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Mauna Loa Helicopters Introduces Night Vision Goggle Training

Mauna Loa Helicopters completed its first Night Vision Goggle (NVG) pilot training program in August in Kailua- Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The staff used a com- puter based training program developed by Night Flight Concepts to provide students the knowledge and training in advance of the classroom instruction. The flight training took place in an NVG modified R-44 Raven II. Seven pilots attended the inaugural class. NVGs are being introduced into all phases of night flying and instrument training con- ducted at the school. Instructors can expect to log well over 100 hours of night instruction dur- ing their internship as CFIs at Mauna Loa.

Randy Rowles of Night

Flight Concepts attended the course to supervise the training and ensure quality control on this first class provided by Mauna Loa Helicopters. “We see an ever increasing

market for NVG equipment and training in the industry and intend to offer this to our pilots during their primary training,” said Ben Fouts, president. “There are currently few options in the civil market for the training, so from a career building standpoint we feel this was an important step for our organization. With the help of Night Flight Concepts, we will soon have a complete export compliance program and intend to market this program to cus- tomers not only in the U.S. but from the Pacific Rim as well.” Students who attend Mauna Loa Helicopters will be provid- ed with NVG training as a stan- dard part of the professional pilot curriculum. ◆

Limitations of “See And

Avoid” Concept And Distracted Air Traffic Controller Led To Mid-Air Collision Over Huson River, NTSB Determines.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of last year's midair collision over the Hudson River that resulted in the deaths of all nine persons aboard the two aircraft were the inherent limitations of "see- and-avoid" concept and a Teterboro Airport air traffic controller's nonpertinent tele- phone conversation at the time of the collision.

The see-and-avoid technique of averting mid-air collisions was not effective because of the difficulty the airplane pilot had in seeing the helicopter until the final seconds before the col- lision. In addition, the

Teterboro Airport local con- troller engaged in a personal telephone conversation, which distracted him from his air traf- fic control duties, including the timely transfer of communica- tions for the accident airplane to the Newark Liberty

International Airport (EWR) tower and correcting the air- plane pilot's incorrect read-back of the EWR tower frequency. The Safety Board met today in a five-hour public meeting to determine the probable cause of the accident and issued five rec- ommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration for improving the safety of the national airspace, and in partic- ular, the airspace over the Hudson River near New York City. The Safety Board noted that contributing to the cause of the accident were the ineffective use by both pilots of their air- crafts' electronic advisory system to maintain awareness of other


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