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Mon, Jan 05, 2009

Nivisys Night Vision Goggles Get FAA Certification For Civilian Use

Helmet Mount Adapts For Rotary Or Fixed-Wing Aviators

Here's an interesting gadget for the flyer who simply MUST have everything. Nivisys Industries, LLC, a manufacturer of Night Vision and Thermal technologies, tell ANN that they received the first FAA TSO-C164 approval for their NVAG-6 Night Vision Aviator Goggle.

The NVAG-6 consists of a lightweight binocular, which can be mounted to a variety of helmets using the mounting adapter and a power pack, and is available in versions designed to fit the helmets of helicopter or fixed-wing aviators.

Simple to operate, the system is powered by a dual-battery-compartment power pack that provides the pilot with immediate reserve power. This power pack uses either universally available AA alkaline batteries or standard military batteries.

Nivisys was the first company to apply for and receive this unique certification. This Technical Standard Order (C164) authorizes the recipient to produce and deliver Night Vision Goggles (NVG's) for use in the civil aviation community with FAA approval.

Gary Higman, Manager of Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Programs for Nivisys, was the primary driver within Nivisys for this endeavor. "Nivisys decided two years ago that aviation safety hinged on FAA approved NVG's and that Nivisys would be at the forefront." 

Higman continued, "Our efforts will provide the civil aviation community, including Law Enforcement, Medical Responders (EMS), and Search and Rescue Units with qualified and certified NVG's under the eyes of the FAA."

Nivisys' Senior Technical Applications Manager, Lee A. Stephens, noted that the certification process has been a 2 year effort that required cooperation between Nivisys and the FAA, as well as coordination with third party evaluators for independent validation and certification.

Stephens said, "Our certification process is unprecedented in this industry.  The Phoenix/Scottsdale FAA MIDO (Manufacturing Inspection District Office) was of great assistance and guidance with this undertaking.

"Nivisys has certified our NVAG-6 to the most stringent of electro-optical and environmental conditions which proved performance above and beyond that of RTCA DO-275, the governing performance specification for Night Vision Devices in civil aviation applications."

FMI: www.nivisys.com

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