Updated: Friday, 02 Dec 2011, 3:45 AM EST
Published : Friday, 02 Dec 2011, 3:45 AM EST
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Lutheran Air has a new tool to make nighttime flying a little safer.
The crew now has as a set of night vision goggles. The goggles enhance visibility by magnifying available light.
The equipment will help pilots and crew members to better detect hazards like utility poles, trees, and fences.
Pilots said the view from the goggles is not normal, but could save lives.
"If anyone were to want to see what night vision goggles look like, take two toilet paper tubes, cover the ends with green cellophane and look through them. That's pretty much the image you're going to get. But, with that, these are extremely capable of enhancing the light upwards of about two to four thousand times," said lead pilot Rex Alexander.
Parkview Health's Samaritan flight crews also have night vision goggles.