Friday, April 8, 2011
ASU has been awarded the second Night Vision Goggle Training contract issued by the FAA to train Principle Operations Inspectors and Aviation Safety Inspectors. ASU also won the first contract in (2007) and has trained more than 58 FAA inspectors and provided 32 recurrent training courses.
“We are excited about another opportunity to continually emphasize safety and use of Night Vision Goggles in the industry to increase safety,” said ASU founder and CEO Mike Atwood. “A key element in the operational safety chain is the FAA inspector”. “This contract enables us to continue our mission over the last 15 years to maximize the safety of flying at night using night vision goggles. That is why we started our company and that continues to be the driving force behind ASU.”
ASU will be conducting both initial training and recurrent training. The FAA inspectors learn proper NVG handling, when and how to use light in conjunction with NVGs, scanning techniques, and other pertinent skills during the extensive 8 day training. Training occurs both in the classroom and in ASU’s B-206.
“The FAA is committed to NVIS safety and we are honored to be a part of the process. We feel the classroom environment lays the foundation for the proper implementation and use of Night Vision Goggles. The diversity of our local flying area has proven to be a great benefit to U.S. Army National Guard and Air National Guard flight operations and we feel privileged to be authorized the use of their same training areas. This provides the Safety and Operations Inspectors a varied and complex environment to conduct their flight training,” said ASU Chief Pilot Justin Watlington.