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North Slope Borough, AK (January 10, 2011) –  North Slope Borough’s Search and Rescue Aviation Unit has selected NVIO Systems Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Computer-Based Training (CBT) to kick-start the rollout of a comprehensive night vision program that will provide strategic capabilities to enhance performance during night operation and realize organizational goals . The mission of NSB’s Search and Rescue Department is to increase the safety of all of its residents by providing safe, rapid and reliable airborne response which includes aero medical evacuation, search and rescue, and other emergencies.

The harsh environment that NSB works in makes NVGs a natural to mitigate risk. However, to effectively and efficiently utilize NVGs to their full potential requires an advanced understanding of night vision equipment, maintenance processes, and operator handling procedures to enhance safety and operational capabilities of an organization. NSB has engaged Night Flight Concepts, a leading provider of comprehensive night vision solutions, to support the end-to-end NVG program.  Night Flight Concepts will work with NSB to plan, equip, train and support their NVIS program, using the unique and flexible NVIO NVG CBT to support initial and recurrent training needs.

The NVIO NVG CBT is an internet-based FAA approved blended training system featuring instruction on NVG system capabilities and limitations, operational concepts and requirements, equipment parts familiarization, and NVG operations and maintenance procedures. Collaboration between Night Flight Concepts and Gladstone Aerospace Corporation, the NVIO™ CBT   was designed to help optimize NVG training support programs for operators and maintainers helping to train individuals to standard and maintain competency faster and easier than using traditional methods

“Reliable, quick and efficient training for our pilots and crewmembers is one of the backbones of our training philosophy,” stated NSB’s Chief Pilot Pat Patterson. “Using the NVIO NVG CBT not only provides initial and recurrent training, it also allows for automatic standardization of the training and 24/7 access because of its delivery system, which is a plus for a SAR flight organization - particularly in our remote location.”

About NVIO Systems
NVIO systems is a joint initiative of Night Flight Concepts and Gladstone Aerospace Corporation developed with a vision of providing emergency medical, defense, aerospace and security sectors with a premier line of night vision training and performance support systems. NVIO Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Computer-Based Training (CBT) is a blended training system that integrates self-paced courseware and practice in advanced synthetic environments. (www.nviosystems.com)

About Night Flight Concepts
Night Flight Concepts (NFC) is a comprehensive night vision technology (NVT) provider specializing in night vision goggle (NVG) pilot and crewmember flight training, NVG service & maintenance repair, NVG maintenance technician training, and night vision program support for law enforcement agencies, air medical/rescue services, military organizations, and government task force agencies worldwide. (www.nightflightconcepts.com)

About Gladstone Aerospace Corporation
Gladstone Aerospace Corporation (GAC) assists civil and military clients worldwide with business strategy, aerospace program planning, systems development and delivery. Working with affiliate, Gladstone Systems Solutions (GSS), a systems engineering, training solutions and software applications company, GAC specializes in enhanced vision solutions development for the oil and gas, aerospace, defense and security sectors. (www.gladstoneac.com)

About North Slope Borough Search and Rescue
North Slope Borough is one of the northernmost regions of Alaska, USA facing some of the most extreme, challenges weather conditions in the world. The NSB Search and Rescue Department provides Critical Care Air Ambulance Service performing medevac, search & rescue, and emergency missions throughout the North Slope region.
(www.co.north-slope.ak.us/departments/sar/flight.php )

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