Free Instruction To Be Offered At Medical Transport
In an effort to assist and educate operators about changes in
inspections, installations, aircraft conformity, and requirements
with modifications, Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) continues
to offer NVIS Aircraft Conformity Courses at no cost. The next
course is scheduled for the Air Medical Transport Conference. ASU
Quality Assurance Manager and Chief Inspector Kip McDermott teaches
the 3-hour course. This course was previously held in Orlando at
"I attended ASU's cockpit conformity course because I had heard
the FAA is re-evaluating NVG installations and maintenance,”
said Med-Trans Corp. Manager of Quality Assurance Leslie Lougheed.
“The course helped me tremendously by providing an overview
of all current approved NVG installations, not just ASUs. The
course also covered current regulations, inspection requirements
and how to keep an aircraft in conformity. This course provided
training necessary to properly inspect and maintain NVG systems.
Most mechanics have little or no training on NVG and the ICA's are
a little open to interpretation. It is fantastic that ASU is
offering the course for free. I recommend it highly.”
Included in the course is:
- Aircraft Modification Types/Methodology:
- Common types of modification.
- FAA procedures and specification of NVG cockpit
- STC test/verification/validation procedures: FARs and
- Scope of involvement of DAR and DER for NVG STCs.
- Conformity Inspections –specific requirements for NVG
compatible cockpit Supplemental Type Certificates.
- Owner Operator requirements and continued Airworthiness
- Class A, B and C night vision goggles: Explanation of
classifications and their effect on cockpit modifications.
- Maintenance procedures and practices for NVGs.
“There are numerous things that we cover during this
course that aid operations in assuring that their aircraft are NVIS
conformed,” added McDermott.“This comprehensive course
is designed to aid operations no matter what classification of
goggles they use, what type of aircraft they fly or where they
ASU plans to add this course to the company’s training
curriculum to meet the growing demands of operators and government
organizations. Operators that are considering going NVG will
benefit from the course and gain advanced knowledge of how to
properly maintain their aircraft conformity. Interested operators
can register in advance of AMTC online.
Over the last 15 years, ASU has modified more than 500 aircraft.
McDermott has been a FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant
technician for over 13 years including 3 years of military aviation
operational experience. He has conducted aviation maintenance
operations in Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Northern
Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Colombia, and the entire United States.
McDermott’s extensive background includes being a Turbine
Engine Repairman, U.S. Department of Defense, Flight Test Crew
Chief for Dyncorp Aerospace (European Theater) on UH-1, UH-60 and
CH-47D; Certified Turbine Engine Test Cell Operator; Managing
Supervisor on 2 Turbine Engine Test Cells for the Department of
Defense and Dyncorp Aerospace; Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for
life Flight; OAS carded Rotorcraft and Fixed Wing Aircraft for
Helicopter Maintenance Corp.; Director of Maintenance for Executive
Maintenance Corp.; Director of Maintenance for Access Air, a FAR
Part 135 and EMS operator managing 18 fixed and rotor wing
For ASU McDermott conducts FAA part 135 and 141 flight
operations and FAR part 145 repair station activities to include
engineering, installation and certification on numerous
Supplemental Type Certificate projects (STC) with 18 STC’s
completed for the installation of Night Vision Compatible Cockpit