Whilst the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) has allowed aircraft to expand their operations at night, they have some significant limitations to be managed. NVGs do not allow aircrew to fly at night with impunity - and do not "turn night into day".
Failure to appreciate the limitations and potential illusions involved with the use of NVGs can be fatal. The key to minimising these significant risks is a structured programme of Night Vision Training for aircrew to:
Training remains a very important part of mission qualification. Too often with ever increasing pressures on budgets training becomes less attractive as procurement of military equipment assumes a greater importance than “equipment for training” the NVTS provides a cost effective solution that provides a structured training approach for this very important operational capability which is equally valid for both military and civil operations.