6-Jun-2012 Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) have received Transport Canada approval for cockpit modifications on the MD900. ASU completed a cockpit modification for Yukon Territory based Horizon Helicopters. The MD900 will be used for Emergency Medical Services and Search and Rescue missions.
“We chose ASU because they came highly recommended from a pilot that knew their work and because of their experience working with Transport Canada requirements,” said Operations Manager for Horizon Helicopters Cole Hodinski. “Night vision goggles and equipment are still new in Canada and ASU has completed a number of projects in our country. We wanted to work with someone that already had experience.”
“Horizon Helicopters operate in remote regions that are mountainous and heavily wooded,” ASU’s Quality Assurance Manager Kip McDermott. “There are very few lights for reference and to illuminate the terrain. The modifications we made to the MD 900 will allow Horizon Helicopters to use their aircraft at night with the aid of night vision goggles. NV Technology continues to grow in Canada and we strive to work closely with Transport Canada to provide operators additional support with tailored training programs, aircraft modifications and providing the most technologically advanced NVG equipment available.”
Since 1995, ASU’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 customer’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 conducted training for over 1,400 pilots, 2,900 crewmembers and sold over 4500 aviator systems worldwide.