Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited has installed night-vision goggles in Reach Air Medical Services’ Agusta A109, Bell 407 and BO 105 fleet. Chief pilot Vicky Spediacci said that Reach, based at Santa Rosa, Calif., put its crews through an FAA-approved structured and specific training program provided by the equipment supplier. Before being allowed to conduct operational flights under NVG, they will require final approval from the FAA.
Reach said it was one of the first air-transport programs to be fully CAMTS-accredited. It also claims to be the first air-ambulance company to receive FAA approval to use GPS routing procedures in conditions of low visibility.