NBAA Convention News

Max-Viz EVS sees more clearly

 - September 24, 2007, 1:42 PM

Enhanced-vision system (EVS) manufacturer Max-Viz is in Atlanta this week at Booth No. 1501 unveiling three new systems, including an application of its dual-sensor system integrated with Rockwell Collins’ head-up display (HUD) on the Boeing Business Jet for landing credits.

Two of the three new products from the Portland, Ore. area EVS house are physically identical to current Max-Viz EVS-1000 (single-sensor) and EVS-2000 (dual-sensor) products, but with greatly improved performance and functionality, according to Jim Tuttle, Max-Viz president and CEO. The third new product, the EVS-100 system, targets the owner-flown fixed-wing piston, light turboprop and helicopter markets and features a lightweight (1.5 pound) IR sensor/camera that can be mounted on the aircraft just like an antenna.

The EVS-1500 is an addition to the existing EVS-1000 line that is now STC’d and flying on more than 150 helicopters and corporate jets. It features pilot-selectable dual field of view, with optical zoom between wide angle and telephoto. The wide angle gives maximum peripheral visibility and is particularly helpful in clearing landing sites from a safe distance for rotary-wing operators. The zoom feature offers early runway acquisition and detection of incursions during takeoff and landing while allowing helicopter pilots to detect hard-to-see obstacles sooner. Tuttle said more than 45 current EVS-1000 STCs are being modified to accept the EVS-1500 system.

A derivative of the EVS-2000 currently certified on the Cessna Citation X, the second new product is the EVS-2200 with triple sensor fusion for full HUD with synthetic vision integration. “Its offshoot, the EFVS-2100,” said Tuttle, “was selected by Rockwell Collins for HUD integration for landing credits on the BBJ.”

The company also announced this week the first EVS supplemental type certificate awarded by the FAA in Alaska, issued to Max-Viz and One Sky Aviation of Anchorage.