FLIR Maker Targets General Aviation Market

 - December 10, 2007, 9:29 AM

Forward Vision, a Florida company that specializes in infrared technology for aviation and marine applications, reports that it has been holding talks with a number of aircraft OEMs to gauge interest in a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera system that currently sells for a list price of just under $20,000.

Since introducing the non-certified version of the product last summer at the AirVenture airshow, the company said it has sold 106 systems to homebuilders, who have been fitting the pod-mounted cameras to the undersides of wings and connecting them to cockpit displays.

Next Forward Vision hopes to develop a certified version without significantly raising the price. The company has held discussions with Cirrus, Piper and Adam Aircraft and plans this month to meet with Robinson Helicopter and the Los Angeles Police Department, according to Steve Young, president of Aerocomp, the parent company of Forward Vision in Merritt Island, Fla.