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Tanis Aircraft Products Offers Preheat Systems For Eurocopter Helicopters

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, JANUARY 25, 2012 - Tanis Aircraft Products announced today the availability of its aircraft preheat systems for the Eurocopter line of helicopters, a manufacturer of civilian and military models. Tanis is the technology and innovation leader in aircraft preheat systems and has been developing preheat systems for a variety of rotary wing aircraft for more than 20 years.

Eurocopter manufactures the EC155 helicopter, a long-range twin-engine medium-lift passenger transport helicopter, along with many other models. Collaborating with Metro Aviation, Inc. at their corporate headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana, representatives from Tanis reviewed the configuration of a Tanis preheat system to be installed on multiple EC155s, designated for a specific customer. The new system comprises a simple plug-in design for preheating critical components of the EC155 during cold weather operations. Tanis develops preheat systems for new Eurocopter helicopter models and offers retrofit systems in for legacy models.

A complete Tanis preheat system for rotary wing aircraft is comprised of several specifically engineered heating elements that can be affixed to the engine oil reservoir and sump, hydraulic reservoir, reduction gearbox, accessory case, fuel control unit, and more. Each system is designed to protect critical components from cold starts, reduce the likelihood of damage, and to shave critical minutes off time to launch. When factoring in all costs, including time and fuel, reduced wear and faster launch times, a Tanis Preheat System is a money-saver for helicopter operators of any size.

Well-respected manufacturers, operators, completion and MRO centers, such as Metro Aviation, agree that Tanis is leading in its field, and they are embracing Tanis preheat technology. Tanis is the only company providing complete aircraft and engine preheat systems for piston, turbine and rotary wing aircraft.

Bob Krueger, President of Tanis, stated, "Our founder, Pete Tanis, developed the patents and technologies that are known to be state of the art in aircraft preheat. We build a quality product and aggressively support our systems." Krueger concluded, "It is for these reasons that helicopter operators specify Tanis when their operations require helicopter preheat in cold climates."

See Tanis Aircraft Products at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas, from February 12-14. Tanis booth number 7523.

About Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation, Inc., based in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, is a worldwide provider of completion services for all types of helicopters and missions. Metro Aviation specializes in the EC135 and EC145 offering numerous Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) developed by the company for these and other aircraft. Metro Aviation is an FAA Approved Repair Station, an approved Eurocopter Service Center, and a FAR Part 135 Air Ambulance and Emergency Medical Service/Helicopter (EMS/H) operator with 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 and its products or services, please contact Milton K. Geltz at 318-222-5529, or mgeltz@metroaviation.com.

About Tanis

For over 37 years, Tanis has been the technology and innovation leader in aircraft preheat systems. Tanis supports the aviation industry with products that make winter flying safer. For further information on Tanis preheat technology, contact Tanis Aircraft Products, 14871 Pioneer Trail, Suite 200, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; call 952-224-4425 or toll-free in U.S. and most of Canada 1-800-443-2136; or log on to www.TanisAircraft.com.


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