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Develop an internal program that encourages lessons learned to be shared with all others in the organization. Write them down and discuss them in a group format. Learn these lessons and develop protocols to both mitigate negative occurrences and enforce positive ones.


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Err on the side of safety. NVGs do not put an “S” on your chest. You do not suddenly become Superman (or Supergirl) where only you can save the world. If the hair on the back of your neck is standing up, trust your intuition. Always fl y with doubt in your mind and confi rm what you see, aided by looking unaided at the same scene.


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Enforce proper handling of NVGs through quality training. It will save the organization money on undue repairs costs and enhance operational effi ciency by foregoing unwarranted NVG downtime due to equipment failure.


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In the relationship between currency and profi ciency, currency does not equal profi ciency. Currency is a legal requirement; profi ciency is a capability/stay- alive requirement. Operators must support aircrews so they can stay profi cient. The results could be catastrophic if crews do not stay in a mission-capable status.


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Use all lights to your advantage. Illuminate areas you are approaching when visual acuity is poor. The use of white landing/searchlights can be very helpful on dark nights, and can also be helpful when approaching bright lights that are adversely affecting NVGs. Landing/searchlights can actually reduce the effects of bright lights.


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NVGs and related technical knowledge are highly regulated by the U.S. State Department and are considered “crown jewels” by the U.S. Department of Defense. As such, any operator of NVGs should be aware of the sensitive national security interest of the United States and protect this equipment and knowledge at all costs from getting into the wrong hands. A great best practice for all operators of NVGs is to develop and integrate a technology control plan and be aware of unauthorized export violations.


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