In a first for Canada, Airmedic, the only privately owned air medical provider in Quebec, has committed to purchasing three Airbus Helicopters EC145e aircraft from Metro Aviation.
The aircraft will be the first EC145e models to operate in Canada. Airmedic’s investment will enable the company to deploy aircraft tailored for air medical transport, known for its versatility and reliability, to support lifesaving missions throughout Quebec. The new helicopters bring the company’s total fleet to nine aircraft entirely dedicated to EMS.
“The EC145e fits a variety of mission profiles,” said Metro Aviation President Mike Stanberry. “Its increased useful load and large cabin make it a great choice for the Canadian market. We are excited to see it gain momentum there and look forward to a great relationship with Airmedic.”
The new aircraft will be completed at Metro’s facility in Shreveport, Louisiana, and equipped with Metro’s EMS interior, as well as Genesys Aerosystem’s HeliSAS three-axis autopilot stability augmentation system (HeliSAS) and Genesys EFIS system for single/dual pilot IFR operation.
Metro and Genesys Aerosystems have partnered together before on the EC145e and expect an IFR certification for the three-axis HeliSAS for the EC145e in late December. The companies then will pursue Transport Canada certification.
“We have always been striving to set the standards of our industry, to build a culture of excellence and to capitalize on the most advanced equipment and technologies. Today, we are improving on an already highly performing aircraft fleet with the world’s best aircraft in order to provide better coverage of the territory, more strategic dispatching, and enhanced services to our clients,” said Sophie Larochelle, EVP of Airmedic.
In addition to completing the aircraft, Metro Aviation will also carry out the required training for Airmedic’s instructors and pilots, utilizing the EC145 Level D full-motion simulator at the Helicopter Flight Training Center.
The first two aircraft will be delivered to Airmedic in early 2019, with the final helicopter delivered by September.