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Metro Aviation Delivers H145 to Suff olk County Police Department

The Suff olk County (New York) Police Department recently added a new H145 (formerly known as the EC145) to its fl eet, replacing an older AS350B2.

completed the twin-engine aircraft completion center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

From Left to Right: State Representative Tony Tinderholt, General Manager of Global Customer Training Ray Lamas, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, Bell Helicopter President and CEO John Garrison, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, U.S. Congressman Joe Barton, Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, State Representative Chris Turner, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Thornton

Offi cials Host Grand Opening Ceremony of the Bell Helicopter Training Academy

Bell Helicopter recently celebrated a ribbon- cutting ceremony announcing its newly opened Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Fort Worth, Texas. U.S. Congressman Joe Barton, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price joined Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO John Garrison to commemorate the occasion and have a fi rst- hand look at the state-of-the-art facility.

“We continue to invest in our future to ensure we remain a global leader in the industry,” said John Garrison. “This is the fi nal step in completing our consolidation eff orts in the North Texas area, and we are proud of the Bell Helicopter team, community, customers, and partners that made this vision a success.”

Speakers commented on how the new facility highlights the positive impact of general aviation throughout North Texas and the support of Bell Helicopter’s customers’ around the world. Also noted was Bell Helicopter’s commitment to Fort Worth, as well as the company’s desire to help revitalize Northeast Tarrant County.

“Tarrant County is proud to partner with Bell Helicopter on these corporate revitalization eff orts, and the new construction and roadway improvements are a real boost to this area and should benefi t every city in this part of the county,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.

The BTA is the fi nal function to move to the main corporate campus as part of Bell Helicopter’s consolidation eff orts in the North Texas area. Bell Helicopter began with the global headquarters ground breaking in October 2012 and with this fi nal move, the company has consolidated more than 1.2 million square feet of excess space and are now saving $19 million in annual operating expenses.

“The City of Forth Worth is proud to be home to Bell Helicopter’s global headquarters, and we will be right beside all of you in the months and years ahead,” commented Mayor Price.

The 86,000 square foot facility comes complete with full fl ight simulators, new and updated fl ight technology demonstrators, a dedicated tower and fl ight line, as well as a maintenance hangar and classrooms. The company has trained more than 134,000 customers since 1946 from every market segment in more than 135 countries throughout the world. Bell Helicopter is proud to open the doors of their new training academy and welcome their current and future customers.

“The completion process was smooth and seamless,”

said Sergeant Brian Barrett,

commanding offi cer for the police department’s aviation section. “We are excited to add another twin-engine aircraft with a fully equipped medical and public safety interior to our fl eet.”

The multi-mission aircraft will be utilized for search and rescue, law enforcement, and medevac missions. The interior includes an aluminum medical fl oor with avionics access, oxygen gas system, infrared camera system, Nightsun, and the new Aerocomputers UC6000 digital mapping system.

“Adding this aircraft increases our capability to serve the citizens of Suff olk County,” said Barrett. “We are very happy with the quality of the completion work and look forward to putting it to use.”

The 900 square miles of Suff olk County are located on Long Island. With the addition of the new aircraft, the department’s fl eet consists of two AS350B2s and two H145s, which includes a H145 completed by Metro Aviation in 2007.

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