27-Apr-2012 Source: ASU
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) have now sold more than 4,500 night vision aviation systems worldwide. This gives ASU more aviation systems sales to civilian operators than any supplier in the world.
â€œI can remember when the thought of night vision systems in the civil market was just a luxurious dream,â€ said ASUâ€™s founder and HAI Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Mike Atwood. â€œOur goal at ASU was to make that dream a reality and make NVGs readily available to operators around the world. The milestone in sales is a major accomplishment for us, but the numerous lives that have been saved from averted crashes, successful EMS, SAR and Law Enforcement missions is unquantifiable. I am glad that ASU had the opportunity to help make a safer environment for pilots all over the world.â€
The first civil operation that ASU sold night vision systems to was North Slope Burough Search and Rescue in Barrow, Alaska in 1996. The 4,500th was for Classic LifeGuard Aero Medical Services.
â€œIn 2004 when we were starting up goggle operations ASU offered a top-notch training program,â€ said Classic LifeGuard Aero Medical Services Director and Pilot Matt Stein. â€œMike Atwood and his staff were both professional and accommodating to all of our needs, whether supplying night vision systems or flight training. ASU was also instrumental in obtaining our companyâ€™s FAA approved NVG training program.â€
Classic operates three bases with Rotor and Fixed wing aircraft. Their bases are located in Page, AZ Vernal, UT and their newest base is in Riverton, WY. It started operations on March 1st.
â€œClassic’s EMS operations are in some of the most remote regions of the country, which means we operate in some of the darkest regions. Classic Lifeguard has flown a variety of EMS and SAR missions from the depths of the Grand Canyon to mountains above 11,000 feet, NVG’s provide Classic flight crews with a margin of safety and the confidence needed to provide our patients the highest quality care and rapid transport to definitive critical care facilities. We continue to utilize ASU because of their consistent customer and product support,â€ said Stein.
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:
â€¢ Night vision goggles and replacement parts
â€¢ Service/inspection for goggles
â€¢ 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
â€¢ Cockpit replacement parts provided by our FAA-approved PMA
â€¢ 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
â€¢ Assistance in establishing Night Vision Programs.
To date, ASU has completed 600 aircraft STC installations in the U.S. and sold over 4500 aviator systems worldwide.