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01/07/2012 2:07 PM  
I'm a Coast Guard pilot that does extensive NVG flying.  I'm looking for a small general-use flashlight to supplement my liplight for use in the cockpit (looking at charts, reading checklists, etc).  Something NVG friendly and small/dim enough that it won't be a nuisance in the cockpit.  Any suggestions?
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01/07/2012 2:29 PM  
I use the Surefire Aviator. It has two intensity levels..One bright white light for preflight (etc.) and a dimmer NVG compatible green light that works well for cockpit use. It's a quality light that comes with a lanyard so you can hang it around your neck.

Most LED or green lights should work well with NVGs. A finger light is another good option for maps and plates.

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01/07/2012 5:08 PM  
Without hesitation, check out the Stylus Streamlight series lights. They are only about $10.00 and come in multiple LED colors. The blue, green and UV are all NVG compatible. It is metal and designed as a pen so it will fit in the pen pocket located on the sleeves of flight suits. Below is a link for the product:

http://www.streamlight.com/product/class.aspx?cid=13

I fly with the Stylus Blue and UV: http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=52

I could not imagine flying at night without one

Dwaine
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01/07/2012 8:44 PM  
I use the Streamlight Sidewinder quite a bit. It clips over a seatbelt, fits on a helmet, or sits in a pocket very nicely. It has nvg capable light, and red, blue or green LED options at low lighting, as well as white light. It's small and compact, and holds up nicely.

I'm big on surefire lights, and I've had several streamlights fail me in the field. As a rule, I don't like them; especially the TwinTask series. Surefires I've used all over the world in some very demanding conditions, and they've always performed like a champ. I've never had one let me down, and they've been used and sorely abused.

They cost more, but they're well worth the price.

The Sidewinder lights, despite being Streamlights, have proven to be excellent, and I have one in my flight gear all the time.
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01/16/2012 11:42 PM  
Best cockpit light I have found by FAR. Princeton Tec Switch MPLS Military Light - Green/White LED / Black Body - MPLS-II-2-BK

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DGEMEG/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B005DGFE6G&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1FA6SBY5DV2BJTFS9BDR

It has dim green/bright green/white. I used the mount to clamp it to my helmet and it stows along the visor shield. Like it was made for us. Sorry about the no-clicky link. I don't see how to do it on JH.
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01/21/2012 7:18 AM  
These lights allow you to use as little light as needed. The other lights are just too bright and mess with the goggles and your night vision.

http://www.phantomlights.com/personal2.html
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01/22/2012 11:10 AM  
I purchased my NVG Green micro Photon light for both of my flight suits (civilian and CG Aux Aviator). They're small and clip on to the lanyard of the zipper.... Photon makes six (6) colors. The NVG Green is what you want. Perfect for our line of work! RP :)
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01/26/2012 9:01 AM  
nightvisionpen.com
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01/29/2012 9:29 PM  
I'm a heavy NVG user as well (Army 60s). Buy a green finger light. The phantom light is a good supplement too, but the green finger lights are hands down the best option.
I've got a good streamlight for general purpose lighting. A red/white headlamp for pre/post-flights. A blue led lanyard light on a retractable cord that hangs on my ALSE vest. A blue pen light in my sleeve and the green finger light for everything in flight.
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01/30/2012 6:52 AM  
Photon gave me a free NVG Green finger light when I purchased the micro light.... See if they have the special going. RP
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03/12/2012 11:11 AM  
My favorite combination:

NVG finger light:
http://brightguy.com/Photon/Photon+Freedom+Finger+Light

Any helmet NVG lip light

NVG compatible headlamp for preflight and working on scenes:
http://www.amazon.com/Petzl-E49-PNG-TacTikka-Headlamp/dp/B001F17358

I use the lip light and finger light in flight and turn console lighting way down. I keep the Petzl headlamp around my neck and when I'm out of the aircraft at an accident scene or whatever, I put it on my forehead to help with patients. It's also helpful to keep me from being run over by emergency vehicles.

I used to wear a lip light when I flew 60's on active duty, but am in the Guard now. The IP's at my new unit advise against the lip light in a tactical environment because I guess some dudes have gotten shot in the face coming into hot LZ's because if you forget to turn it off, you can see that thing from miles away. Can't argue with that logic, so I took it off my HGU-56. Don't think that should be a problem for Coast Guard though.

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05/13/2012 8:14 PM  
I just started TFO training with my office and I am shopping for a finger light. My question is, will "any" green LED light be ok to use with NVG's? I noticed some lights are less expensive and others that are more expensive state they use NVIS green A LED or a white LED with a special light filter. Do I need to spend the extra money on the specialized light or go with a standard green light?
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05/14/2012 12:10 AM  
Sig, Spend the money on quality, not filtering. Don't worry about the "specialized" NVG finger lights. I might say yes if it was a higher intensity flashlight to be used regularly in the cockpit, but a TFO's finger light will not be a problem as long as it is not red. I will say that not all finger lights are created equal and a LED light has additional advantages than just being NVG friendly. I would also recommend green, because it is NVG friendlier and easier on you biological night vision. Good luck with training!

www.airoperations.us
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05/15/2012 8:13 AM  
Thanks for the info. With what you said I'm also now considering the MPLS light as well. Thanks again for the reply.
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06/03/2012 8:22 PM  
Guys, thanks for all of the great suggestions!
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