Metro Aviation takes on northern Arizona HEMS operations

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Metro Aviation has been awarded the operations contract for HEMS operations in the northern part of Arizona. Taking on operations management of Guardian Air Transport, air medical programme for Northern Arizona Healthcare.
At present, Guardian Air Transport  formed in 1985 as the state’s first not for profit air ambulance service, operates from eight bases for scene calls, inter-facility transfers as well as, neonatal transports.

“We are extremely humbled and honoured to have been chosen by the great people at Guardian Air and Northern Arizona Healthcare. We have spent a great deal of time getting to know the team at Guardian Air over the past several months and are excited to partner with another excellent, hospital-based air medical program that shares our values and commitment to safety,” said Metro Co-Owner Todd Stanberry. “We’ve worked very hard to maintain as many of the program’s current pilots and maintenance technicians as possible to ensure continuity, with our collective effort always focused on safety. It is truly refreshing to witness such genuine passion and drive to do the right thing for the patient”.

The transfer of operations management will be phased over the coming months and Metro is in the process of training pilots, technicians, medical crews, and communication specialists.

Metro Aviation delivers EC145e to LIFE FORCE

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LIFE FORCE Air Medical is upgrading its fleet of critical care helicopters with the addition of a new Airbus EC145e aircraft. It will be the first EC145e in the program’s history and will be replacing the LIFE FORCE 1 aircraft at their Cleveland, TN base.

The new EC145e will allow LIFE FORCE to fly greater distances and provide transport to patients in need of ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) as well as balloon pumps for patients who require cardiovascular support. The aircraft is equipped with Metro Aviation’s EMS and Options STC as well as the Stryker Performance Pro Gurney that allows the aircraft gurney to interface with ground units that have the Stryker Power load system installed.

“Prior to the pandemic, and certainly during it, we recognized a need to have the ability to transport critical care patients requiring more specialized equipment and additional personnel,” said LIFE FORCE Senior Director Robbie Tester. “Our new EC145e will allow us to accomplish these highly specialized missions safely and effectively.”

The aircraft will be operated by Med-Trans Corporation.