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Aviation Specialties Unlimited Signs Distributor Relationship Agreement with L-3 Warrior Systems


Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has announced that it has agreed to an exclusive domestic distribu- tion agreement with L-3 Warrior Systems, with plans to sign an expanded international agreement for aviation night vision systems that will encom- pass both civilian and military applications. In addition, the plans include ASU as the exclu- sive L-3 Warrior Systems dis- tributor for both aviation and ground products in South America, Central America and Mexico. “This agreement expands our ability to offer new and existing customers an extended line of products and emerging tech-


nologies in the field of night vision,” said Mike Atwood, founder and president of ASU. “We will continue to offer advanced night vision flight training, aircraft lighting mod- ifications, system service, repair and training. This new rela- tionship also enables us to offer customers a larger portfolio of night vision products globally. ASU clients demand the best products and services. We believe that L-3 Warrior Systems will offer us the best ability to serve the needs of our clients both now and in the future.” L-3 Warrior Systems is a leading supplier of electro- optical and applied optics tech- nology. Its portfolio of prod- ucts includes the AN/AVS-9


aviation goggles, AN/PVS-18 submersible monocular and other leading night vision prod- ucts. As part of the planned agreement, ASU will offer a broad selection of L-3 Warrior Systems tactical products, including multi-function aim- ing lights, lasers and holograph- ic weapon sights.


“Over the last 15 years, ASU has proven that it is a global leader in night vision, and its reputation in the aviation industry speaks for itself,” said James Winkel, director of inter- national business development for L-3 Warrior Systems. “ASU’s excellence in cockpit modifications, pilot training and customer service comple- ments L-3 Warrior Systems’ technological distinction in night vision flight systems. We are very excited about this new relationship, which will benefit both of our companies and the industry on a global scale.” ◆


Jerry Trimble Hosts 1st Annual Touchdown Autorotation Competition


Jerry Trimble Helicopters


recently announced the First Annual Touchdown


Autorotation Competition to be held at the McMinnville, Oregon Airport on Sunday, June 26. The event corre-


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sponds to the Lions Club Fly- in/Drive-in pancake breakfast. The competition will be clas- sified into 2 categories: straight-in autos and 180° autos. Pilots will have the choice to enter either category. Scoring will be based on dis- tance from the pre-established “spot” and the slide distance, if any. All flights will be flown with Jerry Trimble unless the pilot supplies their own heli- copter. The cost to enter is $5, which will be donated to a local charity of the pilot’s choice. Jerry Trimble Helicopters will rent the R-22 at the dual rate of $234/hour. The judges sched- uled for the event are Jim Griffin, training captain of Erickson Air Crane, Mike Moffett, Life Flight pilot for Air Methods and Michael Wilson, Vice-President of Operations at Evergreen Helicopters. The pancake breakfast will be served 7AM – 12PM and all proceeds go to the McMinnville Lions Charity Programs. The public is invited to bring their antique, hot rod, street machine, muscle car or other interesting car or airplane and participate in the show. The Coast Guard is scheduled to give a hoist demonstration; an EMS helicopter will be on dis- play along with many other stat- ic displays. Jerry Trimble Helicopters will be offering $10 helicopter rides all day. Shuttles are available to the Evergreen Aviation Museum directly across the street from the McMinnville Airport. Call or e-mail with questions


or to register for the event. Visit our website for more details. ◆


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