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Irish Defense Forces Air Corps Night Vision Capabilities Assists Sick Patients in Extreme Winter Conditions

(Boise, Idaho)  After receiving full authorization on 17 December 2010 from Irish Defense Forces to conduct night operations using Night Vision, Irish Defense Forces Air Corps based at Casement Aerodome, Baldonnel Co. Dublin Ireland recently transported a sick patient at night in poor weather conditions thanks to the Night Vision Goggles and Training conducted by Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU).

The patient was transported from Cork University Hospital to Baldonnel and ultimately to Tallaght Hospital according to Michael Lavery of The Evening Herald in an AW 139.  This was the second mission of this nature in over two weeks of extreme winter conditions. 

The Irish Air Corps chose ASU as their sole source provider for 21 Night Vision Goggles, pilot and crewmember initial and advanced training, goggle lab equipment and maintenance training.  The Air Corps operates four Eurocopter EC-135 P-2, T-2 and six Agusta Westland AW-139 in various Military and Public roles including two EC -135 T-2’s dedicated to the support of An Garda Síochána Air Support Unit (Irish Police Force).

In little more than two years, the Air Corps and ASU have completed initial training for 100 pilots and crewmembers, as well as six Night Vision Goggle Flight Instructors.  Additionally, the Air Corps and ASU completed training for eight pilots and 16 crewmembers in advanced Night Vision Goggle Flight Training including fast rope, rescue hoist, formation flight and aerial gunnery.  To date, the Air Corps has flown approximately 1600 hours of Night Vision Goggle time.

“Ultimately everything we do at ASU is to further safety in aviation,” said ASU Founder and CEO Mike Atwood.  “This is a prime example of how our training and equipment is used to save lives when necessary.  Ideally no one would need to fly in these conditions, but if they do, Night Vision Goggles can improve the ability to complete the mission safely.”

Chief Pilot for ASU, Justin Watlington has been in Ireland for the past two weeks completing another round of training.
“We have been training the pilots on a wide array of situations using their night vision goggles.  Our training is clearly directed toward being prepared and ready to take missions when needed.  We are proud to be a part of the process.  Clearly lives were saved this week because of the pilots’ and crewmembers ability to fly these critical mission using NVG equipment,” said Watlington.

ASU continues to support aviation safety and remain the Global Leader in Night Vision Technology.  For additional information call (208) 426-8117 or email ASU at info@asu-nvg.com
About ASU:
Founded in 1995, ASU’s goal is to implement night vision into the civil aviation market to increase operational safety and improve mission capabilities.  Our focus is to provide a turnkey solution to our customers where with one call they can obtain:
• Night Vision Goggles and replacement parts
• Servicing/inspection for your goggles 
• NVG Cockpit Lighting solutions installed by our FAA Approved 145 Repair Station Technicians, at our facility in Boise, Idaho or at your facility 
• Assistance in cockpit replacement parts provided by our FAA Approved PMA
• Training, both initial and re-current, for your flight crew on the use of night vision in flight via an FAA Approved 141 Training Program and/or 135 Air Operator Certificate
• Assistance in establishing Night Vision Programs.


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