NVG and FLIR Demonstrator

Flying at night with Night Vision Goggles (NVG) or thermal imagery (FLIR) is difficult, and pilots must be aware of the negative effects that synthetic vision has on their situational awareness. multiSIM developed a demonstrator that uses Virtual Reality (VR) to immerse pilots in realistic demonstrations of the various (negative) effects of NVG and FLIR.

The NVG effects can be demonstrated passively to non-pilots, like loadmasters, or actively to pilots while flying a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. multiSIM offers a variety of high-fidelity simulators of helicopters (e.g. AH-64, CH-47, AS532) and fixed wing aircraft (e.g. F-35, F-16, PC-7).

multiSIM’s NVG and FLIR demonstrator familiarizes the trainees with the aeromedical aspects of Night Vision Devices as clarified in STANAG 7147.

NVG Effects

While flying a simulated aircraft, or while moving through a simulated rear cabin, the following night vision effects that might hamper human performance are demonstrated (amongst others):

  • Dark vs. bright night (1, 5, 10 millilux, full moon)
  • Limited field-of-view
  • Cockpit and aircraft lighting
  • Cultural lighting and halos
  • Hover and flight above water
  • Sky glow
  • Shadows in mountainous terrain
  • Formation flight
  • Spotting traffic
  • Black hole approach
  • Stroboscope effects

Reduced costs with VR

Our VR solution can be embedded in full-flight simulation, and offers effective training at significantly reduced costs.