FLIR just added a new imager in the line up ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.
Resolution is 80 × 60 active pixels so I guess its to low res for a pilot camera at night. At least prices are coming down
FLIR Lepton® is a revolutionary longwave infrared (LWIR) imager that is ten times less expensive than traditional thermal cameras.
With a resolution of 80 × 60 active pixels, Lepton is bringing thermal imaging to a new generation of electronic devices for work, play, and mission-critical applications.
And Lepton is available in three models: 50° FOV w/o shutter, 25° FOV w/o shutter, and 50° FOV with a shutter for manual calibration.