Aviation Specialties Unlimited announced that it completed a supplemental type certificate (STC) on a B214ST for Evergreen Helicopters. The STC was the first of its kind in the industry for the B214ST.
â€œThis modification was a high-level NVG conversion and modernization,â€ said Bruce Currier, vice president of avionics for Evergreen Helicopters. â€œASU is a flexible and efficient outfit, and we are extremely satisfied with the work it performed. It was very well executed. We had an aggressive timeline, and the company was able to meet it. ASU has become more sophisticated, and operators will be pleased with the work that ASU performs.â€
With the completion, ASU now has STCs on 38 make and model configurations and has performed more than 400 commercial installations.
â€œAs night vision goggle operations expand, goggle use will not be limited to EMS and law enforcement operations,â€ said ASU founder and president Mike Atwood. â€œThere are many unique aircraft that are now being given second lives flying missions against terrorist and counternarcotics operations. We want to ensure that the aircrews flying these aircraft have the â€œsafety benefitâ€ that night vision goggles provide for night operations.â€
Many aircraft are being modernized to meet the increasing demands of todayâ€™s operators, according to Atwood and Currier.
â€œWe have noticed that many of our customers have elected to refurbish their older aircraft rather than purchase new aircraft. We want to give our customers the option of having an approved STC that supports their operations regardless of make, model or age of their existing inventory. With the range and flexibility of STCs that we have available, we can continue to offer night vision modifications to our customers at realistic and affordable prices regardless of operator size or number of aircraft,â€ said Atwood.
Since 1995, ASUâ€™s goal has been to implement night vision in the civil aviation market to increase operational safety and improve mission capabilities. Our focus is on providing a turnkey solution to our customers so that with one call they can obtain:
- Night vision goggles and replacement parts
- Service/inspection for goggles
- NVG cockpit lighting solutions, installed by our FAA-approved 145 repair station technicians at our facility in Boise, Idaho, or at the customerâ€™s facility
- Cockpit replacement parts provided by our FAA-approved PMA
- Initial and recurrent training for flight crews on the use of night vision via an FAA-approved 141 Training Program and/or 135 Air Operator Certificate
- Assistance in establishing Night Vision Programs.
To date, ASU has sold more than 1,200 aviator systems within the U.S. ASU is ITT Night Visionâ€™s exclusive authorized service and& warranty center, and our technicians have been factory trained/certified.
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