Consolite Technology played a part in the evaluation of the Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Flight Trials for the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth after Consolite carried out multiple Harbour Trials on the ship to reduce risk.
The trial included flying at low levels over the sea -- sideways and at night -- to a moving target with the side door open. The NVG images were captured on a specially formatted system using Consolite’s NVGs while a MK II Merlin performed multiple approaches and perimeter views of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier at night. The Consolite team evaluated the resulting imagery and submitted a results report to the Royal Navy.
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 Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton. The trainee must be able to escape from an aircraft underwater, upside down and in the dark from a belted position in the aircraft. The training was familiar to the Consolite staff who had been involved in approaches to Invincible Class ships on the Chinook and Sea King. The Consolite staff also took Short Term Air Supply System (STASS) training that allows unlimited hours in RN aircraft.
Consolite will perform a similar service for the evaluation of the Tide Class tankers later this year.