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Astronics Max-Viz Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) are designed for turbine and piston, fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The systems use infrared sensors, signal processing, and advanced cockpit displays to show terrain, runways, taxiways, aircraft and obstacles in poor visibility conditions, including light fog, haze, smoke, smog, light precipitation and darkness all within a package that is compact, lightweight, reliable and affordable. 

Max-Viz EVS are manufactured to the same high standards used on other systems made by AgustaWestland, Textron (Bell Helicopter, Beechcraft, Cessna), Boeing, Bombardier, CASA, Canadair, Cirrus, Dassault, Eurocopter, Gulfstream, Learjet, Pilatus, Piper, Robinson Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft.

About Astronics Max-Viz

History

Astronics Max-Viz came into being in 2001 as a result of two inventions that allowed for the creation of a small, lightweight design for EVS that could be deployed onto commercial and general aviation aircraft.

The first invention was an uncooled focal plane array developed by Honeywell (called a microbolometer) that could detect thermal infrared radiation, did not require a cryogenic cooling system (as conventional systems required in the 1990s) and could convert the electromagnetic thermal impulses into signals that could be displayed on a monitor. The second invention was a patented system to fuse video images from multiple sources developed by Dr. J. Richard Kerr (one of the original founders of Max-Viz). This invention enabled signals from a visible light source to be combined with the signals from an infrared source (like the Honeywell focal plane array mentioned above) and present a picture effectively "turning night into day".  Max-Viz licensed the microbolometer design from Honeywell for use in aviation and initially licensed the fusion patent (developed by Dr. Kerr) from FLIR Systems. In 2012, the company was acquired by Astronics Corporation as a wholly owned subsidiary.

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Distributors

Max-Viz EVS systems for Business Aircraft, Helicopters and General Aviation are available from an extensive list of OEMs, MROs and Factory Authorized dealers and specialists that includes the most respected names in the industry. Capabilities include EVS sales, installation, training and long-term product support. Contact Sales for additional information.
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Installations

The following is a list of aircraft that have installed Max-Viz Enhanced Vision Systems.  If you don't see your aircraft listed, we are always working on new airframes to be added to the list.  Leave us your contact information and we will let you know when one is available.

AgustaWestland TC and STC

  •  Augusta A109, A, All, C, K2 E, S, A119, MKII, A109, A119
  • Augusta AW-139

 Airbus Helicopter STC

  • Airbus EC130B4, AS350B,B1, B2, B3, BA, C, D, D1

  • Airbus EC1351, P1, P2+,T1,T2,T2+,P2+

 Bell Helicopter STC

  • Bell 206A, 206B,206L,206L1,206L3,206L4,407

  • Bell 222,222B, 222U, 230,430

Cessna Service Bulletin and STC

  • Cessna Single Engine SEB-34-0

Model                             Applicable Serial Number

127R                                    17281593 and On

172S                                     172S11127 and On

182T                                     18282306 and On

T182T                                   T18209048 and On

206H                                     20608329 and On

  • Cessna Caravan C-208

  • Cessna piston AML STC

172, 172A, 172B, 172C, 172D, 172E, 172F, 172G, 172H 172I, 172K, 172L, 172M, 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172R, 172S182, 182A, 182B, 182C, 182D, 182E, 182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182S, 182T, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N, 182P, 182Q, 182R, R182, T182, TR182, T182T,206, U206, U206A, 206H, U206B, U206C, U206D, U206E, U206F, U206G, TP206A, TP206B, TP206C, T206H, TP206D, TP206E, TU206A, TU206B, TU206C, TU206D, TU206C, TU206E, TU206F, TU206G – (non-pressurized models only)

210, 210A, 210B, 210C, 210D, 210E, 210F, T210F, 210G, T210G, T210H, 210J, T210J, 210K, T210K, 210L, T210L, 210M, T210M, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, 210-5 (205), 210-5A (205A) – (non-pressurized models only)

Cessna-421C** 

Cirrus TC and STC

  • SR-20, SR-22

Falcon Jet STC

  • Falcon 50,900B, 900EX, 2000, 2000EX STC available through Duncan Aviation

 Global Express  STC

  • Global Express  STC available through ABC completions

 Gulfstream STC

  • Gulfstream GIII, GIV, GV*

 King Air STC  More....

