Aero Dynamix (Booth 9961) now offers a new Robinson R44 instrument panel lighting system that is compatible with night vision goggles (NVG). Under the FAA supplemental type certificate (STC), ADI performs internal avionics modifications including a white LED-overlay night vision imaging system (NVIS) and modification of the original-equipment engine-instrument cluster.
“The NVG LED overlay provides optimal NVG and night lighting by providing NVIS-compatible lighting for the engine gauges,” said Tonka Hufford, ADI COO, “while also enhancing the basic gauge readability due to the very white light being produced.”
“This is also true for the NVIS white LED modification of the OEM engine cluster,” she said. The R44 STC update averages about $30,000, depending upon final configuration, she added. Growth of the R44 market prompted ADI to develop the STC.
Over the course of more than 20 years, ADI has acquired 34 NVG cockpit STCs applicable to more than 40 different aircraft types. Regulatory approvals have been granted worldwide by regulatory authorities in Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil. The modifications are also certified by the Defense Logistics Agency for MIL-DTL-7788 illuminated panels.
Based in Euless, Texas, ADI employs about 100 people for engineering, research and development, manufacturing, quality assurance and certification. Modifications do not void warranties by Garmin, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Universal Avionics and other avionics manufacturers.