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  Heli-Expo 2016

Metro Aviation completes AS350 for scientific research


Metro Aviation completed a H125/AS350B3e as a one-of-a-kind helicopter to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.


Metro Aviation completes AS350 for scientific research


Metro Aviation, March 02, 2016 - Louisville, KY – Metro Aviation, a worldwide aircraft completion leader, recently delivered a one-of-a-kind helicopter to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

The Airbus H125 (formerly the AS350) will serve as a unique observation platform to provide the scientific community with the capability to make unprecedented observations about the earth’s climate system and human health.

Metro’s team of engineers worked closely with Dean Roni Avissar to create an attachment to hold a system of sophisticated scientific sensors and a full inertial monitoring system, including differential GPS and accelerometers. The final sensor carrying rod measured just under 13 feet long and was mounted on the aircraft using a Meeker Aviation AirFilm Camera System and a vibration damping device.

“Adapting our scientific instrumentation on a helicopter in a way that eliminates aerodynamic and mechanical interferences with the measurements is a complex engineering and realization project,” said Avissar. “Metro Aviation has been a fantastic partner in this project, helping us address challenging issues while working with a difficult timetable. Their amazing technological capability and enthusiasm to help us obtain the best possible system has been tremendously invaluable to what is a very unique project.”

“The observations we can achieve with our new aircraft are crucial to improving our understanding of the climate system, especially in relation to weather forecasting and human health,” said Avissar.

For more information on Metro’s capabilities, visit HELI-EXPO Booth #9337, March 1-3, in Louisville, KY.

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 the EC135 and EC145 with several Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) developed by the company for these and other aircraft. 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 is one of the largest traditional air medical providers in the country.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School: The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.

Aircraft mentioned in this article :
Eurocopter AS350B3e Ecureuil N350UM     ( Metro Aviation )

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Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil in USMetro Aviation

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