Night-vision goggles OK’d for civilian use
Nivisys Industries received the first FAA TSO-C164 approval for its NVAG-6 night-vision aviator goggle. According to Nivisys, it is the first night-vision goggle (NVG) manufacturer to apply for and also first to receive FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval. “Nivisys decided two years ago that aviation safety hinged on FAA-approved NVGs,” said Gary Higman, manager of law enforcement and homeland security programs for Nivisys.
The NVAG-6 consists of a lightweight helmet-mountable binocular and a power pack with a dual-battery-compartment that provides reserve power. The power pack runs on AA alkaline batteries or standard military batteries. Nivisys certified the NVAG-6 to electro-optical and environmental criteria beyond those required under RTCA DO-275, the governing performance specification for night vision devices in civil aviation applications. Retail price is around $12,000.