April 22, 2013 – Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced they have completed their 100th Night Vision cockpit modification on BK117 aircraft. This most recent lighting installation was completed at Helicopter Specialties in Janesville, Wisconsin. Helicopter Specialties is a helicopter completion center and performs maintenance, repair and overhauls.
“Completing 100 NVIS lighting modifications for the BK117 is a great mark of achievement,” said ASU Repair Station Manager, Shawn Woodworth. “We have now completed nearly 700 modifications on all types of aircraft. Our customers continually reach out to us because of our commitment to quality and service. We want to thank every customer that helped us reach this milestone.”
The BK117 was completed for Flight for Life Transport System, which is operated by Air Methods. ASU has also worked on other types for Helicopter Specialties and has completed more than 12 aircraft for them with the first modification on a BK117-C2 (EC145). Helicopter SPecialties has been given the FAA Diamond and Gold awards for excellence in maintenance training, has more than 200 years of combined experience and is known for their custom completions.
Jason Shrier is the Director of Maintenance for Helicopter Specialties. “ASU is second to none and is our first choice because of their experience, quality and service,” said Shrier. “They are well known in the industry and we have grown accustomed to their professionalism. That is why we have continually selected them for our projects for more than six years.
Since 1995, ASU’s goal has been to implement night vision in the civilian aviation market to increase operational safety and improve mission capabilities. Our focus is on providing a turnkey solution to our customers so that with one call they can obtain:
- Night vision goggles and replacement parts.
- Service/inspection for goggles.
- NVG cockpit lighting solutions, installed by our FAA-approved 145 repair station technicians at our facility in Boise, Idaho or at the customer’s facility.
- Cockpit replacement parts provided by our FAA-approved PMA.
- Initial and recurrent training for flight crews on the use of night vision via an FAA-approved 141 training program and/or 135 Air Operators Certificate,
- Assistance in establishing night vision programs.
To date, ASU is quickly closing in on 700 aircraft STC installations and has sold over 2,500 aviator systems in the U.S.