ConsoliteConsolite Technology has recently carried out an evaluation role in the Night Vision Goggle Flight Trials for HMS Queen Elizabeth. This work follows multiple Harbour Trials carried out on the ship by Consolite to reduce risk.

A Mk II Merlin from 820 Sqn was used to perform multiple approaches and perimeter views of the RN’s new aircraft carrier at night. The NVG images were captured on a specially formatted system using Consolite’s NVGs. The resulting imagery was evaluated by the Consolite Team and a report submitted to the RN.

Any flight over water at night requires aircrew and passengers to complete Dunker Training, in this case at the Under Water Escape Training (UWET) Unit at RNAS Yeovilton. The trainee must be able to escape from an aircraft underwater, upside down, in the dark from a belted position in the aircraft. The training was familiar to those Consolite staff who had been involved in approaches to Invincible Class ships on Chinook and Sea King.