March 2019 Issue

IFR Training Hoods: ViBAN, Overcasters Top

Choose for personal comfort and compatibility with eyeglasses. Our market scan proved there's plenty of variability in fit, form and comfort.

The FAA calls them view-limiting devices, or VLDs, but we call them hoods. The concept is simple: In visual conditions simulate instrument conditions by restricting the pilot's view to only the instrument panel and nothing outside. Who among us, however, hasn't had "the hood" on and still snuck a peak outside? So, no matter how much it restricts your vision to the sides, you can always turn your head just that little bit and get a fleeting glimpse of the visual world beyond the instrument panel.

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