Metro Aviation has announced a new operations customer, UVA Health, which is, in addition, the recipient of an Airbus EC145e for its Pegasus Programme critical care fleet. The new air ambulance will replace the programme’s AW109 and marks the first aircraft Metro has completed for UVA Health – a long-standing provider of medical transport services within a 120-nautical-mile radius of Charlottesville, Virginia.
The new EC145e has Metro’s standard medical interior, including the Stryker Performance Manual Load, which allows the medical crew to load the Stryker litter into a ground ambulance equipped with the Powered Stryker System. Additionally, the aircraft has Outerlink Global Solutions’ IRIS combined voice, video and flight data recorder, a crucial element for pilot training.
“Our flight team plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between community care and specialised services at UVA Health,” said Jermaine Clayborne, Medical Transport Network Manager, UVA Health. “We are excited to continue providing care to the most critically ill patients. This now includes the ability to fly patients who require an intra-aortic balloon pump or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) life support.”
“In addition to completing this new aircraft for UVA Health, we are thrilled to be welcoming UVA to the Metro family,” added Todd Stanberry, Co-Owner of Metro. “We are committed to staying true to who we are and only partnering with customers that align with our values and dedication to safety. We are excited to welcome UVA to the Metro family, and we look forward to many years of service to them and to the great people of Charlottesville.”
Image: UVA Health and Metro Aviation