AVIDYNE ADDS NIGHT VISION GOGGLE (NVG) COMPATIBILITY OPTION FOR FMS SYSTEMS
NVG compatibility available on 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
“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
GNS500/530-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.
A brief tutorial video on connecting to the IFD is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/4BSNB8ebP9M
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.
For more information, contact:
Sr. Director, Marketing
Avidyne Heli/Fleet Sales