Qualifications & Certifications

As an operator with more than 10,000 cumulative hours of night vision flight hours and a night vision imaging system integrator with more than 40 years of experience, Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) understands the importance of keeping your aircraft mission ready--day or night. ASU is dedicated to safeguarding the people that serve, protect, rescue and defend by integrating our night vision imaging systems products and services.

Certifications: ASU, Inc. holds the following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications/endorsements:

  • FAA Part 135 Air Carrier
  • FAA Part 133 Certificate
  • FAA Part 137 Certificate
  • FAA Part 141 Flight School
  • FAA Part 145 Repair Station - Including Night Vision Goggle Inspection & Certification
  • FAA Approved Part 135, Part 141 and Public Use NVG Training Programs
  • Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA)

Supplemental Type Certificates (STC):  Night Vision Imaging System modifications are required to maximize visual acuity and safety. ASU offers 47 STCs covering over 80 makes and models of aircraft (rotary and fixed wing). ASU is the clear leader in cockpit modifications for night vision goggle flight operations, with the most STCs of FAA-approved cockpit modifications and over 1,200 operational commercial installations. If there is an aircraft modification needed and the specific STC is not on the list, ASU will ensure they get that specific STC.
See the comprehensive list of ASU STCs here.

PMA/ECO: ASU is dedicated to supporting their customers with a streamlined Engineering Change Order (ECO) process and in-house manufacturing of PMA parts to minimize downtime and keep your aircraft mission ready. Our ECO process keeps you in compliance with the FAA or your aviation authority when upgrading or adding new equipment to your modified aircraft.
Go to our ECO page.

Our PMA department provides approved parts shipped directly to you as needed to minimize downtime and keep you’re your NVIS modified aircraft mission ready. Please continue to our PMA page to find a part and for more information.

Installation: ASU assisted in the development of the first unrestricted Part 135 NVG Operation in the US and has over 20 years in aviation maintenance and modification experience. The experienced staff members at ASU have airframe and power plant licensing/certification, as well as inspection authorization, with over 1,200 aircraft modified.

Training: Initial and recurrent NVG pilot and crew training is critical to the success and safety of any NVG flight operations. ASU has trained more than 6,000 pilots and crew. All ASU Night Vision Training flight instructors have extensive civil and military NVG flight experience, a rarity in the training industry. They’ve flown NVGs in nearly every environment on earth, from the arctic to the equator, mountainous to open ocean, desert to jungle, rural farmland to most major U.S. cities (and many international cities), and nearly everything in between. ASU has over 40 years Night Vision Goggles flight experience and all flight instructors are FAA approved with both, CFI & CFII for Rotocraft Helicopter and Fixed-Wing Single and Multi-engine. See more of our training experience and opportunities here.

Training News:

ASU Awarded the FAA training contract three times

Awarded first FAA Fixed Wing NVG training organization

Contracts:  ASU recently entered into a Distributor Agreement with Harris Corporation and L3, making ASU an authorized reseller for both Harris’ and L3 Technical Standard Order (TSO) Night Vision Goggles (NVGs).  ASU customers can now expect quick and streamlined quoting, leading to faster purchasing and delivery. The TSO assures operators that Harris NVG materials and parts meet or exceed FAA design and production standards for flight safety.  See the full article here.

Erik Fox, Vice President and General Manager - Harris Night Vision
“ASU’s reputation of being a key distribution channel for Harris, has a proven history of success. We know that ASU goes beyond selling night vision goggles and assures that customers are properly trained on the use, maintenance, and upkeep. Service after the sale is just as important to us at Harris, and we know ASU takes care of its customers.”