Applied Avionics, Inc.
Applied Avionics, Inc. (fka Aerospace Optics Inc.) was incorporated in June of 1968 and got its start in avionics manufacturing by producing custom edge-lighted panels, knobs and annunciators for use in aircraft cockpits.
In the mid-to-late 1970’s, the company shifted its focus to the production of rugged high quality illuminated pushbutton switches. The company’s VIVISUN 99 incandescent illuminated pushbutton switch revolutionized aircraft crew station lighting with sunlight readability and MIL-PRF-22885 qualification for switches. It gained immediate acceptance as the standard in aircraft crew station lighting in both the military and commercial aircraft markets. The company was among the first to offer Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatibility in its switches during the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1983, Aerospace Optics had moved to a new 32,000 square-foot facility situated on a 15-acre campus in east Fort Worth, Texas.
In 1996, the company introduced the VIVISUN LED illuminated pushbutton switch. The VIVISUN LED switch integrated its signature sunlight readability with the reliability of the LED’s to provide customers with the best crew station illumination on all platforms and the highest reliability available in the industry today. The LED line was expanded again in 2008 with the offering of a larger rectangular 1 x 1.2 inch format switch especially suited for Master Caution / Master Warning applications. This larger switch is available with the same features and performance characteristics of our standard LED product lines.
NEXSYS Component Technology was introduced in 2010, allowing a variety of independent mix-and-match electronic components to be incorporated in a switch body or in a dedicated behind-the-panel NEXSYS Module. These components allow electrical system designers to maximize functionality while minimizing cockpit real estate, reducing installation labor, and simplifying the bill of material required. NEXSYS Component Technology allows virtually unlimited custom configurations that uniquely address the designer’s specific functional requirements.