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do, Night Vision Goggles can improve the ability to complete the mission safely.” Chief Pilot for ASU, Justin


Watlington has been in Ireland for the past two weeks complet- ing another round of training. “We have been training the pilots on a wide array of situa- tions using their night vision goggles. Our training is clearly directed toward being prepared and ready to take missions when needed. We are proud to be a part of the process. Clearly lives were saved this week because of the pilots’ and crewmembers ability to fly these critical mis- sion using NVG equipment,” said Watlington. ◆


Irish Defense Forces Air Corps Night Vision Capabilities Assists Sick Patients in Extreme Winter Conditions


After receiving full authoriza- tion on 17 December 2010 from Irish Defense Forces to conduct night operations using Night Vision, Irish Defense Forces Air Corps based at Casement Aerodome, Baldonnel Co. Dublin Ireland recently trans- ported a sick patient at night in poor weather conditions thanks to the Night Vision Goggles and Training conducted by Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU). The patient was transported from Cork University Hospital


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to Baldonnel and ultimately to Tallaght Hospital according to Michael Lavery of The Evening Herald in an AW 139. This was the second mission of this nature in over two weeks of extreme winter conditions. The Irish Air Corps chose ASU as their sole source provider for 21 Night Vision Goggles, pilot and crewmember initial and advanced training, goggle lab equipment and maintenance training. The Air Corps operates four


Eurocopter EC-135 P-2, T-2 and six Agusta Westland AW- 139 in various Military and Public roles including two EC - 135 T-2’s dedicated to the sup- port of An Garda Síochána Air Support Unit (Irish Police Force).


In little more than two years, the Air Corps and ASU have completed initial training for 100 pilots and crewmembers, as well as six Night Vision Goggle


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Additionally, the Air Corps and ASU completed training for eight pilots and 16 crewmem- bers in advanced Night Vision Goggle Flight Training includ- ing fast rope, rescue hoist, for- mation flight and aerial gun- nery. To date, the Air Corps has flown approximately 1600 hours of Night Vision Goggle time.


“Ultimately everything we do at ASU is to further safety in aviation,” said ASU Founder and CEO Mike Atwood. “This is a prime example of how our training and equipment is used to save lives when necessary. Ideally no one would need to fly in these conditions, but if they


Mercy Medical Center and Med-Trans Bring Enhanced Air Ambulance Services to Siouxland


Sioux City has finalized an


agreement with Med-Trans Corp. for them to become their new aviation partner for their regional helicopter ambulance service located in Sioux City, Iowa. Terms were reached after nearly a 12-month selection process, looking at significant factors such as customization of the program as well as excellent customer service and aviation safety.


Critically ill and injured patients who need acute care


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