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What is an NVG operation

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I have read and understand the FAR's about NVG's and realize that time between 1 hour after sunset and 1 hour before sunrise can be logged as NVG operational time.

My question is, referring to 6 NVG operations within 2 calendar months, what is an operation?  Unquestionably if I takeoff and fly with my goggles on for an hour and come back and shut down, that is "an operation".

If I takeoff and do 3 area arrivals and landings and takeoffs, and 3 hovering tasks and 3 transitions to unaided, and come back and shut down, can I log more that one NVG operation? Some say yes.

If so, where is the proof, an FAR and FAA ruling?

Thanks in advance...

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Feb 11, 2016

    Your answer is found in the preamble to the Part 61 rule change in 2009. The text follows.

    Revised § 61.57(f) establishes as a recent flight experience requirement to remain PIC qualified for night vision goggle (NVG) operations. To understand “NVG operations,” it is necessary to further clarify the term “flight.” “Flight” means a takeoff and landing, with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern. For example, a person who performs six takeoffs and landings, with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern, and uses NVGs to maintain visual reference may log six “NVG operations.”

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