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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: FAA Mulls Order Requiring Repetitive Night-Vision Checks

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Look for the FAA to call for repetitive inspections of night-vision systems once turmoil from its applications on helicopters settles down.

Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited on May 29 regained its Part 145 repair station certificate, which the FAA had revoked in late April as part of a probe into discrepancies between the company’s installation of night-vision systems and the related paperwork the company filed with the FAA (see page 7).

That probe increased concerns that operators or others may modify a cockpit post-installation in a way that nullifies the supplemental type certificate covering the night-vision system. Some FAA officials, therefore, propose an airworthiness directive requiring repetitive inspections to verify that the current aircraft configuration ensures the full effectiveness of the night-vision system. When that AD might be issued remains to be seen.

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