Life Air Rescue has been operating out of the Willis-Knighton Medical Center since 1983. It was the first air ambulance helicopter put into service by the still fledgling Metro Aviation Inc. Today Metro Aviation is the largest operator of air ambulance helicopters in the United States. ZF has been supporting the company from day one. "We're ready to fly around the clock", says Milton Geltz, Managing Director of Metro Aviation, adding that having aircraft on ground (AOG) is not an option. "That's why it's vital to have reliable partners." In his business it is imperative to have spare parts on the shelf at all times, ready to ship wherever they are needed.
130 Eurocopter EC 135 and EC 145 model helicopters make up the backbone of Metro Aviation's nationwide air ambulance helicopter fleet. Most of them are fitted with a main rotor gearbox as well as an intermediate and tail rotor gearbox made by ZF.