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News > American Eurocopter Announces Latest Training Offering: NVG check Airman/Instructor Pilot Course

American Eurocopter Announces Latest Training Offering: NVG check Airman/Instructor Pilot Course

July 16, 2008

Grand Prairie, TX – Today, American Eurocopter announced the introduction of its FAA part 141 approved NVG Check Airman/Instructor Pilot course. The purpose of the course is to train Check Airmen and Instructor Pilots to evaluate and teach pilots within their organizations to operate with Night Vision Goggles. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to create an effective NVG proficiency flight evaluation to be used within their own organization to determine both pilot proficiency and training program effectiveness.  
“The importance of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) has grown in all segments of the industry,” explains Del Livingston, American Eurocopter Vice President of Flight Operations and Training. “We are offering this course to help operators improve the safety and efficiency of their NVG operations. Their instructors are provided with the necessary tools to conduct flight evaluations and develop course curricula designed to meet the needs of their missions.”  
The NVG Check Airman/Instructor Pilot course focuses on proficiency flight evaluation requirements and techniques, with emphasis on endorsements, regulations and classroom modules. The course contains 12.7 hours of ground instruction and 4.0 hours of flight training. Subjects included in the course are Accident Review, Current Regulatory State and Evolution, Creating NVG Training, and Characteristics and Responsibilities of the Instructor Pilot. Students who attend this course will learn how to conduct an NVG scenario-based proficiency flight evaluation, which includes performing multiple aircraft emergency procedures to a landing/touchdown.  
The first class was completed on July 11. Tom Urso, Pilot/Instructor with the Anaheim Police Department who completed the initial course, said “This course exceeded my expectations. I already have a sound and functional understanding of this esoteric subject. American Eurocopter has done an outstanding job of creating the NVG Instructor course and I truly feel that I can go back to work and begin training at once.” 
Classes are available now and applicants for this course are approved for attendance by the NVG Chief Instructor Pilot after review of their application. For a complete list of prerequisites or more information contact the NVG Chief Instructor Pilot at For information on the entire ranges of training classes and services offered at American Eurocopter, contact the Sales and Marketing team at  
About American Eurocopter 
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi and its West Coast Regional Support Facility, in Long Beach, CA.

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