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Metro Aviation to Operate First Bell Product in 25 Years

Shreveport, LA -- After 25 years, Metro Aviation will again be operating a Bell Helicopter product.  The milestone is the result of the recent agreement with Tampa General Hospital's (TGH) Aeromed program. 
 
Tampa General's Aeromed program transports critically ill or injured patients from their 23 surrounding counties.  Metro began operations on August 1.  During the transition period, Aeromed is utilizing its existing Eurocopter BK117 and 3 of Metro's spare EC135's.  This fleet will continue while awaiting the delivery of four new Bell 407GX aircraft to be completed by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Metro Aviation.
 
PAC is equipping the new aircraft with North Flight Data Systems' Light Aircraft Recording System, S-Tech HeliSAS, Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System, Garmin G1000 and a synthetic vision system. Mike Stanberry, Owner and President of Metro Aviation stated, "We are happy that Aeromed has willingly embraced the additional safety equipment being installed on the aircraft that will exceed the expected NTSB/FAA rules including situational simulator training."  
When asked about the transition process, John Scott, Nurse Manager for the Aeromed program said, "I am completely impressed with Metro Aviation and their services and attention to detail." Scott continued, "I am looking forward to a long term relationship with such a great company."
 
Metro Aviation completed all pilot and mechanic training on schedule.  Aeromed will receive the first of four Bell 407GX aircraft in late September with all aircraft to be delivered and operational by mid November.
 
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 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.  For additional information regarding Metro Aviation, Inc. and any of its products or services, please contact Kristen King Holmes at 318.222.5529 or kking@metroaviation.com.
 
About Paradigm Aerospace Corporation
 
Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, based in Mount Pleasant, PA, United States is a Metro Aviation company specializing in helicopter completions and maintenance repairs.  PAC has completed nearly 400 helicopter customizations over the last 20 years.  For additional information regarding Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, please contact Dayna Cortazzo at 724.887.4413 or dcortazzo@paradigm-aero.com.

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