NORTH FDS receives FAA STC approval for EC.155 LARS
NORTH FDS, April 24, 2012 - ARLINGTON, TX - NORTH Flight Data Systems, LLC( NORTH FDS) is pleased to announce they have received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for the installation of their Lightweight Aircraft Recording (LARS) system in the Eurocopter EC155 series helicopters.
In cooperation with Metro Aviation, Inc., NORTH FDS integrated their voice, video and flight data recording system into the EC155B1 airframe. The system provides six channels of audio, one channel of video, and in excess of 200 separate parameters of recorded digital aircraft data.
Metro Aviation, Inc. was selected to provide the completion services for the three EC155B1 airframes that will be operated by the University of Michigan Health System air medical provider, Survival Flight. Metro Aviation is a longtime helicopter operations and completion provider with the main offices for the company located in Shreveport, Louisiana. The company operates almost 100 air medical aircraft around the United States. Located in Ann Arbor, Survival Flight has been providing critical care transport since 1983 when they initiated service as the first air medical provider in the state of Michigan.
Jeff Warner, President of NORTH FDS said ”As a follow on to our successful integration into the EC135 fleet we are fortunate to have the cooperation of Metro Aviation and the University of Michigan to pursue the installation. We are excited about bringing sophisticated tools in an affordable package to the market and advancing the use of data for Flight Operations and Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs.“
About NORTH Flight Data Systems
Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, NORTH Flight Data Systems, LLC is a world class technology company dedicated to the design, manufacture, and distribution of the most advanced safety product line and services in the general aviation industry. NORTH FDS provides the most comprehensive LARS technology and a suite of software for the fixed and rotor wing community.
About Metro Aviation, Incorporated
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 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.
Eurocopter EC155B1 N156UM ( Metro Aviation )