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U.S. EMS Pilots Launch NVG Survey

By James T. McKenna | February 29, 2008

Emergency Medical Service

The National EMS Pilots Assn is conducting a survey of night-vision goggle (NVG) use in the United States. The survey coincides with a call by a top FAA official that all helicopter night flights be conducted with at least one pilot in the cockpit on NVGs. The head of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate, Dave Downey, said at a presentation at Heli-Expo in Houston this week that "NVGs should be the norm, not the exception" for night flights. A key hurdle there is the ongoing lack of a technical standard order for NVG installations, which still must be done under individual supplemental type certificates. The EMS pilots’ group survey aims to collect "the professional opinions and feelings of helicopter EMS pilots regarding the use of night-vision goggles in air medical transport." It plans to collate and analyze the results and present them to the FAA "to assist in standardizing and clarifying policies and regulations pertinent to EMS NVG operations." For related news

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