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NVG compatibility added to IFD550, IFD545, IFD540, and IFD510 FMS systems as factory option, increasing safety and utility for helicopter operators flying missions under Night Vision Goggles.

Melbourne, FL. – February 6, 2024 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, announced today that they have added Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatibility as a factory option for their IFD550, IFD545, IFD540, and IFD510 (IFD5-Series) FMS systems.

“The helicopter segment is a growing market for Avidyne, and we continue to add new features to support our customers’ needs,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn. “We now offering NVG-compatibility, initially on our IFD5-Series with additional models to follow.”

“NVG compatibility is just the latest of a whole host of helicopter-specific functions we offer on Avidyne FMS systems—including helicopter approaches and helipad database, powerline database, an easy-to-use ‘hybrid touch’ user interface with both touch screen and knob-button control, radar altitude display, RS-170 video display, and wireless connectivity—providing Search & Rescue pattern import from Foreflight®,” said Ed Paulsen, Avidyne’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “The Avidyne IFD5-Series is an easy slide-in replacement option for customers with aging GNS-5XX series navigators, and this NVG option adds significant utility and safety enhancement for our helicopter customers.”

About NVG Compatibility

For helicopter operators whose missions require the use of night vision goggles, the ability to switch to NVG lighting is critical. This NVG mode uses special LEDs that change the spectral distribution of the backlighting—generally making reds and yellows much less bright while not affecting greens and blues—giving pilots operating under NVG the ability to view and operate the Avidyne FMS systems with optimal efficiency and accuracy.  During daylight and non-NVG night operation, the NVG lighting function can be switched back to normal setting.

Pricing & Availability

NVG compatibility is a $3,600.00 MSRP option and is currently available for the IFD550, IFD545, IFD540, and IFD510 (IFD5-Series), with other FMS models to follow.

Avidyne avionics systems can be purchased through authorized dealers and MROs. 

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and product design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of avionics systems for corporate, military, and owner-flown piston- and turbine-powered fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. Headquartered in Melbourne, FL, the company has additional facilities in Westerville, OH, and Concord, MA. 

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