In this presentation, delivered to the Lawyer Pilot's Bar Association, aviation expert, Matthew Robinson, ATP, CFII, discusses some of the pros and cons of aviation night visions devices.

Night Vision Devices

  • GA/Commercial Use
  • FAA Regulation
  • Method of Operation
  • Pros v Cons
  • Mishaps & Safety
  • Lab/Demonstration

Night Visions Devices / Goggles Defined

FAA defines “night vision goggles” as “an appliance worn by a pilot that enhances the pilot’s ability to maintain visual surface reference at night,” and “night vision goggle operation” as a flight at night “where the pilot maintains visual surface reference using night vision goggles in an aircraft that is approved for such an operation.”

Download the entire slide deck from Matt Robinson’s presentation in the “Details” section of this page.


Featured Expert

Matthew Robinson, ATP, CFII

Matt earned a Commission in the United States Marine Corps in 1995, attended Naval Flight School, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1998. He completed a Westpac deployment to the Middle East in 2001 and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. During OIF, he flew CASAVAC and combat missions, earning the Navy and Marine Corps Air Medal and Presidential Unit Citation.

Upon completion of his fleet tours, Matt was selected to instruct new helicopter pilots in the CH-46E. He attained the highest pilot evaluator qualification in Naval Aviation, was a Night Systems Flight Instructor and Instrument evaluator/examiner.