Sporty’s VFR Goggles are a New Take On an Old Idea

Constructed of pliable material, the VFR goggles fit snugly, with an adjustable elastic strap that won’t interfere with headsets. Sporty’s

You’re no doubt familiar with IFR training goggles, aka foggles, view-limiting devices that simulate flight in IMC. Sporty’s has introduced a new take on that idea with its VFR training goggles. Rather than blocking the view outside the airplane, Sporty’s VFR goggles were invented by a Sporty’s Academy flight instructor to keep primary students’ eyes off the flight instruments and out on the horizon, where they belong.

“There comes a point in flight training when students get hypnotized by gauges instead of looking outside the aircraft,” says Sporty’s vice president John Zimmerman. “Many instructors resolve to put a sectional chart over the panel in an effort to get students to look outside while practicing a maneuver. This is a better option.”

Another use for this training aid could be for emergency practice, such as a complete electrical failure at night or other scenarios in which the instruments become unreliable.

Either way, the VFR training goggles force pilots to focus on the external environment, a skill that can quickly erode due to an over-reliance on cockpit instruments.

The VFR training goggles are available at Sporty's for $12.95.

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