The Astronics Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System (EVS) is now installed on 2,500 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Astronics Corp. announced this week at NBAA 2017. It provides pilots with improved situational awareness and safety by enabling them to see more precisely during day or night in adverse weather conditions such as haze, smoke, smog and light fog.
At night, pilots can also see and avoid clouds for a smoother flight with the system. While landing, pilots using the Max-Viz EVS can identify the runway and view the terrain clearly to avoid wildlife and unlit obstructions.
Of 2,500 installed systems, 60 percent are fitted on fixed-wing GA aircraft and 40 percent on helicopters.
“Astronics Max-Viz is thrilled to pass this milestone and anticipates that our device will become even more recognized throughout the industry as a vital component of flight safety," said Tom Geiger, business unit manager.
A recent FAA ruling permitting properly equipped aircraft to fly certain IFR approaches to landing in lieu of natural vision should drive additional acceptance of the EVS technology, Geiger added.