Contract Flight Operations

Company Background

As a background on our company, ASU is an Idaho corporation formed in 1995. ASU quickly became recognized as a leader in employing night vision in non-military operations across the United States, which includes law enforcement aviation operations for both rotor wing and fixed wing aircraft.

In addition, ASU provides various services that include specialized airborne law enforcement solutions for government entities. ASU has proven experience in providing professional turn-key airborne operations employing specially equipped helicopters and experienced pilots necessary to successfully respond to a variety of missions. ASU's helicopters can rapidly survey large areas for lost individuals or fleeing suspects. Services available include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Law Enforcement — ASU has demonstrated experience in participating in missions to pursue suspects, perform surveillance and photographic missions, counter drug operations, aerial command and control for critical incident management, special operations missions, emergency response missions, show of presence in known drug and gang areas, river and lake patrol, dam and water supply patrols, night time lighting of accident scenes and traffic control.
  2. Airborne Surveillance and Security Operations — ASU has operated an airborne surveillance contract in the country of Colombia, South America. Throughout the 4 year duration of our contract our Cessna C337 aircraft provided surveillance and security for the petroleum pipeline that is vital to the economy of Colombia.

ASU requests the opportunity to show you just how effective a turn-key airborne law enforcement or surveillance operation can be for you and your agency/company.

Air Carrier Services


We have a staff of highly skilled pilots who are experts in dealing with mountainous terrain and difficult weather conditions. Our aviation expertise makes us the most complete resource in the Northwest for:

  • Television news-gathering
  • Traffic reporting flights
  • Scenic tours
  • Executive transport
  • External Load Assistance
  • Environmental Response
  • Power & Pipeline Survey
  • Airborne Law Enforcement
  • Search & Rescue
  • Forest Management
  • Fire Fighting Services
  • Fish & Wildlife Surveys
  • Film & Video Production
  • Aerial Photography
  • Advanced Pilot Training

We are conveniently located at the Boise Airport. Helicopter services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call ahead for weather conditions the day of the flight.


Bell JetRanger 206 BIII – The Bell JetRanger is the smallest of the Bell fleet and the most popular light turbine helicopter in history. Designed for single pilot operation, the cabin will accommodate four passengers, three in the rear cabin and one next to the pilot. The two rear doors are equipped with wedge windows allowing for more 'elbow room' for the three passengers in the rear seat. Each seat is also outfitted with intercom and headsets.

Additional Equipment – Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) has a Bambi water bucket and backup remote hooks and long-lines.

Night Vision Goggles

ASU's expertise combined with state-of-the-art Night Vision Systems enable you to "Own the Night." Contact us for more information on NVG missions.


ASU staff has over 50 years of cumulative aviation experience and has accumulated well over 35,000 hours of flight time. Our pilots have thousands of accident free flight hours worldwide doing whatever the job demands


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