MAMA, based in North Carolina (NC) in the US, operates 24 hours per day, providing air medical services to western NC, eastern Tennessee, northeast Georgia, and northern South Carolina. MAMA’s new aircraft replaces an aging EC135 and is the first EC145 variant in its fleet. With this new purchase, the program gains a dedicated, branded backup aircraft and a 32-per-cent increase in cabin space.
“We’re really excited about our new EC145e that Metro Aviation completed for us,” said John Grindstaff, MAMA Supervisor. “It’s going to enhance our capabilities, increase capacity for specialty teams, and increase our safety margins.”
Including Metro Aviation’s medical interior
The EC145e is IFR-equipped and includes Metro Aviation’s medical interior with integrated medical floor, 10-liter liquid oxygen system, and custom medical walls for mounting equipment.
“It is exciting to see the confidence that leading air medical providers are placing in the EC145e,” said Todd Stanberry, Metro Aviation Part-Owner and Director of Business Integration. “MAMA is a pioneer in the industry, and we are looking forward to adding this aircraft to the Metro fleet and watching MAMA leverage its capabilities.”
MAMA performs nearly 90 flights per month, covering 10,000 square miles in two to three flights per day. It has been part of the Metro family since 2017.
Recently, Metro Aviation delivered the first of two EC145e aircraft to HealthNet, a hospital-based program headquartered in the US.