As much as we hate to admit it, helicopters have a shelf life. When the maintenance costs outweigh the aircraft’s value or the aircraft no longer meets your mission requirements, it’s probably time to build an aircraft acquisition plan.

At Metro Aviation, we use the 20 years or the 10,000 hours mark as a good milestone for considering an aircraft replacement. Aging significantly impacts maintenance costs, usually from an increase in unscheduled maintenance events. More maintenance means more out of service time.

Did you know it takes two vintage aircraft to make up for your availability with one newer aircraft? Then there’s the limited availability of parts. For aging aircraft, components may not be readily available, and eventually, all of your missed flights and lost revenue will cost you more than buying a new aircraft.

Nearly 15% of the BK117 variants on FAA.gov are more than twenty years old. So, for many of you, it’s high time.


What is your program’s mission, and where does your current aircraft fall short? Maybe you need more room to carry specialized equipment, an aircraft that performs better at higher altitudes, or a helicopter that can travel farther in less time. Make a wish list of cabin size, payload, range, etc.


Here is where you focus on the details. Performance, Capabilities, Size, Weight Capacity. What can each aircraft do? Compare the potential aircraft against your current fleet and eliminate those that don’t meet your requirements.




What’s your upfront investment, and what will it cost to operate the aircraft? If you’re choosing a newer aircraft with newer technology, account for the revenue that may bring to your program. Will you be able to save time with faster travel? Can you charge more for the use of specialized equipment you can now carry on the aircraft? These factors all play a role in your financial analysis.

Metro Aviation partners with several financial institutions who are eager to discuss finance or leasing options.

Finding a Partner

Metro’s aircraft completions center is a full-service facility capable of a complete range of modification and upgrade packages for new and existing customers. We have extensive experience in completing air medical, law enforcement, offshore, utility, VIP, and corporate aircraft.

Metro’s highly trained and dedicated staff are available during the entire completion process as we build your new aircraft to your precise specifications. Our Aircraft Configuration Coordinator is in constant communication with our customers every step of the way. From the production design review to your on-site tour and paint design, we are a trusted partner to ensure the aircraft is completed to the specifications outlined in the scope of work.

All new modifications suggested by the customer are tested and approved by the FAA.

One-Stop Shop

We do everything under our roof. Because we don’t outsource, we can keep costs low, timelines short, and communication open. You’ll work with our Aircraft Configuration Coordinator throughout the process, ensuring everything you choose, from equipment to modifications, is FAA-approved and designed to exceed expectations.

Click here to learn about our numerous Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) and other completion capabilities. 


Metro is an FAA Certified Airframe Modification, Maintenance, Inspection, and Repair center with over 70,000 square feet of hangar and production space. We are also an FAA Certified Engine Inspection, Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Service Center with over 7,200 square feet of engine and accessory overhaul space. Metro is an FAA Certified Avionics Installation and Repair Station with over 9,500 square feet of avionics workspace. Our facility in Shreveport boasts two climate-controlled paint booths to accommodate our busy paint schedule.




For more information on our completion services, give us a call at 800.467.5529.

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Metro Aviation is constantly growing our capabilities and expanding our reach. Metro holds more than 30 Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) and completes about 35 aircraft each year for U.S. customers and global clients.