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Simulators arrive at Metro Aviation

Shreveport, Louisiana -- Metro Aviation announces that FlightSafety International will provide flight simulators for its Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

"As an operator of more than 100 aircraft, Metro requires each of our pilots to undergo simulator training. This agreement with FlightSafety demonstrates Metro Aviation's dedication to safety and commitment to operate and maintain our aircraft to the highest standards," said Mike Stanberry, President Metro Aviation.
FlightSafety's Eurocopter AS350 Level 7 FTD has been relocated from the company's Learning Center in Tucson, Arizona and installed at Metro Aviation. It is expected to enter service early in 2014 and will be used primarily for non aircraft type specific Night Vision Goggle and Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions Training.
A full flight Level D qualified Eurocopter EC135 simulator, designed and manufactured by FlightSafety, is scheduled to arrive at Metro Aviation's Training Center in the second quarter of 2014. The simulator features FlightSafety's latest advances in technology including the VITAL visual system and electric motion and control loading. Metro will also support FlightSafety's design and development of the world's first Eurocopter EC145 Level D full flight simulator.
"Installing FlightSafety simulators at our Training Center will increase the efficiency of the training programs we provide our pilots and maintenance technicians," said Terry Palmer, Metro's Director of Training. "The simulators will also be used by other helicopter operators that establish and conduct their own in-house training programs."
In addition to simulators, the Training Center offers innovative classrooms, including a dedicated maintenance overhaul classroom. Metro began offering factory maintenance training classes with Turbomeca in August. Training for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines is also provided by FlightSafety at the Training Center. The courses are offered on a quarterly basis.

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 318.698.5200 or kking@metroaviation.com.

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