For more than a decade, ASU has supported the IAC night vision (NVIS) training program. In February, ASU was awarded a two-year training contract for IAC aircrew night vision equipment training. In October and November, ASU NVG Instructor Pilot K Kirkendall conducted Annual NVG Ratings for examiners, instructors, aircraft commanders, and aircrew. This included ground training and flight training in their Agusta Westland AW139 and Airbus EC135.
“The relationship with ASU since before 2008 is really valued here in the Air Corps and has done much to enhance the safety and effectiveness of our operations,” said Chief of Air Staff and Deputy Commander Air Corps Colonel Dave Corcoran. “It had been the case a few years ago that NVG was seen as the exceptional and unusual thing for our helicopter pilots – nowadays, the crews don’t like to go flying without them!”
Training ASU since 2008
The first training contract was awarded in 2008, and in 2010 ASU completed initial training for 75 pilots and crewmembers and six Night Vision Goggle Flight Instructors. The Irish Air Corps and ASU also completed training pilots and crewmembers in advanced Night Vision Goggle Flight Training, including fast rope, rescue hoist, formation flight, and aerial gunnery.
“The IAC pilots and crewmembers are skilled professionals dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of aviation performance and safety,” said ASU Director of Aviation Services Chris Schoonover. “ASU shares their philosophy 100% and strives to achieve the same high standards. We like to believe the dedicated professionals of the IAC have grown to trust that ASU will never compromise on innovation, excellence, and safety. ASU looks forward to continuing to provide world-class NVG training with the IAC long into the future.”