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ROTORCRAFT AFTER DARK


BY DAVID OGLESBEE PHOTOS: DANA MAXFIELD


NightCon 2011 Draws Night Vision


Community Together! The first conference exclusively focused on Night


Vision Systems was recently held in Dallas, Texas. The event was exceptionally well-attended by Night Vision Goggle (NVG) users, suppliers and government repre- sentatives. The participation of every group that has anything to do with Night Vision operations made this conference different from most in the industry. Most conferences are great opportunities to meet with industry professionals.


It is always great to meet


new friends, and renew relationships with old ones. NightCon was not only that kind of conference, it was much more. While that opportunity did exist, and cer- tainly friendships were made and renewed, the feel of this conference was different. This conference felt like there was a specific goal in mind and the audience was eager for the opportunity to meet together over this subject.


It was the right topics, with the right people


and at the right time. If you missed this conference and you are current-


ly operating Night Vision Goggle modified aircraft or you have any desire to operate such aircraft, you really missed a tremendous opportunity. All is not lost though, as NightCon 2012 is already in the works.


ON THE GROUND The layout of the conference area was obviously


very well-thought out. The event producers – Rotorcraft Pro Media Network, Night Flight Concepts and Aviation Specialties Unlimited – who planned the floor area and the flow of events – had obviously been to many other events and had kept notes of lessons learned.


The conference was basically divided into three


separate areas. The main welcome area and the area where the opening round table events were held was a very well-appointed room that really had the feel of a large classroom with tables, tablets, pens and instruc- tors provided. Next to this room was a display area


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