BC air ambulance helicopters to get NVIS
Helijet International and BC Ambulance Service will develop and install night vision imaging systems (NVIS) into three of its dedicated air ambulance helicopters, it was announced on 30 August.
Helijet operates the specially-equipped Sikorsky S-76C+ medical helicopters from its Vancouver International Airport and Prince Rupert/Seal Cove base facilities under long term contracts with BC Emergency Health Services, which operates the BC Ambulance Service.
Under an agreement with BCEHS, Helijet will install NVIS into the three dedicated air ambulances. The $1.6 million installation cost will be financed by Helijet International.
The new technology will give pilots the situational awareness to fly more safely during the hours of darkness.
NVIS - or night vision goggles - is a technology which uses image intensifier tubes to produce an enhanced image of a scene in light conditions too low for the normal human eye to accurately identify during navigation and pilotage.
Helijet’s flight crew will be fully ground and flight trained on the use of this technology by early 2018.