Pilots, aviators and flight crew-members flying fixed and rotary-wing aircraft that represent the various branches of the military, law enforcement and air medical transport are increasingly required to conduct a broad range of respective missions at night.
Many pilots and crew-members conduct air operations utilizing the latest Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging System (ANVIS) Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for night time operation. These operators typically use flight helmets of several variants to accommodate the requirements of their respective aircraft or branch. These helmets are designed and equipped with a mounting platform to facilitate the attachment of NVG via a helmet mount assembly that attaches to the front of the flight helmet or to the visor shroud depending on the model of helmet.
The standard ANVIS helmet mounts found in today’s market that support the interface from the NVG to the helmet are adequate for most flight operations, but are not robust. The standard helmet mounts and battery packs may become weak and require frequent replacement or maintenance service from ALSE technicians to repair broken components and/or pulled wires.
Failure to the electrical or mechanical interface between either the helmet mount or battery may shut down the NVG leaving the operator in the dark and may even compromise the success of the mission or safety of the pilot and crew.
Rugged Anvis Mount
The Rugged ANVIS Mount is designed and manufactured as a superior mount that provides a robust solution to address known problems with standard ANVIS mounts. The Rugged ANVIS Mount incorporates a stronger material, improved cable management and a more streamlined profile to ensure the mount will provide a rugged and secure base for the ANVIS NVG with less snagging or drag while providing the proper ANVIS mounting interface for flight helmets.
The major support components of the Rugged ANVIS Mount are machined from a stronger material instead of using thin injection molded pieces. As a result, the unit will withstand greater than 100 lbs of force on side impact, considerably more than most pilots or crew will require and more than 5(x) times of the standard mounts available. Also, the Rugged ANVIS Mount is designed with better cable management that routes all conductors through a single shielded cable until it enters the main support eliminating snag hazards and simplifying wiring. In addition, the routing mitigates the issue of wires pulling out of their contact points.
The Sidecar Rugged ANVIS Mount is designed to be utilized as a universal
ANVIS mount. No more need for Sidecar Mount Adapters for the ALPHA
Eagle/900 Series of flight helmets. The clearance of the sidecar Rugged ANVIS
Mount enables end users to interface NVG to any commercial flight helmet.
PFG NVG Fight Helmet Mounting Configuration 1
Configuration 1 – For use with Gentex SPH/HGU Visor Shroud and Alpha Rigid Visor Cover.
Allows current issue/standard ANVIS Mount to be used between SPH/HGU and Alpha Helmets.
See Figure 1: Remove the existing attach bracket and install the PFG Attach Bracket and Side Car Adapter. See Figure 2 below.
PFG Attach Bracket(MP01117SP)
PFG Side Car Adapter (SMCA)
Place PFG Side Car Adapter onto the PFG Attach Bracket as shown in figure 2.
Install the four key way studs through the PFG Attach Bracket and Side Car Adapter. Install the four locking screws and secure the ANVIS Mount power supply interface through the Side Car Adapter mounting bracket.
Configuration 1 shown above in Figure 4 prepared for mounting.
Mounting Configuration 1 shown attached to SPH/HGU Visor Shroud
Mounting Configuration 1 shown attached to Alpha Rigid Visor Cover
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