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A simple break down of the technologies

show that NVG’s take ambient light (even very small amounts) available in the environment and amplify it to a level that creates a green scale image of the natural environment, and have been used in military / civilian applications for a number of years. EVS uses infrared technology, effectively looking at

the same

environmental condition from a thermal (or temperature differen- tial) standpoint, to create an image that appears very similar to the NVG image, only normally presented in a grey scale presenta- tion. Because these two technologies look at the same environment from two different points in the electro-magnetic spectrum, they can present a very different interpretation in any given situation … therein lies the principal differences and capabilities of NVG and EVS. Night Flight Concepts (NFC) and Max-Viz

Inc. (MV) have been in relative competition for many years, each gaining high ground in their respective

fields through innovation and market

saturation. However, each recently came to the realization that it was foolish to compete with technologies that so appropriately and effectively complemented one another. In any given situation, one or the other technology may provide imagery that the other does not, or a different visual imag- ing aspect of the same situation can present the


neither individual technology was

answering the visual needs of the industry to the same level that they could pro- vide together. OK … here comes the tricky part … as competitor’s, open- ing this kind of dialog is pretty sensitive when considering that you have to open up a little to understand one another better. As

competitor’s, that isn’t an

easy thing to do so rather than taking a hundred lawyer hours to drum up some sort of


feely NDA type of document, we just jumped in with both feet to a dialog that we quickly found to be nearly identical in philosophi- cal vision, regardless of who was writ-

ing or talking at a given time. Philosophy 101 …. Did we find imme-

diate synergy between our two technologies

pilot with tremendous analytical data.

That ability to dis-

criminate very subtle differences in the environment from a visual vice thermal aspect at the same point in time presents a capability that is not adequate- ly recognized within the industry, or the regulators for that matter. A simple e-mail and phone call began the

process between NFC and MV where we were able to set aside personal pride or corporate sen- sitivities to come to a cooperative understanding

(yes), and from a vision standpoint was aviation safety the primary driving force behind our sales and marketing initiatives (yes) …. move on to how we would conceptualize the possibility of working together. Once we cooperatively came to the realiza-

tion that our separate visions were so similar, it was a natural step to develop a cooperative strategic alliance, where each company maintained its autonomy (there is no fiscal relationship or busi- ness partnership involved).

It made sense in our

individual marketing and sales activities to actively promote the fact that a combination of the two technologies (NVG and EVS) are far more effec- tive in mitigating risk and avoiding IIMC and CFIT occurrences than either technology by itself. Since we have each been fielding questions and recognizing the other technology’s capabilities for years, the ability to present a synergized “better and safer” offering option was a very natural step for both organizations. NFC has been a Premier NVG solution

provider of new NVG techniques and procedures to the civil industry since 2006. They provide con- ventional NVG training to pilots, non-pilot crewmembers, and maintenance technicians through affiliate training centers in both the US and Canada. NFC is an FAA Approved Part 145 NVG Repair Station capable of issuing FAA form 8130 to TSO and non-TSO NVGs. Recently, NFC and strategic partner Gladstone Aerospace Corporation (GAC) introduced NVIO™, a NVG computer based train- ing (NVG) program. NVIO is a state-of-the-art


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