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“These students are taught safe mountain techniques and procedures focusing on terrain airflow and power management essential for safe flying. HNZ’s recurrent training course for police includes emergencies to touchdown including touchdown autorotations on NVGs.”


ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350


Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) received notice from Transport Canada that they have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) on the Airbus AS350. ASU modified the AS350 for HNZ Topflight. The modification was ASU’s 208th on this airframe globally.


“HNZ Topflight provides advanced helicopter training that


supports their


company operations across Canada as well as military, police, and commercial customers around the world,” said ASU Quality Assurance Manager James Haney. “Working with Transport Canada, we were able to modify the aircraft, obtain the STC and get the aircraft back in operation as soon as possible. Knowing that HNZ Topflight is training some of the world’s elite pilots to save lives around the world and that we helped them to be able to train them for nighttime operations means a lot to all of us at ASU.”


HNZ Topflight’s aircraft that ASU modified for ANVIS is used for police recurrent training programs and military night vision goggles, (NVGs) mountain course training. HNZ Topflight is an advanced helicopter flight training school specializing in mountain flight training, recurrent emergency, initial, and advanced helicopter courses. HNZ Topflight is considered one of the best helicopter mountain flying schools in the world and has been in operation training military,


police, commercial,


and private operators since 1951. HNZ Topflight is endorsed by Airbus Helicopters and Bell Helicopter manufacturers and has 67 years of accident-free mountain flight training. All training is conducted at their facility in Penticton, BC, Canada.


“HNZ Topflight’s student pilots come from around the world,” said HNZ Topflight General Manager Dave Schwartzenberger.


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“ASU is pleased to have been selected by HNZ for the NVIS conversion of their AS350,” added ASU President Jim Winkel. “We congratulate HNZ Topflight for the commitment they have made to provide excellent training for aircrew. ASU remains committed to our customers and partners around the globe, as they safely operate aircraft, during the day and at night, in increasingly austere environments.”


“We are excited about the launch of AERO’s new line of solid-state power units. These units’ extensive aircraft safety features, outstanding efficiency, and heavy-duty construction made them a hit at the NBAA and Inter Airport exhibitions. With multiple orders booked at both events this October, it is clear to us that these units will be a popular and successful offering for AERO Specialties,” said Pete Johnson, director of sales.


DART AW139 Retrofit Emergency Float System Will be Available to the Aftermarket


Aero Specialties Launches New Line of Solid State Power Units


AERO Specialties recently released its newest line of solid-state aircraft rectifiers and frequency converters at the NBAA-BACE and Inter Airport exhibitions. Through a collaboration with Powervamp, AERO is excited to offer the highest quality, best valued frequency converters and rectifiers available on the market. This new line of 28.5V DC and 400Hz AC solid- state ground power units have set a new standard for safety, precision, reliability, and ease of use. The newly launched products include portable, trolley-mounted, and towable options for 28V DC rectifiers as well as 45kVA and 90kVA AC frequency converters.


Recently during Helitech International 2017, DART Aerospace announced that the AW139 Emergency Flotation System with integrated liferaft, designed and developed by DART, will be available as a retrofit for the existing AW139 fleets in service. This system will be the only one on the market available for this aircraft model, specifically with the integrated liferaft technology. It is important to express that all other systems presently on the market either have a cabin raft or a sponson- mounted raft.


Features of the product: • DART’s system is being developed in collaboration with Leonardo and will be on the helicopter’s type certificate


• System is Sea State 6 compliant • The system has two liferaft configurations (10 man-15 overload or 12 man-18 overload)


• Inspection at 24-month intervals


Benefits of the DART AW139 Emergency Float System: • Weight savings of up to 34 Kg / 75 lbs • Drag reduction • Fewer maintenance inspections • Guaranteed TAT


The system is currently available for


factory installation. It will be available shortly as a retrofit kit for aircraft that are already in service.


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