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December 18, 2008

NVG Pilot Training Requirements FAR 135

The following guidance is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration as the minimum training required to act as pilot in command of an aircraft while using Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) under FAR Part 135. The rule outlines both Ground and Flight training requirements. The information contained was taken directly from the FAA Order 8900.1 Volume 4, Chapter 7, Section 4 accessible by visiting http://www.faa.gov.

FAA Order 8900.1 Training Program Requirements (NVG Part 135)

TrainingProgram.NVGtrainingmaybeconductedwithintheinitialnewhire,initialequipment,transition, upgradeorrecurrenttrainingprogramsorinaspecialqualificationprogramforpilotsalreadyservinginthetype ofaircraftforwhichNVGqualificationisdesired. ThegroundtrainingforinitialNVGqualificationmustincludeatleastfivehoursofgroundschool.Thesehours mustbeaddedtoexistinginitialnewhireandinitialequipmentgroundtrainingcurricula.Inthecaseoftransition, upgrade,orrecurrenttraining,onehourofgroundisrequired. Refertothefollowingtabletodeterminethenationalnormforflighttraininghoursfortrainingprogramsthat includeNVGoperations: Table421,NVGFlightTrainingHours Kindof Operations H IFRand e VFR/NVG l i c o p t e r *ThesecategoriesassumethatthepilotisalreadyNVGqualified.

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CategoryofFlightTraining InitialNewHire PIC­14 SIC­14 PIC­8 SIC­8 5 Initial Equipment* PIC­12 SIC­12 PIC­7 SIC­7 2 Transition* PIC­4 SIC­4 PIC­4 SIC­4 1 Upgrade* SICtoPIC5 Recurrent* PIC­5 SIC­5 PIC­3 SIC­3 1

VFR/NVG

SICtoPIC3

MinimumNVG FlightTraining Hours

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Volume3,Chapter19,Section6,FlightTrainingCurriculumSegments,appliesincaseswherethepilothas demonstratedproficiencybeforeaccumulatingtheprogramflighthours. Ifapilotiscurrentlyqualifiedasapilotcrewmember,butisnotNVGqualified,initialequipment,transition,upgrade andrecurrenttraininghoursaregovernedbythenationalnormsidentifiedinTables360and361foundin Volume3,Chapter19,Section6,asappropriate.IfNVGqualificationisdesired,thesetrainingprogramsmustbe augmentedbynolessthanfivehoursofgroundandfivehoursofflighttrainingonNVGoperations.

NOTE: Thesefivehoursofflighttrainingmaybeintegratedwithaircraftspecifictraining,

butinnocasemustprogramscontainlessthanfivehoursofNVGflighttime. IfNVGtrainingisconductedunderaspecialqualificationprogram,theminimumnumberofflighttraininghoursis five.Forsubsequenttransition,upgradeorrecurrenttrainingprograms,refertoTable421. Forairtransportationflightinstructorandcheckairmantraining,seeVolume3,Chapter20,Section4,CheckAirman andAirTransportationFlightInstructorTraining. GuidelinesforthedevelopmentofNVGtrainingprogramsarecontainedinVolume3,Chapter19,Training ProgramsandAirmanQualifications.Duringtheformalapplicationphase,thePOIwillreviewthetrainingprogram forappropriatecontent.Iftheprogramrequiresadditionalinformation,thePOIwillinformtheoperatorinwriting. Afterthesatisfactoryreviewofthetrainingprogram,thePOIwillapprovetheNVGtrainingprogram.Ifnecessary, thePOImayrequestanNVGNRStoassistinreviewingthetrainingprogrampriortoPOIapproval.Initialandfinal approvalprocessesarethesameasforothertrainingprogramapprovals.Inspectorsshouldensuretheelements outlinedinVolume4,Chapter5areincludedinanoperator'strainingprogramforflightcrewandmedical personnelinairambulanceoperations.Thissectionalsocontainselementsthatinspectorsshouldconsiderwhen makingevaluations,asappropriatetotheoperator'soperations(seeVolume3,Chapter19forthetypesoftraining categoriesthatoperatorsmustuseintrainingcurriculaingeneral). Allcategoriesoftraininghavebothgroundtrainingandflighttrainingcurricula.Portionsofgroundtrainingcanbe dividedintoairmanspecificandoperatorspecificsegments,normallyincludedinbasicindoctrination. Moduleswithintheairmanspecificsegmentinclude,appropriatetothecrewmemberposition(pilot,medical crewmember,etc.):

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IntroductiontoNVGs; Limitations/EmergencyProcedures; NVGAeromedicalConsideration/AviationPhysiology,includingvisualillusions; NVG/NightFlightplanning(includingterraininterpretation);and Riskmanagementtoolforeachphaseofflight(seeFAAHandbook808321, RotorcraftFlyingHandbook,Chapter14,AeronauticalDecisionMaking.This handbookmaybefoundat: http://www.faa.gov/library/manuals/aircraft/media/faah808321.pdf.

Moduleswithintheoperatorspecificsegmentinclude:

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AuthorizedOperations, FormsandRecords, ResponsibilitiesoftheDutyPosition, ApplicableregulationsandOpSpecs,and GOM.

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Moduleswithintheaircraftgroundtrainingsegmentinclude:

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Lightingsystems, Caution/warningsystems,and CockpitfamiliarizationandNVGcompatibility.

Detaileddescriptionsofthenormal,abnormal,andemergencymaneuversmustbeapartoftheNVGtraining program.ThesedescriptionsmaybethesameasthoseusedforunaidedVFRoperations.Ifdifferencesexist, however,thosedifferencesshouldbenotedinthebasicdescriptionpackage.Volume3,Chapter19,Section7, Table371,outlinestheminimummaneuverstobecoveredonaPart135CheckingModules--Helicopters.The POIwillverifythatanadequateamountoftimeisallocatedtomeettheflighttrainingcurriculum.Itmustbe realisticinmeetingthestatedtrainingobjectives.Thecompanypilotmustbeproficientinrecognizingvisual illusions,spatialdisorientation,andperforminginadvertentIMCrecoveryprocedures.Thetotaltimewithinthe flighttrainingcurriculumcanonlybedeterminedbydirectobservationasdescribedinVolume3,Chapter19, Section1,paragraph31074. Source: FAA

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