Astronics is forging ahead after purchasing enhanced vision system (EVS) maker Max-Viz in early August and recently signed an installation agreement with Hawker Beechcraft. Under the agreement, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support will have the opportunity to install Max-Viz infrared EVS in any King Air equipped with an MFD that can display video images, according to Astronics president and CEO Peter Gundermann.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support and Max-Viz expect the FAA to issue the STC for installation of the Max-Viz EVS-1500 enhanced vision system for the Hawker 750 through 900 this month. Hawker Beechcraft is also offering the EVS-1500 for buyers of new Hawker 900XPs. Installations for the Hawker 750 through 900 series will be done at Hawker Beechcraft Services factory-owned service centers. In the Hawker jets, EVS-1500 delivers infrared imaging to Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 MFDs as well as video-capable EFBs and, using a video distribution amplifier, passenger monitors.
Max-Viz said an STC approval for its EVS-1500 enhanced vision system in Hawker business jets is close at hand. According to the avionics company, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support’s program for installation of the EVS-1500 on Hawker 750s, 800s, 850s and 900s will be STC’d by next month. Installations through Hawker Beechcraft Services’ factory-owned service centers will require three to four days of downtime, Max-Viz told AIN. The EVS-1500 will also be a factory option on new 900XPs.
Helijet has selected Max-Viz EVS-1500 infrared enhanced vision systems for three Sikorsky S-76s used in EMS operations. “Air Ambulance flight crews are reporting that not only can they see terrain features and man-made structures at night, but they are seeing fog and cloud formations and concentrations of precipitation during the day enabling them to pick safer routes ahead,” said Helijet chief pilot Brendan McCormick. According to Max-Viz (Booth No.
Max-Viz and Vancouver-based Helijet cooperatively installed the Max-Viz EVS-1500 enhanced vision system on three Sikorsky S-76 helicopters supporting EMS operations under contract with the British Columbia government. The recently added EVS avionics will allow pilots to avoid inadvertent IMC, day or night, in addition to improving crew situational awareness by depicting terrain features and man-made structures at night. These features will enable crews to choose safer routes, Helijet said.
Lexavia Integrated Systems expected to receive its first supplemental type certificate (STC) for an enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Eurocopter AS355 around the end of last year.
Transport Canada awarded type certification to Esterline CMC’s CMA-2700 enhanced vision system (EVS) sensor on November 18. The CMA-2700, part of CMC’s SureSight family, is paired with head-up guidance systems made by Rockwell Collins.
Hawker Beechcraft is offering installation of Max-Viz EVS-1500 infrared enhanced vision systems (EVS) for the Hawker 750, 800, 850 and 900 series.
Elbit Systems of America’s Kollsman Commercial Aviation announced at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas that flight testing of its second-generation, enhanced-vision system, EVS II, is in progress on a Boeing 777 and that certification flight test of a new Kollsman head-up display (HUD) for the Bombardier Challenger 604 is about to commence.
A new entrant to the infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) market, Lexavia, is about to receive FAA certification of its first camera/display installation, on a Eurocopter AS355 TwinStar law-enforcement helicopter. Chuck Crompton, business development director for the Pensacola, Fla.-based integrated systems house, said the STC will soon be followed by several others.