Given recent NTSB recommendations on safety in EMS helicopter night operations, emphasis on training flight crews in the use of night-vision goggles (NVG) has increased. Two companies offering that training who are exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2010 are Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 2101) and Night Flight Concepts (Booth 1024).
Aviation Specialties of Boise, Idaho, celebrated its 15th anniversary Sunday night. Since its founding, the company has trained 1,083 pilots and 2,575 crewmembers while completing 425 supplemental type certificates for NVG-compatible cockpit lighting.
Night Flight Concepts recently announced formation of an affiliate training center network through which the company will offer standardized FAA Part 141 NVG pilot training and maintenance training. Affiliate training centers include Palm Beach Helicopters in the southeast U.S.; Leading Edge Aviation, northwest U.S.; Mauna Loa Helicopters in Hawaii; and Helicopter Institute, central U.S. The Flight Test Centre of Excellence in Ottawa is the Canadian NVG pilot and maintenance training provider.