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.
“Poor judgment” and “overconfidence” on the part of the pilot caused the January 14 accident of a King Air A90 near Lake Point, Utah, according to the NTSB’s final report. The airplane was in IMC and returning from a skydiving flight when it crashed, killing the pilot and all eight parachutists. The airplane had been stripped of all avionics except for one transceiver and a handheld GPS receiver.
Laval, Ontario-based Amphitech International received a limited STC for its Oasys helicopter obstacle avoidance radar as installed aboard the Bell 212. Oasys can penetrate fog, rain, smoke and haze to alert helo crews of potential dangers such as power lines, towers, buildings, terrain, trees and air traffic. Work on an STC authorizing Oasys installation aboard Eurocopter AS 350s is under way.
Wilson, Ore.-based FLIR Systems bills its EVS3 as a “compact thermal imager built for
the general aviation industry.” A company representative said the system will sell for “under $15,000,” and added, “It uses a high-resolution infrared detector to create real-time imagery with increased image uniformity and clarity.”
Canada’s CMC Electronics, the former Canadian Marconi, reported it has completed a second set of flight trials of its enhanced vision system, which uses a small infrared camera to capture a real-world view outside and ahead of the airplane and overlay it on a HUD.