Newsletter #361 | News
Metro Aviation launches air medical service with West Michigan Air Care
West Michigan Air Care (WMAC) signed with Metro Aviation for a EC145e to start operations from September 1st.
Metro Aviation, August 30, 2016 - Metro Aviation welcomes West Michigan Air Care (WMAC) to the Metro family with the delivery of an EC145e and assumption of operations of the Kalamazoo-based air medical program beginning Sept. 1.
“West Michigan Air Care has provided quality service since 1993, and we are happy to help them continue their legacy,” said Metro president Mike Stanberry. “They were among the first 25 programs in the nation to receive the CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services) certification, and we believe WMAC and Metro share a commitment to excellence that will be the foundation for a lasting partnership.”
Until now, WMAC has operated under its own Part 135 certificate, but contracted with Metro to allow staff to solely focus on the excellent level of care they’re known for, while also reducing overhead operating costs.
“Metro Aviation has an excellent track record of providing safe, high quality air transport services and will be an excellent partner for Air Care as we continue the important work of stabilizing and transporting critically ill and injured adults, children and infants from our region,” said Charles Zeller, M.D., WMAC board chair. “We look forward to this new partnership with a great deal of enthusiasm.”
WMAC currently flies a Dauphin, but will utilize the EC145e until making the final decision for its permanent aircraft configuration. WMAC is a cooperative program sponsored by Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital.
Specializing in inter-hospital transfers, specialty team transports and scene calls, WMAC operates within a 75-mile radius and 200-mile secondary radius of its Kalamazoo base.
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.
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