  • King Air C90GT, C90Gt

  • King Air B200, B200C, B200CT, B200T, B200GT, B200CGT

  • King Air B300 and B300C

 Pilatus PC-12 STC

  • Pilatus PC-12, PC-12/45,PC-12/47, PC-12/47E

 Robinson R44 STC

 Sikorsky STC

  • S-76A,B, C, C+,C++

 Special use, Canadian LSTCs and one time use STCs

  • Bell Cobra

  • Boeing  767,737

  • Canadair CL-215, CL-414

  • CASA 235

  • Dornier 328

 

Footnotes:

*   STC will require a display amendment

** STC being amended for part number change

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Testimonials

Max-Viz is the leader in Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for a wide range of applications. For 15 years, we have deployed EVS to many satisfied customers.

 

“Perspective EVS adds another dimension of safety to night operations. This complements and builds on Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology – which shows what SHOULD be there… now Perspective EVS shows you what is REALLY there.”

-Former Cirrus Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier 

“I could have used your Max-Viz system a couple of days ago. We departed for the rigs with 500 OVC and ½ mile in mist and fog, but the rigs were reporting clear. About 10 minutes later the airfield closed with 300 – 500 foot lateral visibility and 100 foot VV. Approaching the rigs we went lower and lower until at about 200 feet all we could see was the water. We approached the rigs on radar and began to see them at ¾ to ½ mile, but the fog/mist was blowing in waves so it was ‘now you see it, now you don’t.’ Needless to say we sat on deck for about six hours until the field went VFR.”

-Excerpt from a CHC AW-139 Pilot 

“This obvious increase in operational efficiency, situational awareness and flight safety should make this system a “must have” for aerial firefighting operations.”

-Excerpt from Tim Shaw, Avionics Manager, Rocky Mountain Aircraft  (Rocky Mountain Testimonial)

“The Max-Viz EVS-600 system, mounted under the left wing, displayed an image of what it could see ahead that I couldn’t. In fact, when we landed we were able to see a deer crossing the runway that would have been virtually impossible to see in the dark without the EVS.”

-Tom Benenson, Flying Magazine

“I made a missed approach into Teterboro, NJ and had to divert to Newark on a low overcast day. After landing in Newark at minimums, I turned off the runway and the heavy fog settled in making the visibility close to zero zero. Although the EVS enabled me to see the taxiway edges, I still could not see that far in front of the aircraft. As I continued to taxi, I referenced the EVS once again and noticed four bright white glows just as I was about to taxi into the tail of a 747.”

-Douglas Spicer, Chief Pilot, Cair Management 

“We are based in the mountains and fly all over the country on charter business, therefore safety is the main reason why we had the Max-Viz EVS installed in our Lear 60. You can see everything with this system – it is incredible and we use it every day. There is one small airport in particular that we frequent in Texas and there are always deer on the runway. Now, we’ll be able to see them on approach.”

-Steve Garmin, Chief Pilot, Sun Valley Air 

“Inbound to Salem, OR their weather went below minimums so I was diverted to Portland were the visibility was fluctuating between RVR 1600 and 2200 under a thick fog layer. Things were happening pretty fast as I set up for the new approach during vectors to the ILS. As I turned on final and entered the fog I turned on the Max-Viz and immediately had the runway in clear view even though the RVR was still at minimums. Because there was still a possibility of a go around if the visibility went down again, it was very comforting to be able to see the runway clearly through the fog and complete the approach with confidence. A few weeks later I was flying an aircraft without Max-Viz but could really have used it. Landing to the north at McCall, ID the south end of the runway was clear but the north half of the airport was literally zero zero in fog. I touched down with no problem but entered the fog on rollout and was in a complete whiteout which made taxiing to the ramp very tricky and unsafe. Max-Viz would have been a great help.”

