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Aero Dynamix Inc. (ADI), has announced its celebration of 25 years in business as one of the world’s industry experts of night vision compatible lighting solutions and modifications. “Every year since 1994, Aero Dynamix has continued to grow and expand our capabilities and expertise in becoming the leader and innovator for integrated NVIS and non-NVIS lighting solutions that we are today,” the company said.
ADI’s expertise is validated by the company’s solid portfolio of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals for its full vision illumination systems for both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. In fact, Aero Dynamix now holds over 35 multi-ship NVIS supplemental type certificates (STCs) covering over 40+ different aircraft model types. This is in addition to numerous European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other foreign STC validations is what makes ADI a leader in NVIS design, certification, and post-installation services.
Such an array of NVIS products and approvals explains why ADI’s lighting systems are in widespread use around the globe. Currently, ADI has certified more than 2,000 NVIS cockpits worldwide, all handled and supported through the company’s corporate structure with headquarters and manufacturing facilities located in Euless, Texas, and supporting networks around the world. ADI’s full-time staff encompasses the range of skills needed to supply our products by working through every aspect of night vision integration for customer aircraft, including; engineering, research and development, manufacturing, quality assurance, and certification.
Today, ADI supplies NVIS modifications for numerous OEM manufacturers such as Garmin, Honeywell, and most other major avionics companies, utilize and authorize their services. The company is so well-respected by these manufacturers that they continue to support their original warranties on this equipment after ADI has modified them. Take a second, and let that sink in: When have you ever heard of an OEM that does not void a warranty on its equipment once it has been opened up and altered by an aftermarket shop? The consistently high quality of ADI’s NVIS lighting modifications makes OEM acceptance possible.
Given its success in addressing NVIS illumination needs in both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, it has made sense for ADI to expand its product focus into all forms of illuminated aircraft panels. This includes both edge-lit panels (ELPs) and instrument panel overlays that improve a pilot’s instrument readability in aircraft ranging from small single engine civilian helicopters to large multi-engine military airplane models. In addition to this we also now manufacture complete panel assemblies for aviation and looking forward to expanding this capability in the future.
ADI is qualified by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for inclusion of ADI’s NVIS and non-NVIS panels on the military’s qualified products list number QPL-7788. Approval by DLA makes ADI an approved supplier of ELPs to the U.S. Department of Defense and other industry members, and ADI will always be looking for innovative ways to expand and support our customers in the future.