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Helicopter Night Vision Compatible Cockpits

Helicopter Night Vision Compatible Cockpits

For helicopter special missions such as aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, police surveillance and emergency response, the helicopter operators are often required to operate in inclement weather and at night over difficult terrain. The use of night vision goggles during such missions will significantly enhance flight safety and mission effectiveness.

Due to the nature of night vision goggles, the aircraft cockpit and cabin lighting needs to be modified to be compatible with the operation of night vision goggles. The modification involve not only the installation of compatible lighting and filters, but more importantly, an aircraft assessment to determine the compatibility of the lighting changes. This is a complex assessment that involves both ground and flight assessments to ensure that the lighting modifications are suitable and do not cause other physiological hazards.

GVH Aerospace was presented with the challenge of modifying and approving the helicopter night vision compatible cockpit lighting of the client’s BK117 helicopter used for aeromedical role. The client’s missions include emergency medical response, flying in rural Australia on a 24/7 basis and NVG operations are critical to the client’s ability to safely carry out its mission at night. GVH Aerospace performed the ground and flight test assessment and approved the deviations from the original STC installation, and the aircraft has been in service since 2007 saving lives.

GVH Aerospace has a long history of providing NVG lighting modification approvals in Australia on many different helicopter platforms including the following helicopters and aircraft:

  • AgustaWestland AW109
  • AgustaWestland AW139
  • Airbus Helicopters EC130
  • Airbus Helicopters EC135
  • Airbus Helicopters EC145/BK117
  • Airbus Helicopters AS350
  • Airbus Helicopters AS355
  • Airbus Helicopters AS365
  • Bell 206
  • Bell 412
  • Dornier 328


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Cher-Min Teo

Chief of Strategy & Marketing

Cher Min has a long history of delivering aviation programmes....

Cher Min has a long history of delivering aviation programmes. Cher Min is responsible for developing GVH’s business in the Asian market beyond Southeast Asia, having first being part of the team that established GVH’s design centre in Singapore. His background includes airworthiness certification, engineering and project management, business development and program delivery.

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Brett Worsley

Operations Director - Australia Pacific

Brett leads the GVH Aerospace Australia Pacific team...

Brett Worsley leads our GVH Aerospace Australia Pacific team and has a long history in delivering aviation programmes. As the Operations Director for Australia Pacific he is responsible for implementing the global business strategy and ensuring the delivery of safe and effective design solutions to clients within this region. Brett’s background includes airworthiness certification, engineering & project management, and major program delivery.

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