Night vision goggle (NVG) technology provider Rebtech, of Bedford Texas, announced the initial night-vision compatible conversion of an AS350B3 owned and operated by rotor training provider HeliStream. Rebtech (Booth No. N4724) provided both the supplemental type certified equipment and integration support for the conversion. Rebtech also modified the aircraft’s external lighting. The NVG-compatible lighting inside and outside the helicopter will allow HeliStream to provide specialized NVG training for both initial pilot transition and recurrent training.
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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).
Eurocopter announced recently that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the EC 145 for civil night-vision goggle (NVG) operations, and in doing so, according to Eurocopter, making it the first OEM to offer commercial helicopter NVG capabilities from the factory. Various retrofits have been available to operators for a number of years.
American Eurocopter’s training center at Grand Prairie, Texas, has won FAA Part 141 approval to offer training on night vision goggles (NVGs). The package provides initial and recurrent training, including lessons in unusual attitude recovery and how to deal with spatial disorientation, during both NVG and night urban flying.