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Asked by: Patrick Magrum
gogles, night, vision FAA Regulations
At what time are you legally allowed to fly with night vision goggles and where is it found in the faraim book?
on Jan 26, 2014
“(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
(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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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: ……
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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