ASU pilots’ flight experience encompasses over 21,000 flight hours to include over 10,000 hours in the Bell 206 helicopter. Our commercially certified helicopter pilots are also current Certified Flight Instructors. Each pilot has completed a formal ground training course in “flying in the wire environment” conducted by experts from Utilities Aviation Specialists, INC. We firmly believe that this training and our pilot’s experience, significantly enhances low-level flight safety under any conditions.
Additionally, our professional pilots have a broad spectrum of helicopter operational experiences including; flight training, utility, charter, aerial photography, air tours, ENG, Law Enforcement support, and aerial mine survey.
ASU’s mechanics are highly experienced technicians executing 90% of all required maintenance in-house. Our maintenance personnel have over 50 years of helicopter maintenance experience. Our Director of Maintenance has been with ASU for over 28 years.
Our Mechanics will deploy as necessary to support flight operations in the field. We currently maintain a parts inventory of $100,000 for day-to-day requirements. While aircraft are deployed away from our Rome base, ASU has access to a database of qualified support facilities and personnel to ensure timely support of the aircraft while we re-position a backup aircraft to cover the requirements.