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Metro Flight Training Center Expands to New Zealand

Metro Aviation Level D H145

Continuing to expand their global footprint, Metro Aviation partners with New Zealand HeliOtago, commencing H145 training course.

In a press release issued June 6th, 2017, the Helicopter Flight Training Center, a company under the Metro Aviation banner, announced another expansion of the company’s international reach to with an announced expansion into New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recently approved the company’s new EC145 Level D simulator and training  that will be provided at HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago on New Zealands South Island.  The Flight Training Center has also received certifications for the H145 Level D simulator from regional aviation safety bodies that in the United States, Argentina, and Canada.

Representatives from HeliOtago recently spent time at the company’s training center in Shreveport to acquaint themselves with the simulator in an effort to secure approval for an EC145 training course that would be hosted by HeliOtago.  “To say we got a lot out of the training is a huge understatement,” said Chief Pilot Grant Withers.

“We are pleased to provide the training resources to our colleagues in New Zealand,” said Training Center Director Terry Palmer.  “Safety plays an important part in New Zealand’s training culture and we are happy to assist them.”  The Helicopter Flight Training Center also provides training resources to operators in Brazil, Columbia, Peru and India, as well as several domestic organizations in the United States. The FlightSafety International simulator, developed with the assistance of Metro Aviation, is first Level D full motion simulator for the EC145 in North America.

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Ryan Mason, Publisher & Editor in Chief

Ryan Mason is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Heliweb Magazine. Ryan has worked in aviation media for the last nine years as a photographer and journalist, providing written and photographic content for multiple international aviation publications covering both fixed wing and helicopters. Ryan has also written for law enforcement publications on tactics, equipment and airborne law enforcement, drawing on his years of experience as a police officer in the Midwest United States. You can reach Ryan at

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