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NVG’s (Night Vision Goggles)

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At what time are you legally allowed to fly with night vision goggles and where is it found in the faraim book?

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  1. Sam Dawson on Jan 26, 2014

    61.51

    “(k) Logging night vision goggle time. (1) A person may log night vision goggle time only for the time the person uses night vision goggles as the primary visual reference of the surface and operates:

    (i) An aircraft during a night vision goggle operation; or

    (ii) A flight simulator or flight training device with the lighting system adjusted to represent the period beginning 1 hour after sunset and ending 1 hour before sunrise.

    (2) An authorized instructor may log night vision goggle time when that person conducts training using night vision goggles as the primary visual reference of the surface and operates:

    (i) An aircraft during a night goggle operation; or

    (ii) A flight simulator or flight training device with the lighting system adjusted to represent the period beginning 1 hour after sunset and ending 1 hour before sunrise.

    (3) To log night vision goggle time to meet the recent night vision goggle experience requirements under §61.57(f), a person must log the information required under §61.51(b).

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  2. Steve Butler on Jan 27, 2014

    § 61.31. (k) Additional training required for
    night vision goggle operations. (1) Except
    as provided under paragraph (k)(3) of
    this section, a person may act as pilot
    in command of an aircraft using night
    vision goggles only if that person receives
    and logs ground training from
    an authorized instructor and obtains a
    logbook or training record endorsement
    from an authorized instructor
    who certifies the person completed the
    ground training. The ground training
    must include the following subjects: ……

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  3. Sam Dawson on Jan 27, 2014

    If you are asking the actual time, as with the logging of night time, the FAA does not stipulate this (except for the simulator), for various reasons. Most NVGs can’t be used with too much ambient light, so they normally wont be used in direct sunlight. But flipping them down depends on the type of goggles and ambient conditions, not some arbitrary FAA mandated time. Heck, for a few years the US Army conducted day NVG training using filters, primarily in areas such as Alaska in the summer to keep crews proficient.

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