Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), announced today the company obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA for NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) use on the Pilatus PC-12. This STC is the 14th that ASU has received for fixed-wing aircraft.
“This STC is important because it will allow us to give operators of this highly-versatile aircraft the ability to perform safer nighttime operations with night vision,” said ASU Repair Station Manager Chris Reber. “Because of the PC-12s ability to take off and land in undeveloped runways and fly in terrain that is less developed, adding NVIS capability just adds to the aircraft’s already robust capabilities.”
In addition to the PC-12, ASU holds NVIS STCs for several other fixed-wing aircraft including the AT-402, AT-802A, AT-602, Cessna 208 Caravan, Casa C-212, C-206, DHC-4, DHC-6-300, DHC-7, DHC-8 100/200 Dash-8, Dornier 228-202, G550, and PZL M18A.
ASU works closely with operators to continually get new STCs. Their in-house drafting, PMA (Parts Manufacturer Approval), traveling NVIS installers, and streamline STC approval process minimizes the aircraft downtime to get them back in operation quickly.
The Pilatus PC-12 is a highly versatile fixed-wing aircraft that is used for VIP transport, cargo transport, law enforcement, search and rescue, and emergency medical transportation. The PC-12 does not require long runways, can utilize unpaved runways, has a range of more than 1,800 nautical air miles with an 800-pound payload and four passengers, and can fly at an altitude of up to 30,000 feet. The large cargo door makes it easy to unload and load cargo. There are more than 1,800 PC-12s in use around the world today.
For more information on ASU’s NVIS STCs or to inquire about working with ASU on modifying a Pilatus PC-12, visit www.asu-nvg.com/stc.