Tue, Aug 01, 2006
First 100 Buyers Get $5,000 Off
At AirVenture 2006, Forward Vision president Patrick S. Farrell
-- whose company builds a FLIR (forward looking infrared radar, a
night vision system for airplanes) made several announcements --
the most surprising being is that Forward Vision is dropping the
cost of their units by $5000, bringing the non-installation cost of
their units down to $9,995 for the first 100 buyers.
Farrell says the company is willing to take a loss on their
first 100 sales in order to help integrate their system into the
general aviation market... and prove the viability of their product
in real world settings.
Other Forward Vision announcements include:
- A newly designed external pod that is now easier to
- The FLIR monitor will now accept a GPS overlay.
- Their system now has a self-contained power source enabling
users two hours of sustained use after the loss of electrical
- Their engineers are rapidly completing the technology to record
the last 30 minutes of flight data to a compact-flash
"We believe that the Forward Vision system will be the next
piece of the safety puzzle," stated Farrell (below). "If you look
at the (general aviation) accident records, enhanced infrared
vision systems such as Forward Vision's addresses the number one,
two, three and four causes for general aviation accidents. We can't
stop stall-spin accidents, but we can turn night into day. We're
going to help the pilots that have an engine out after dark and
need to find a place to land. We're doing our best to limit runway
incursions and other similar events."
When questioned as to why a pilot should fly with the Forward
Vision system over any other brand on the market, Mr. Farrell
responded, "there isn't anyone else in the market. Our system is
(driven by) a BST sensor. It operates day or night. It's immune to
damage from heat or sunlight. All the other systems on the market
are vulnerable to sunlight."
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