Metro Aviation, the Shreveport, La., EMS provider and completions facility, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The company was launched at Baton Rouge Municipal Airport, then moved to Shreveport. Metro Aviation initially provided aircraft maintenance services and flew aeromedical and news gathering missions in a Hughes 500. The missions were unique, in that while gathering news, the helicopter was on standby for EMS calls.
The families of the flight instructor and student pilot who were killed when their Cessna was overtaken and struck by a PHI Medical EMS helicopter have filed a $120 million wrongful death suit against the helicopter owner and its pilot.
EMS Aviation, now a Honeywell company, is continuing to find customers for its Aspire 200 LG data connectivity system. Anderson Aviation recently selected the system for a Citation Sovereign to be operated by the Vancouver, B.C., charter and aircraft management firm on behalf of the airplane’s Canadian owner.
EMS Sky Connect introduced the Forté AirMail service last month, pitching it as giving passengers “pole-to-pole, anywhere-on-the-globe, unfettered in-flight e-mail access.” The system uses the Iridium network to provide e-mail access to any Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone or PDA. “We tested every device we could find and everything we tested worked,” said EMS Sky Connect general manager Steve Silverman.