC Aerospace

By Dale Smith

Metro Aviation has completed and delivered the first of three Eurocopter EC145s for Sanford Health’s base in Sioux Falls, S.D. The other two EC145s will be delivered in late 2012 and be stationed out of Fargo, N.D.  Photos courtesy of Metro Aviation
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation (Booth 2110) has acquired Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC International) Helicopter Support Services.

Based in Mount Pleasant, Pa., PAC International has been providing helicopter completions, maintenance, avionics upgrades and other services for more than 30 years.

“We felt this acquisition was important for two reasons: One is it immediately gives Metro the ability we need to support our own fleet operations, as well as [operators] based in the northeastern and central regions of the U.S.,” said Metro Aviation’s President, Mike Stanberry.

“PAC is primarily a Bell and AgustaWestland shop now, but we see this as an opportunity to expand their services to include the region’s growing number of Eurocopter products,” he explained.

The other reason is that because of PAC’s experience with Bell variants, “we will have the flexibility to shift some of our single-engine completion work up there, which will give us more capabilities to handle the larger, twin-engine completion projects in Shreveport,” he added.

Stanberry said that because of the growth potential the company sees in both maintenance and completions, Metro has already started making equipment upgrades at PAC International’s facility. While PAC is now part of the Metro Aviation family, Stanberry notes that the company is keeping its corporate name and identity to “continue to capitalize on an already established brand.”

 

Metro Aviation completed this Eurocopter EC155B1 for the University of Michigan’s Survival Flight Critical Care and it will be on display during Heli-Expo 2012 at Metro’s booth, #2110. Metro recently received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the EC155B1 emergency medical system kit, with the UM helicopter becoming the first in the U.S. to receive the upgrade.

The PAC International acquisition isn’t the only thing Metro Aviation is celebrating during Heli-Expo. The company recently announced receiving an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of a complete emergency medical system kit for the Eurocopter EC155 B1.

The first EMS helicopter completed with the new EMS system, belongs to University of Michigan’s Survival Flight Critical Care and is on display at the Metro Aviation booth.

Also taking place at the Metro booth is a series of events tailored to mark the completions provider’s 30th year in business.

Stanberry founded Metro Aviation in 1982 as an air medical and electronic newsgathering (ENG) service using a Hughes 500.

In the mid-1980s, the business expanded into the helicopter completions sector, growing over the years to today’s fleet of more than 90 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

 

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