Metro Aviation has developed a cabin concept design for the Airbus H160 helicopter to meet the needs of North American air medical operations, and placed a mock-up on display at the Heli-Expo show.
“At Metro Aviation, we spend a large amount of time pouring over designs to ensure any configuration that leaves our facility is one that exceeds expectations and eases the burden of air medical professionals who are already faced with a stressful job,” says Metro Aviation managing director Milton Geltz. “This EMS cabin concept designed for the H160 was laid out to ensure medical crews have the room and flexibility they need to work efficiently with the right equipment at their fingertips. We are excited about the possibility of completing this aircraft in the future."
Some key features of the Metro concept interior include machined aluminum cabin floor allowing multiple configuration, four track and swivel medical attendant seats, a modular medical rack (MMR), and an overhead communication panel with radio, audio and touch screen controls.
With the largest cabin in its class, wide opening sliding door and positionable stretcher capacity, Airbus says the H160 is the next generation high intensive care helicopter ideal for long distances critical patient or isolette transport.
“We are excited to see the wide range of H160 configurations begin to take form, as we gear up for the much anticipated entry into service of this next-generation aircraft,” says Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and head of the North America region. “Metro Aviation is a trusted partner and performs completions on the entire range of Airbus products. We are impressed with their initial concept and look forward to expanding on its development.”