Max-Viz, the Oregon company whose only product is forward-looking infrared (IR) enhanced-vision systems (EVS), came to NBAA’06 riding a rising tide of interest in EVS.
Forward Vision of Russell, Pa., is working on a King Air 90 STC for its low-cost infrared enhanced vision system, according to company co-owner Patrick Farrell. Its EVS uses an uncooled barium-strontium-titanate infrared sensor that is immune to heat and sun damage.
Chelton Flight Systems (Booth No. 5184) and Kollsman, Inc. (Booth No. 3047) have announced a collaboration to combine Chelton’s synthetic-vision EFIS and Kollsman’s general aviation vision system (GAViS) technologies in products that will target a market ranging from light trainers to small and medium-size business aircraft.
AirCell displayed at the NBAA Convention the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess satcom system for business jets. With the wireless function enabled, Axxess provides an 802.11bg wireless hotspot aboard the airplane.
“We’re changing the game in how enhanced vision is brought to the market,” said Adrienne Stevens, president of L-3 Avionics Systems, introducing the company’s low-cost forward-looking infrared imaging system, called IRIS.
Since 1999, the North American aero-medical transport industry, particularly its helicopter EMS community, has become increasingly introspective regarding an accident rate it sees as excessive and has focused its attention on night flights and operations in reduced visibility, which constitute a large portion of mishaps. An area of special interest is wider use of technologies to enhance and amplify the visual capabilities of pilots.
An Australian company has developed a new searchlight that can illuminate a greater area from a longer distance, yet which is claimed to offer significant weight and cost advantages over the current industry standard. It is being launched here at Heli-Expo (Booth 4002).
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins and Max-Viz of Portland, Ore., have teamed to begin flight tests aboard an FAA aircraft of a guidance system integrating synthetic vision and an infrared enhanced vision system (EVS). They expect the guidance system will validate and complement synthetic vision databases and displays to provide a high level of “ground truth” and eventually enable approaches in very low visibility.
Four-year-old Max-Viz of Gig Harbor, Wash. (Booth No. 1577), is here at Heli-Expo promoting its EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system for helicopters.
The new mobile camera radio (MCR) from Microwave Radio Communications of North Billerica, Mass., is making its debut at Heli-Expo Booth No. 2901.