Instructor, student pilots experience NVG training through new lenses

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — The 58th Airlift Squadron and the 97th Training Squadron recently combined their efforts to present a new virtual, high-resolution, night vision goggle training system to instructor pilots and loadmasters, Dec. 9 at Altus Air Force Base.

The current NVG training program consists of a series of power point presentations, followed by students monitoring a stationary 10-foot-by-10-foot terrain board with covert and overt lights attached to it.

This method has not received updates since the first day the C-17 Globemaster III Formal Training Unit arrived at Altus AFB.

The new virtual NVG training system provides airmen with a high-resolution, projector-based screen which almost directly replicates what student pilots and loadmasters can expect to see in the cockpit.

This allows students to have a more hands on and realistic learning experience, preparing them for future flights in a wide variety of conditions.

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