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Usually reserved for animals or superheroes, night vision sure helps when you’ve got to find things in the dark, so understandably the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew is chuffed that their helicopters have been fitted with high-tech Night Vision Goggles (NVGs).
The NVGs, which have cost around $300,000 to install, will be worn by pilots and chief crew members on search and rescue operations and other missions after dark.
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) have received Transport Canada approval for cockpit modifications on the MD900. ASU completed a cockpit modification for Yukon Territory based Horizon Helicopters. The MD900 will be used for Emergency Medical Services and Search and Rescue missions.
"We chose ASU because they came highly recommended from a pilot that knew their work and because of their experience working with Transport Canada requirements," said Operations Manager for Horizon Helicopters Cole Hodinski. "Night vision goggles and equipment are still new in Canada and ASU has completed a number of projects in our country. We wanted to work with someone that already had experience."
ASU announced that they completed a full-service order for the Pasadena Police Department. The Pasadena Police Department purchased four new night vision goggles, modified the interiors of their two Bell OH-58s and received initial training for seven pilots.
"The Pasadena Police Department plays a vital role in the protection of one of Americas most notable cities," said ASU Director of Marketing Hannah Gordon. "It is critical to have the right equipment, modifications and know how to maximize the use of your goggles by understanding them. We are honored to have completed the modifications, training and sales of the new NVGs to Pasadena."
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