Metro Aviation has first EMS-configured EC155 B1 in the United States

Metro Aviation UofM EC155Metro Aviation is in the
process of completing the first of three EC155 B1 aircraft for the University of Michigan Survival Flight. The aircraft
will be the first EC155 B1 equipped and operated with an EMS package in the United States. (photograph of helicopter in the hangar by Kelly Cathey)

The first aircraft is
currently in the painting phase of completion and is scheduled for review by Survival Flight critical care manager, Denise Landis, at the end of the week. The EC155
B1 will be painted University of Michigan maize and blue, similar to the Bell 430 currently in
service for Survival Flight.EC155 cabin replica

Since the University is the
first customer for the EC155 B1 and there were few resources available for the
preliminary design phase of the program, Metro Aviation built a scale model of
the EC155 B1 cabin for Survival Flight to review before completion of the
aircraft began. The model provided survival flight the capability to experience
the large cabin space that the EC155 B1 has to offer.

(photograph of the cabin replica by Jennifer Robison)

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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