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Aviation Specialties Unlimited Surpasses 100 EC135 Modifications


Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) recently announced they have surpassed their 100th EC135 cockpit mod- ification. The 100th modifica- tion was completed for Metro Aviation. “We performed our first modification on the EC 135 in 2003,” said Mike Atwood founder and CEO of ASU. “It's remarkable that in such a short time we have equipped over 100 EC135 aircraft with NVG's that are servicing the medical and law enforcement industry"” The EC 135 first made its U.S. debut at Heli Expo in


1995. Since 1995, the EC 135 has been a leading aircraft cho- sen by EMS operators. Metro Aviation operates 72 total air- craft and 22 of them are EC135s. ASU worked on equipping not only the EC 135 but also the entire fleet for Metro Aviation. “We began working with ASU five years ago,” said Managing Director of Metro Aviation Milton Getz. “We have a great working relation- ship. They were very responsive to what we wanted. With all our various models of aircraft, it was quite a challenge to get everything in place. We have aircraft that are a year old and some that are 25 years old. Once we decided to go NVG, we were able to go through it all in about two and a half years. ASU was very resourceful in meeting all of our needs. Our entire fleet is now 100% NVG compliant and equipped by ASU. ◆


Aviation Specialties Unlimited Awarded Second FAA Contract


Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) has been awarded it’s second Night Vision Goggle Training contract issued by the FAA to train Principle Operations Inspectors and Aviation Safety Inspectors. ASU also won the first contract in (2007) and has trained more than 58 FAA inspectors and provided 32 recurrent training courses. “We continually emphasize safety and use of Night Vision Goggles in the industry to


increase safety,” said ASU founder and CEO Mike Atwood. “A key element in the operational safety chain is the FAA inspector. This contract enables us to continue, what has been our mission over the last 15 years, to maximize the safety of flying at night using night vision goggles. That is why we started our company and that continues to be the driving force behind ASU.”


ASU will be conducting both initial training and recurrent training. The FAA inspectors learn proper NVG handling, when and how to use light in conjunction with NVGs, scan- ning techniques, and other per- tinent skills during the extensive 8-day training. Training occurs both in the classroom and in ASU’s B-206. “The FAA is committed to NVIS safety and we are honored to be a part of the process. We feel the classroom environment lays the foundation for the proper implementation and use of Night Vision Goggles. The diversity of our local flying area has proven to be a great benefit to U.S. Army National Guard and Air National Guard flight operations and we feel privileged to be authorized the use of their same training areas. This pro- vides the Safety and Operations Inspectors a varied and complex environment to conduct their flight training,” said ASU Chief Pilot Justin Watlington. ASU continues to support aviation safety and remains a leader in Night Vision Technology. For further information call (208) 426- 8117 or email ASU at info@asu-nvg.com


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