NVG Pilot Training

Night Vision Initial, Recurrent, and Instructor Pilot Training

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) has trained more than 6,000 pilots and crew. FAA certifications in Part 133, 135, 137 and 141.

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As the FAA’s forerunner in the Night Vision flight training industry, ASU is firmly established with flight operations worldwide. Whether you require basic NVG training or advanced training for special operations, our instructor pilots are well qualified to assist you with customized training. All ASU NIght Vision Training flight instructors have extensive civil and military NVG flight experience, a rarity in the training industry. They’ve flown NVGs in nearly every environment on earth, from the arctic to the equator, mountainous to open ocean, desert to jungle, rural farmland to most major U.S. cities (and many international cities), and nearly everything in between. Whatever the future holds, we’ll be ready to help you prepare for it.


Initial Night Vision Flight Training


Night Vision Instructor Pilot Training

Description of training
8 hours Ground/Classroom
5 hours Flight Training per Pilot
Plus Orientation Flight for
associated Aircrew Members
NVG Crewmember Training
Description of training
Crewmember Training only,
to include:
8 hours Ground/Classroom
Orientation Flight

Description of training
Certified Flight Instructor
Previous Initial ASU NVG
Course Completion
If prerequisites are not met,
additional training/time is
required for both ground and
flight training segments.
8 hours Ground/Classroom
5 hours Flight Training per Pilot

Recurrent Night Vision Training Course

Part 141 Flight School – Rotorcraft Helicopter & Fixed-wing

Description of training
4 hours Ground / Classroom
1 - 1.5 hour Flight Training per Pilot

Also available online

ASU is excited to offer an instructor lead web-based recurrent training to part 135 operators both domestically and internationally. The program meets and exceeds 8900.1 guidance for 135 operators and will be 100% online, live and interactive. The course is designed to review NVG operational techniques and aeromedical factors during all phases of flight. Students will also learn NVG regulatory and procedural guidance on IAW 14 CFR 61.31 (k)1.

To see class availabilty and register click here.

ASU is also a FAR Part 135 Night Vision Goggle Operator and FAR Part 135 NVG Training provider. We use goggles as well as teach about them! ASU received FAR Part 135 NVG Operations approval in September 2002 – the first non-EMS NVG commercial operator in the U.S.

As a service to our customers, ASU also maintains an FAA Approved Part 141  Flight School. Training is conducted in Boise, Idaho, in a Bell 206 B3 and Cessna 206. Our course curriculum ranges from night vision to initial private pilot certification.


NVG Crew & Maintenance Training

Training Programs are customized to meet each customer's specific needs.

Ground School:

  • Aeromedical Factors
  • ANVIS Handling & Focusing Procedures
  • Terrain Interpretation
  • Operation Specifications
  • Risk Assessment

Flight Training:

  • Normal Operations
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Inadvertent IMC
  • NVG Malfunctions
  • Transition from Aided to Unaided Flight
  • Special Operations
  • Snow Environment
  • Dust Environment

Specialized Training:

  • EMS Operations
  • Mission Training
  • Tactical & Law Enforcement Operations
  • NVG Firefighting
  • NVG Hoist
  • Special Operations
  • Recurrent Standard & Emergency Procedures

Training Locations

Standard Training programs are typically conducted in the customer's aircraft at their locations and facilities. This provides our customer the advantage of environment and terrain while significantly reducing personnel training costs (travel & per-diem) as well as scheduling challenges.

Ground and Flight Training is also available at our headquarters in Boise, Idaho, where on-site flight training is usually conducted in ASU aircraft (Bell 206 BIII or Cessna 206).