17 April 2008
Adventures With Kandy
Night landings at accident scenes...
Yeah they're exciting, but statistically they're probably the most dangerous part of flying a helicopter ambulance. The industry has recognized this and is working to make that portion of our job safer. One of the ways to do that is with the use of Night Vision Goggles,
I retired as the U.S. Army was beginning to use the devices in earnest. I was introduced to NVG's but never flew with them. Early versions were pretty sad...
VERY heavy and awkward, with a limited field of view. (Some said using them was like trying to fly while looking through two toilet paper tubes.) Still, those that learned to use them properly said given the choice, they'd never fly at night without them.
New versions are improved in EVERY way.
In our company, bases in mountainous areas are getting them first. Our base MAY get them sometime before I retire... I'd like to get the chance to use them so I know what all the fuss is about!
Kandy has attached her first set to her helmet and also seems to be sold on them. Go and read about her "Goggles" experience.