“Night Vision Goggles for Helicopter Pilots” is written by Captain Mike Becker, one of Australia’s most experienced helicopter instructors. With over 15,000 helicopter flight hours, and recipient of the “Captain John Ashton Award for Flight Standards and Aviation Safety” by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators of London”, Mike’s experience provides invaluable insights and real hands-on knowledge.
Mike Becker has been operating a helicopter flight school since 1995. As Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor, Mike is operating a fleet of over 20 helicopters and employing a team of more than 30 instructors who deliver over 10,000 training hours per year with 2,000 of these hours NVG specific. This book captures his experiences as Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor, as well as the breadth of experience of the team of flight instructors who, over the years, have contributed to the continual improvement of this book.
All this experience is evident in this practical, hands-on guide to NVG civilian operations. It is written by a helicopter pilot for a helicopter pilot, and demystifies the world of NVGs.
The information and teaching material in “Night Vision Goggles for Helicopter Pilots” covers the issues of sourcing and using NVGs, understanding how they work and operate, dealing with unique hazards and risks, flight planning for NVG operations, crew resource management considerations, helicopter emergencies, and establishing safe and regulatory-compliant operational systems. New terms like Omnibus, Gen III, ANVIS 9, microchannel plate, lumen, photocathode, infrared, chicken-wire, and more, are clearly explained and simplified.
Although a technical theory book, it is written in an easy to understand language. It contains hundreds of colour photographs, illustrations and diagrams.
This book is a ground-breaking world-first comprehensive text. It is a must for the new and current NVG helicopter aviator, bringing you out of the dark and into the light in terms of the depth of knowledge required for civilian NVG operations.