The Ministry of Security of the Province of Buenos Aires has taken delivery of two refurbished AS350B3 helicopters courtesy of Metro Aviation. The refurbishments included mandated 12-year inspections of the aircraft.
“This 12-year inspection involved a lot of moving parts and attention to detail, so we're excited to put this helicopter back into service for the Province of Buenos Aires,” says Amy McMullen, Metro's customer configuration coordinator. “Expanding our partnership within Argentina has proven to cement our relationship with the country.”
The overhauls involved many comprehensive repairs. Upon the aircraft's arrival, the Metro team identified several areas of need involving lower blade corrosion, interior upholstery damage and windshield impairment to name a few. In addition to repairs, the Shreveport, Louisiana-based completion centre outfitted the helicopters with a fast rope system for air-to-ground police transport, an upgraded avionics system and a premium paint service.
These completions mark the third aircraft Metro has delivered to this South American customer.