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FEATURED PRODUCT
The Many Faces Of Thermal Imaging
For Rotorcraft Professionals
By David Lee
Thermal imaging cameras have been
Background
turning gas lighthouse and buoy lights on
helping pilots see at night for over thirty when the sun went down and off when the
years. Most commonly associated with Technologies using thermal energy sun came up.
military and law enforcement applica- have been around for quite a while. Over a The development of thermal imaging
tions, a much wider cross-section of to- hundred years ago Swedish scientists dis- (also called FLIR for forward looking in-
day’s professional rotorcraft pilots have covered that they could use thermal sens- frared), began in the years following
access to this life-saving technology. ing technology as an automated tool for World War II in an effort to develop ad-
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