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ION: Full-featured geospatial video recorder for utility inspection

ION provides utility inspection operators with a full-featured, HD video recorder with the ability to simultaneously record multiple channels of video, audio, and metadata in one, compact, easy-to-use unit. Operators can overlay the locations of pipelines, power lines, and more on live video and easily mark locations of interest in the recorded video.

ION is built on the foundation of Churchill Navigation’s industry-leading airborne mission management systems. Currently used in over 250 airborne platforms worldwide, every one of Churchill Navigation’s products come backed by a company that understands your mission.

  • Mark GPS locations of interest during patrols.
  • Use inexpensive SD or USB memory to capture hours of HD quality video with metadata.
  • Never miss the action – ION’s configurable record buffer captures video prior to the record button being pressed.
  • Playback and review while recording. See something and want a closer look? Pause and replay while you are still recording.
  • Designed to work with any video source or gimbal.
  • Capture recordings with GPS position information that can be integrated with
  • Use ION to output video to any compatible cockpit display. Show active recordings, playback and review video, display moving maps, etc. 

Lots of features. Compact design.

Thanks to its versatile and rugged design, ION can be mounted into any aircraft configuration, flying any type of mission that requires video recording.

Ideal for panel or console-mounted “slide-in” installations, ION provides the crew with everything they need to control video recordings in one consolidated piece of onboard technology. The 5 inch (127 mm) DZUS rail mount design common among nearly all panel-mounted avionics, means that unused panel or console space can be productive again when you install ION.

Technical drawing showing ION's compact design Mounting in an equipment or avionics bay? No problem for ION – we’ll even help you customize your installation setup to meet your needs.

Tested to hold up against rigorous DO-160 standards, ION can take the punishment, vibration, and environmental challenges of even the toughest installations.

Built with a modular design in mind, multiple ION units can be stacked for an almost limitless number of recording options.

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Go Ahead, Press Record

Recording Time Infographic

You shouldn’t have to miss the action because you were worried about saving precious drive space. ION uses consumer-grade, off the shelf, class 4 (or higher) SD and USB memory — It’s easy and inexpensive to acquire. Recording roughly 4GB of high definition video per hour, ION can record one or several missions to low-cost, highly portable media meaning you won’t break the bank while recording the bank robbery!

ION’s recordable media drives are hot-swappable and expandable up to and beyond 1TB. So, go on, record whatever you want, whenever you want.

We’re passionate about making you look great

At Churchill Navigation, we take our relationship with every customer very seriously. That’s why we offer unrivaled customer service and support. We know that your mission demands your full attention so why worry about software updates or equipment support contracts?

Never pay for support or product updates again.


With ION you get:

  • 3 year hardware warranty
  • 1 year money-back guarantee
  • 24 hour replacement for USA customers, expedited shipping worldwide
  • Free support and software updates

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