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HANGAR TALK


Aviation Specialties Unlimited Instructs Future Pilots on NVIS at Silverhawk Aviation Academy


Aviation Specialties Unlimited


(ASU) instructors spent time at Silverhawk Aviation Academy in Caldwell, Idaho teaching future pilots about the use of night vision


dents will help them chose which aviation career path they want to pursue. No matter what field they enter as a new pilot, NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) use is becoming more prevalent and it is essential that students learn this aspect of flight,” Harris added.


Silverhawk Aviation Academy


is owned and operated by Catherine Weber. The academy is a Federal Aviation Administration 141 flight school. “NVIS are being more widely


used than ever before,” said Weber. “ASU currently provides the highest quality of NVIS train- ing available, having trained


ably the most singularly signifi- cant piece of safety equipment for helicopter night operations, ever. There is no question that many lives have been saved and many accidents averted due to the proper training and use of NVIS. ASU has been the leader in bringing this technology to the civilian helicopter market,” Weber commented. ◆


Summit Aviation Held Grand Opening for New Hangar and Paint Facility


Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, held a ribbon cutting ceremony and luncheon recently in celebration of its new 78,000 square-foot expansion. Speakers for the event includ-


RLC Receives 2010 California Offshore Safety Excellence Award


"RLC (Rotorcraft Leasing


Company), the largest privately- held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico, recently announced that RLC’s Santa Maria California Base Operations has received PXP’s California Offshore Safety Excellence Award for 2010. This award, which was announced at the 6th Annual PXP Vendor and Contractor Safety Conference, rec- ognizes vendors and contractors who have met the highest levels of safety in their respective divisions. RLC’s Santa Maria base


goggles. Students participated in initial ground school training and were given an orientation on night vision systems. “We wanted to take time to give


back not only to our community, but also our industry by providing some very basic NVG academic training to the future pilots study- ing at Silverhawk Aviation Academy,” said ASU Instructor and pilot Kim Harris. “The training and information we provided these stu-


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numerous military, government, foreign and domestic operators. Looking at the history of ASU and their dedication to providing the best NVIS training possible, it is clear that their bottom line is about more than selling goggles or modifying cockpits. From the president and CEO to the individ- ual instructor and employee, this company is dedicated to the con- cept of equipping and training the helicopter industry with prob-


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received the PXP Safety Excellence award based on its outstanding performance during day-to-day operations resulting in no lost-time accidents or incidents in 2010. “We are honored to be recog-


nized by a respected national oil and gas leader like PXP for our deep dedication to safety and to providing superior performance every day,” said Larry Adams, Chief Operating Officer of RLC. ◆


ed: Summit Aviation President Robert Fitzpatrick, Summit Aviation Vice President Ed Scully, Delaware Economic Development Office Director Alan Levin and Delaware State Representative Melanie George. Summit Aviation broke ground


for the new development on June 9, 2010. The 78,000 square-foot expansion includes a 37,400 square-foot hangar, 9,200 square- foot paint facility, two cold storage units and an additional 11,400 square-feet of support and office space.


Summit’s parent company, Greenwich AeroGroup, has invest- ed $12 million in capital since acquiring the facility in 2008. This growth will increase Summit’s service and maintenance capacity and support for government and military aviation, general aviation and corporate segments. Media visuals for the day


included the ribbon cutting, the new hangar which will house for the day the following aircraft: King Air, Kodiak, Bell 412, CH-47 and Blackhawk, the paint facility, office space and other areas as arranged. ◆


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