Metro Aviation, August 05, 2020 - Shreveport, LA - HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a statewide hospital-based program headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, is adding an IFR-equipped Airbus EC145e to their fleet.
The aircraft will enter service later this month in support of Charleston Area Medical Center. This is the eleventh HealthNet interior completed by Metro Aviation.
“HealthNet Aeromedical Services values its decades-long partnership with Metro Aviation for completion services on our twin-engine aircraft and with Airbus for our entire fleet of helicopters,” said HealthNet Aeromedical Services President and CEO Clinton Burley. “These relationships are built on mutual respect and a crystal-clear focus on operational safety and the clinical needs of the patients we serve.”
“Few things in this industry are as important as the relationships you build,” said Metro Aviation President and CEO Mike Stanberry. “One of the relationships we are most proud of is the one we’ve developed with Clinton Burley and HealthNet Aeromedical Services. They are frontrunners in everything they do and we are proud to be a small part of it.”
Metro completed the aircraft at its Shreveport, Louisiana headquarters, equipping the EC145e with a Metro Aviation medical interior. The aircraft is also equipped with the Genesys Aerosystems IFR platform with HeliSAS/EFIS
technology and three-axis Autopilot.
Ahead of the first aircraft entering service, HealthNet has signed an agreement to purchase a second EC145e, to be delivered in 2021. That aircraft will replace the program’s current EC145 serving their Morgantown, West Virginia
base which supports WVU Medicine. The aircraft’s improved capabilities will greatly enhance the hospital’s ability to transport ECMO, pediatric, and other specialty patients.
“HealthNet Aeromedical Services and its owner health systems are pleased to place an order for another EC145e. This signing marks our third such aircraft in the 145 series,” said Burley. “Undoubtedly the 145e is the most mission-versatile and cost-effective helicopter air ambulance platform available. Its utilization within our fleet exemplifies our 34-year commitment to the delivery of safe, high quality and cutting-edge transport medicine. We are pleased to partner with both Airbus and Metro Aviation and see this aircraft enter patient service in 2021.”
The EC145e will join HealthNet Aeromedical Services’ current Airbus-exclusive fleet, consisting of two EC145s, five EC135s, and four EC130s.
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.
HealthNet Aeromedical Services’ Fleet Continues to Grow, Expand Critical Care Transport Capabilities
HealthNet Aeromedical Services - August 3, 2020 - HealthNet Aeromedical Services is once again expanding its fleet with the addition of a new EC145e to serve Northern West Virginia. A purchase agreement has been signed with Metro Aviation with expected delivery of the aircraft in the spring of 2021.
“HealthNet Aeromedical Services and its owner health systems are pleased to place an order for another EC145e. This aircraft is undoubtedly the most mission-versatile and cost-effective helicopter air ambulance platform available. Its utilization within our fleet exemplifies our 34-year commitment to the delivery of safe, high quality, and cutting-edge transport medicine,” said Clinton Burley, president and CEO of HealthNet Aeromedical Services.
The new helicopter, which is equipped with the latest aviation and medical technology, will be based in Morgantown, West Virginia, and will replace the current EC145 serving WVU Medicine. The current aircraft will be relocated to HealthNet Aeromedical Services’ Moundsville, West Virginia base, improving critical care capabilities in WVU Medicine’s Northern Panhandle service area and beyond.
“Whether they’re coming from the scene of an accident or from another healthcare facility, the patients who are flown to us are often the sickest of the sick,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System, said. “The fact that this aircraft can transport two patients at a time and can be used for complex specialty transports means that these patients – from critically ill newborns to adults – can begin receiving the life-saving care they need as quickly as possible.”
This purchase agreement marks the third aircraft in the 145 series to enter the program’s fleet. The EC145e will join HealthNet Aeromedical Services’ current Airbus-exclusive fleet, consisting of two EC145s, five EC135s, and four EC130s.
"Few things in this industry are as important as the relationships that you build. One of the relationships that we’re so proud of is the one we’ve developed with HealthNet Aeromedical Services,” said Metro Aviation President and CEO Mike Stanberry. “They are front runners in the air medical industry and we’re proud to play a role in their program’s continued growth.”
The ceremonial purchase agreement signing took place in front of the EC145e purchased in 2019 which will serve the program’s Beckley, West Virginia base in support of Charleston Area Medical Center. HealthNet Aeromedical leaders traveled to Metro Aviation’s headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana to do the final interior and exterior inspection of the aircraft which will officially go into service on August 26, 2020.