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News > American Eurocopter's AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation's training program

American Eurocopter's AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation's training program

February 14, 2012

AS350 Flight SimulatorDallas, Texas – Metro Aviation has signed an agreement with American Eurocopter to use the AS350 Flight Simulator as part of the operator’s pilot training program. American Eurocopter owns the only AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator in the world.

“We are strong advocates of simulator training for EMS pilots,” said Mike Stanberry, President of Metro Aviation. “In fact, we have been using simulator training for all our pilots for the last three years. The availability of the AS350 simulator will allow us to put our AStar pilots into the actual model they fly and practice emergency procedures that you couldn’t perform in a real airframe.”

The arrangement with American Eurocopter is a dry lease agreement with Metro Aviation providing its own instructor pilots. The operator has a long-standing relationship with American Eurocopter, whose helicopters represent the core of their fleet.

“We continue to add new Eurocopter helicopters to our fleet and have accumulated training credits, which we are utilizing with this program,” continued Stanberry. “The fact that this was a full motion simulator was very important to us. We are also going to take advantage of the additional capabilities this simulator offers such as training for inadvertent instrument metrological conditions (IIMC).”

American Eurocopter has developed a new IIMC course which is not model-specific. Metro Aviation pilots will go through IIMC training, practice system failures, and perform emergency procedures as part of their time in the simulator. Preparations for the program are underway, with the first instructors arriving in Grand Prairie this week. At first, theAS350 simulator will be used for recurrent training, but Stanberry expects it will be used for some initial pilot training as well.

Metro Aviation, based in Shreveport, LA, has been in the air medical service business for over 30 years. The company currently operates a fleet 91 rotary-and fixed-wing aircraft, which includes a fleet of 81 Eurocopter helicopters. With these aircraft, Metro Aviation serves 25 programs across the United States.

Metro Aviation’s Aircraft Operations Division provides traditional aviation services including emergency transport as well as inter-hospital transfers. Metro Aviation’s Aircraft Completion Division provides turn-key completions for a wide range of medical, offshore, law-enforcement, VIP, corporate and utility helicopters.

For more information on American Eurocopter’s presence at Heli-Expo 2012, see the event page.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.

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