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Chopper spotted flying around Toowoomba with its lights off

Toowoomba residents may have been wondering why our RACQ CareFlight Rescue chopper was flying around last night with its lights on and off while landing in a nearby field over and over again.

While it may have appeared strange to some, it was a very important exercise for our pilots.

They were being trained how to use state-of-the-art Night Vision Goggles.

To ensure our service remains world-class, we have installed Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) in our fleet of rescue helicopters.

Helicopter pilots rely on visual information to avoid weather, obstacles and terrain and to manage control of an aircraft’s orientation.

NVGs help the pilots and crew at night as they identify rural landing sites and avoid obstacles that can come up during a mission.

They were running the exercises from 6pm last night (Tuesday 15 March) until about 11.30pm.

The crew were kept busy because directly after the training they were tasked to a mission at approximately 2am.

A 56 year old male was suffering a cardiac condition and needed to be airlifted from Warwick Hospital to the PA Hospital.

He was treated by our crew and transferred in a stable condition.

Just another day in the life of our dedicated RACQ CareFlight air-medical staff!