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Trial of Night Vision Goggles

Night Vision Goggles operations

The process of formally implementing standards and requirements for the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) has moved into the next phase. A 17 month trial of NVG formally ended at the close of 2008 with operators now approved and using NVG as part of their day to day (or night to night..) operations.

During the course of the trial regular CASA / Industry workshops were held at various locations around Australia, the last being held in November of 2008 in Hobart. The purpose of these workshops was to review and refine the standards and requirements of Civil Aviation Order 82.6. This order provides for the use of NVG by approved air operators conducting operations such as emergency medical services, law enforcement, search and rescue, marine pilot transfer, aerial fire fighting and NVG training. NVG have not been approved for use in private operations, expect for the purpose of training.

During 2009, CASA will continue to accept and assess applications for NVG operations as well as carrying out safety oversight of NVG operations. CASA will be ensuring that operations are being conducted in accordance with the legislation. Where NVG training is being carried out CASA will be conducting surveillance during ground or flying courses. The oversight will look at issues such as operational manual procedures versus actual night vision operations, training course outcomes, airworthiness and pilot and aircrew proficiency.

CASA will now look towards incorporating current NVG legislation into the future CASRs.

History

Civil Aviation Order 82.6 was registered on the 30th of July 2007 and became effective on the 31st of July 2007. For safety reasons, CASA also directed that NVGs may not be used in any private operations by industry with the exception of NVG training (other than initial training) by an approved NVG operator, for a permitted NVG operation, in accordance with CAO 82.6.

Application

Operators may submit applications through the CASA service centre, using Form 538 – Application for NVG authorisation.