Airlift’s EASA Part-21 Design Organisation (DOA) has been awarded with Supplemental Type Certificate (EASA STC number 10049153) for the installation and certification of Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) lighting for Airbus Helicopters AS332 L/L1 Super Pumas with the certification of the first helicopter, an AS332 L1 operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard, ordered by MRO specialist Heli-One, Norway (CHC Group).
The modification comprises of the installation of NVG compatible cockpit, cabin and external lighting as well as filtering of different existing light sources. The modification has been extensively tested on the ground and in flight according to latest EASA/FAA NVIS standards by the Airlift DOA’s flight test crew and later validated by EASA’s flight test crew. NVG compatible LED lighting, filters as well as the Cockpit NVG Lights command box has been supplied by Airlift’s partner NSE Industries (formerly ECT industries).
NVIS specialist Airlift already holds several NVIS STCs for Airbus Helicopters AS365 N2/N3, BK117/EC145 as well as for AgustaWestland AW139, and has completed different installations and certification of EMS/SAR helicopters in Scandinavia such as for Lufttransport, Norwegian Air Ambulance and Scandinavian Medicopter.
Airlift, as an operator itself, has 15 years NVG operations experience with SAR helicopters such as AS332 and AS365.
Airlift AS, based at Forde Airport in Bygstad, Norway, is the largest North European onshore helicopter company. The company is part of the Blueway Group and operates 16 of the group’s helicopters. Airlift AS is holder of an EASA Part 21 Subpart J approval as Design Organization (DOA) (Approval ref. EASA.21J.315). This includes approval of design changes related to avionics, electrical and interiors as well as changes and minor repairs related to aircraft structure with a well established expertise in NVIS modifications, EMS layouts and mission/survey equipment installations.