Every year, the Mexico State Government Air Rescue Unit (MSGARU)
conducts countless search and rescue missions in the mountainous
terrain of Mexico in an Agusta A119 Koala. In mid-2009, MSGARU
added night vision goggles to enhance safety and their capability
to complete these life saving missions after dark. With a large
number of pilots within their organization, the ability to
internally train their personnel on the use of NVG's was needed,
and Night Flight Concepts was selected to aid in the development of
the MSGARU NVG training program.
MSGARU AW119 Koala
The initial phase in the development of their NVG program was
training their staff. Randy Rowles, NFC chief flight instructor
commented "NFC is honored to have been selected to provide NVG
instructor pilot training to the Mexico State Government Air Rescue
Unit. Our dedication to our customer's success with NVG
implementation is unparalleled within the NVG industry".
Night Flight Concepts provided the Mexico State Government Air
Rescue Unit with their initial NVG pilot qualification course in
2009 followed most recently with NVG Instructor Pilot Qualification
in May 2010. The comprehensive NVG instructor training package
included ground training, introduction to Fundamentals of
Instruction, as well as ten hours of train-the-trainer techniques,
specific to an NVG curriculum.
The training took place in an NVG-equipped Bell 206B Jet Ranger
at Palm Beach Helicopters, the Southeast US training partner of
Night Flight Concepts. Training was conducted by Adam Aldous and
Randy Rowles. "It is essential to have competent, capable
instructional personnel in Mexico to maintain safety while training
for NVG operations" said Rowles.