Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Metro Crosses Back Over to Bell with Paradigm
If Turbomeca can work with Bell Helicopter, why not Metro Aviation? Following in the footsteps of another longtime Eurocopter partner – Turbomeca reached its first-ever agreement with Bell to power the short light single (SLS) during the Paris Air Show in June – Metro is rejoining the ranks of Bell operators with the acquisition of four 407GXs for Tampa General Hospital’s Aeromed program. Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation started supporting the EMS program on August 1 using three spare EC135s and an Aeromed BK117 until the four Bell 407GXs arrive. Delivery is scheduled to start in late September and continue until mid-November.
As part of the 407GX completions program, Metro subsidiary Paradigm Aerospace Corp. will install a number of upgrades, including a light aircraft recording system (LARS) from North Flight Data Systems, S-Tech HeliSAS, Garmin G1000, terrain awareness and warning system (H-TAWS), and synthetic vision system (SVS).
The deal marks the first time in 25 years that Metro will operate a Bell model. According to the company’s website, 90 of the 92 rotorcraft Metro flies are Eurocopter variants, with the other two being an MD900 and a Sikorsky S-76.
Related: Air Medical News