HeliSpeed Academy and REBTECH partner for ‘NVIS turnkey solution’

HeliSpeed Academy and REBTECH Press Release | June 22, 2022

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U.K.-based HeliSpeed Academy and U.S.-based REBTECH have announced that they will join forces to provide a European-based “NVIS turnkey solution” to support the increasing requirement for NVIS operations within Europe.

HeliSpeed’s Bell 429 simulator will be based at the Blackpool Airport. HeliSpeed Photo

HeliSpeed Academy, based in Blackpool, holds both a U.K. & EASA ATO & ISO 9011 approval and is using a R44 NVIS compatible single engine helicopter to support NVIS & NVG training. This helicopter has been specially configured in-house by HeliSpeed using European and U.K. approvals to support its NVIS/NVG flight training programs within Europe and at Blackpool. These flight training operations are also supported using top of the range +4G white phosphor NVG goggles.

HeliSpeed’s CEO Geoff Packer stated “We believe that this unique flight solution delivers a cost-effective in-flight training package. The Academy has also ordered for January 2023 delivery, an NVIS compatible Bell 429 simulator which will allow HeliSpeed Academy to support the two tier NVIS training recommended under EASA. Using the R44 and B429 simulator will cost effectively address all the training requirements needed to support the EASA training schedule.”

The total “turnkey” engineering solution is also met by REBTECH who, for over 26 years, have been delivering market leading NVIS systems to a diverse international client base. As the market leading provider, REBTECH are experts in design, integration and installation of complex NVIS systems to an extensive portfolio of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Holding both FAA & EASA 145 repair station certification, along with ISO 9100 2015 and AS9100D, places them as the ideal partners for this joint venture.
“We are extremely pleased to have partnered with Geoff Packer and the Helispeed team to bring this much needed NVG Flight Training academy to the European market,” said Richard Borkowski, CEO, and owner of the REBTECH brand.

He further commented “REBTECH has a long history of designing, supplying and integrating high quality night vision systems into civil and military aircraft worldwide. Additionally, we are proud to support other prestigious company’s such as Bell and Airbus. Partnering with HeliSpeed was the perfect opportunity to combine our skill sets to provide a significant enhancement to flight training and to the future NVIS / NVG operating environment within Europe.”

In joining forces, Helispeed and REBTECH now provides a common contact within Europe supporting and delivering ether at your base or Blackpool a flexible solution of hardware and training to present to all future and current NVIS operators.

This press release was jointly prepared and distributed by HeliSpeed Academy and REB Technologies.

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