NVG TRAINING OPTIONS
Night Flight Concepts night vision goggle (NVG) training programs provide the customer with in-depth and state-of-the-art academic curriculum and operational flight training in order to increase safety, situational awareness, and mission operation capabilities during night flight. The training programs are specifically designed to address the requirements of law enforcement agencies, air medical/rescue services, military organizations, and government task force agencies; our “First Responders.”
Training is conducted in accordance with regulations, standards, and guidelines as set forth by the applicable regulatory authority and the customer while adhering to the expectations and standards of Night Flight Concepts. Our Night Vision Instructors are the best-of-the-best and are disciplined industry professionals in the areas of law enforcement, emergency medical service, and military special operations.
All Training Courses encompass the most up-to-date technology, information, techniques, and procedures for implementing NVGs in a new or pre-existing aviation programs. Training courses are categorized according to the level of experience of the individual and the requirements of the customer.
Initial Qualification Training: Initial training required for personnel who do not have a previous night vision goggle qualification. Training is comprised of a minimum of 8 hours of ground school training and 6 hours of flight training.
Re-current/Refresher Training: Annual training required for personnel who should continue to serve in the same duty position during night vision goggle operations and also for those who have exceeded 120 days since their last NVG flight. Training is comprised of a minimum of 4 hours of ground school training and 2.5 hours of flight training.
Instructor Training: Training is comprised of a minimum of 4 hours of ground school training and 3 hours of flight training. Successfully completing this course will result in an endorsement under 61.195(k)(7) to provide NVG instruction.
Academic Curriculum is taught concurrently with flight training and is arranged in a step-based learning process which builds on knowledge learned from an earlier stage of training. Proficiency must be demonstrated in each stage prior to moving to the next stage and is reinforced through oral, written, and performance based evaluations. General academic subject areas and a brief description include, but are not limited to:
· Introduction to NVGs – At the completion of this lesson the individual will be able to identify the components, characteristics, capabilities, limitations, functions, operation, and operator level maintenance procedures of the night vision goggle (NVG) system.
· Night Vision Orientation – At the completion of this lesson the individual will be able to identify and manage the effects of visual limitations, NVG/night aero medical considerations, and aviation physiology (including visual illusions) during night flight while performing duties as an aircrew member.
· NVG/Night Terrain Interpretation – At the completion of this lesson the individual will be able to interpret the terrain during night flight while performing duties as an aircrew member. Topic areas include sources of light, restrictions to visibility, visual recognition cues, factors affecting terrain interpretation, navigation cues, and environmental factors.
· Virtual Terrain Board (VTB) Simulation – At the completion of the VTB laboratory exercise the student will be able to identify the effects of illumination and contrast in the NVG environments; identify various lighting effects on the NVG image; and identify the effects of shadows on the NVG image through the use of advanced virtual training simulation software.
· NVG/Night Flight Planning – At the completion of this lesson the individual will be able to identify the NVG/night flight planning considerations, cockpit resource management consideration, lighting considerations, navigation considerations, and briefing considerations.
Flight Training is taught concurrently with ground training and is arranged in a step-based learning process which builds on knowledge learned from an earlier stage of training. Proficiency must be demonstrated through working knowledge and practical application before advancing to the next stage of training. A performance based flight evaluation is administered by a certified flight instructor and the individual must demonstrate proficiency prior to course completion. All tasks/maneuvers have published detailed procedures and include NVG/Night considerations. General flight training segments include, but are not limited to:
· Internal / external lighting systems
· Cockpit and other system familiarization
· Crew briefings
· Risk assessment
· Crew resource management
· Preflight planning and maintenance checks
· Airspace surveillance & obstacle avoidance
· Aided/Unaided transition
· IGE/OGE hover
· Aided/Unaided departure (shallow, normal, steep)
· Aided/Unaided approach (shallow, normal, steep)
· Turns, climbs, descents
· Landing area reconnaissance
· Slopes, pinnacles, confined areas
· Autorotation (straight-in, 180º, IGE/OGE hover)
· NVG emergency procedures
· Unusual attitude recovery
· Inadvertent IMC recovery
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