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EXECUTIVE WATCH


Adam Aldous NFC President


night vision Shows Way to Serve By Rick Weatherford


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ight Flight Concepts (NFC), based out of Waco, Texas, brings night vision training and technology from the military to


the civilian masses who need to safely fly when the sun goes down. The company is known for cleverly marketing its night vision products and services under acronyms such as L.E.A.S.E (Law Enforcement Air Support Entity) and S.O.A.R. (Special Operations Aviation Resources). With approximately 300 global customers, 1,450 students trained, and 3,500 NVGs inspected and repaired since 2006, another catchy acronym for NFC would be F.L.I.G.H.T. (Forward Looking Industrious Group Has Tenacity).


NFC began as a vision and early side-hustle for co-founder and president Adam Aldous while serving in Iraq as an Army Chinook pilot. (Aldous still hustles; if he doesn’t


Jan/Feb 2019


wake up earlier, his 5-year-old daughter gets him up every morning by 6:00 without fail.) When we caught up with him in early January, he was working on NFC’s 2019 marketing plans, but he graciously found the time to share his fascinating story.


Aldous was born in Glen Falls, New York, but “grew up everywhere.” His father was an Army career combat engineer and consequently Aldous had a traveling childhood and adolescence. “My memories are from Fort Hood, Texas, South Korea, and Germany, then Fort Benning, Georgia, until my father finally retired in St. Louis. I got used to moving as most military families do,” he says. Upon Aldous’ graduation from high school, his father influenced him to join the military. “It turned out to be one of my best life decisions, as I could have followed some of my friends heading in the wrong direction,” he remembers.


After Aldous enlisted with the Air Force, he became an F-15 crew chief stationed at Langley, Virginia. He left the Air Force to attend Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida, where he obtained an associate’s degree. After transferring to the University of Central Florida, he attempted to re-enter the Air Force to become a fighter pilot, but at that time it wasn’t taking pilot applications from individuals who had already been in the military. “So,” he says, “I literally went next door to Army recruiting. They accepted me into the Warrant Officer Flight Training (WOFT) Program and I went to Fort Rucker, Alabama, to become a CH-47 Delta pilot.” From there it was on to tours in South Korea, Hunter Army Airfield (Savannah, Georgia), twice in Iraq, and ending in Egypt.


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