July 2013




LaserArmor_PBG_34.jpgJuly issue of Night Vision Insights™ focus is to help enhance aircrew situational and self awareness through effective communication, assertiveness, leadership, decision making, and mission performance; better known as Operational Risk Management.




Highly reliable organizations all embrace a “doctrine,” meaning they all use a body of formal knowledge that guides operators on how to conduct business. It is the “intellectual glue” that holds together organizations as they perform their daily operations. The road to making good doctrine is not an easy one; it is full of stories of failure and success. To navigate this road, I submit to you “Operational Risk Management” (ORM).

Aviation companies orchestrate many hazardous acts as part of their daily routine, yet still they are generally considered as highly reliable. If they aren’t held in this regard then they rapidly cease to exist (either due to business forces or from miscalculations of physics). If you embrace the fact that aviation is hazardous, and you should, you must naturally endeavor to use a system to manage those hazards. If you don’t, then it is likely that the countdown to your accident has begun.

ORM teaches your organization how to be both procedural and creative. Although doctrine has a mandatory feel to it due to all of its embedded procedures, good doctrine also encourages creativity throughout all levels of the organization. The benefit of this creativity is realized when you successfully implement procedural changes using a deliberate process to analyze new or known hazards. ORM takes you to the end-state, which has you either accepting or declining the changes based on your “appetite for risk.”

Why the label “Operational”? Primarily because it relies upon the operators to provide continual inputs to not only each other but to the management as well. The process also requires the management to transparently express how they need the operators to embrace their doctrine to ensure the business is actually highly reliable. If you are highly reliable in aviation, just accept that your customers won’t necessarily call you that…they will simply call you “safe.”

Contributed by: Daniel Deutermann, Managing Director, The Squadron, Inc. 


Featured Product: ORM Training Course with The Squadron

  We are very pleased to announce that The Squadron has formed a strategic alliance with Night Flight Concepts to provide Operational Risk Management (ORM) training for organizations moving to NVG operations.

A critical part of establishing safe and effective NVG operations is the integration of appropriate risk management strategies and tools. Adam Aldous, the President and CEO of Night Flight Concepts, knows this only too well, and so approached The Squadron to deliver initial ORM training as part of the NVG solutions he is providing to his clients.

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A very effective and useful tool for aircrews to quantify risk and weigh their appetite for acceptable hazards is a tailored operational risk management worksheet. They can be found in many different formats and displayed on paper and/or electronic forms. Most important, the ORM tool must be tailored for the individual operator taking into account all of the stakeholders in the organization from administrative support, aircrews, maintenance, and management.





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Night Flight Concepts is pleased to announce an extended NVG inspection contract with Bell Helicopter. The Texas based Bell Helicopter manufactures a wide range of civil and military helicopters, as well as civil and military tilt-rotor craft.

“The extension of the inspection contract ensures the accuracy and dependability of our equipment and provides assurance that all NVG equipment will continue to operate at optimal performance,” said Chad Oakley, Chief Flight Instructor, Bell Training Academy.

Night Flight Concepts owns and operates a FAA approved Part 145 NVG Repair Station which gives them the authority to conduct and certify the air worthiness of the inspections and are authorized to remove and replace the parts of NVGs. Night Flight Concepts comprehensive NVG maintenance solutions include:

• 180-Day NVG Inspections
• Night Vision Goggle Equipment Repair
• OEM Endorsed Night Vision Goggle Maintenance Technician Training

“Night Flight Concepts is very excited to be continuing our relationship with Bell Helicopter,” stated David Luke, Night Flight Concepts Vice President. “Our maintenance and inspection programs have been created to support industry leaders, such as Bell, and allow our clients the assurance that their equipment will maintain at top-level performance.”

About Night Flight Concepts (

Night Flight Concepts assists organizations from around the globe, providing comprehensive night vision solutions featuring training, equipment, maintenance services, and consulting options.

Night Flight Concepts was formed in 2006 by experienced civil and U.S. Army aviators, maintenance technicians, and safety officers. The company has over 50 combined years of aviation experience and performed flight operations around the globe and in all environments.

Night Flight Concepts was formed to meet the challenging need and continuing growth of night vision goggle (NVG) operations within the United States and abroad, particularly for law enforcement agencies, air medical/rescue services, military organizations, and government task force agencies; our “First Responders.”

About Bell Helicopter

Founded in 1935 as Bell Aircraft Corporation, Bell Helicopter invented tilt rotor aircraft is now the world’s premier provider of vertical lift aircraft. These unique aircraft lift like a helicopter, then fly like an airplane with twice the speed, three times the payload and five times the range of traditional helicopters. Aerospace and aircraft will never be the same.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Bell Helicopter has additional plants in Amarillo, Texas and Mirabel, Canada, logistics supply and service centers in Europe, Canada, and Singapore as well as in the United States. Over its rich history, Bell has delivered more than 35,000 aircraft to customers around the world.

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