-Tom Halvorson, Director of Charter Operations (PC-12) 

“Saturday night I flew a charter where I went into Trophy Lake Golf Course (went in at 8 PM w/daylight) and departed at 10:30PM with a new bride and groom. When it was time to depart it was drizzling, dark and very minimal ground or sky illumination and lots of tall trees. The site I chose to land at had a nice departure route down the 18th fairway, but the EVS was extremely beneficial to the safe departure. I was able to make a max. performance climb with the fairway straight ahead, the tall trees on either side and the small lake under the my initial climb. I had along with me the chief pilot for Silver State Helicopters (Tacoma branch) in the copilot’s seat and he was absolutely amazed how the EVS performed. They were going to use one of their helicopters, but chose to defer the mission to our Bell 206. He later said the combination of good instrumentation and turbine power, etc. made for a much more comfortable and safe departure. The EVS was awesome! I wish I had a video. Just before departure I checked wx with the FSS and Bremerton airport was 8000′ ceiling and BFI 7000′ ceiling with good visibilities, but we could not easily tell if the ceiling was high at Trophy Lake from the ground. About 700′ agl after takeoff the EVS indicated we would be entering possible IMC, so we stopped the climb and turned towards the Bremerton city lights, and about 1 minute later were able to climb to 2000′ without a problem. The EVS assisted us in staying out of IMC weather, because the clouds showed up so well on the display. It’s ability to keep us over the centerline of the fairway and lake for the takeoff was obviously a huge benfit as well.”

-Brad Pattison, Bell 206 Charter Pilot 

“The ability to see is the greatest need of all, and the head-down Max-Viz EVS Enhanced Vision System is the best safety feature invented for aircraft since Weather Radar.“

-Ron Freswick, Director of Aviation, Global Express 

“The EVS is great for ground taxi operations. I don’t know how we lived without it before. On a recent operation, we were positioned behind a big jet that we simply could not see in the dark, but on the EVS it lit up just like a Xmas tree!”

-John Lyon, Chief Pilot, CL-601-3A

“The ability to see, even in darkness, will allow our emergency helicopter flight operation to enhance airborne safety for our patients, pilots and public even further. The EVS was the clear and only choice for our operation.”

-Steve Straughen, Director EMS Operations, Bell 412 

“I’m amazed every time I fly the Max-Viz EVS. It literally turns night into day. My night pucker factor is now nil.”

-Bruce Bennett, President, Aurora Aviation, Cessna 421T 

“It really is a stress reliever, especially in night operations.”

-Cirrus Market and Product Strategy Analyst Matt Bergwall

“Please share with your offices and others interested in Max-Viz’ EVS systems that I find that it is a great simple, passive safety system for situational awareness in aviation. Especially in VFR helicopter operations at night.

We selected the Max-Viz EVS1500 due to the need to reduce or mitigate the risks for our flight operations. Statistically, our Corporate/VIP flight operations in the Great Lakes region four season’s weather carry the elevated risk of controlled flight into terrain from disorientation at night and inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) in the day and especially night flight.  

Approximately 80% of the hazards related to our flight operations, based on accident statistics – can be tied to these risks. I determined that using a Max-Viz EVS system was easy for my clients, required minimal training and re-current training, and is compact and unobtrusive in the cockpit. But, best of all – it is the best single solution to mitigate and minimize these hazards for our operations. 

I have found in a short amount of time, my comfort level in reduced visibility and night flight is much greater. I fly with it all the time and make it part of my scan.  If someone wishes to speak with me in person, have them contact me. 

Thank you and Fly Safe!”

-Kevin W. Nelson, President, Nelson AeroDynamiX, Corp.

It’s definitely a love affair with both the magic of flight and with my new Turbo Cirrus which is absolutely incredible. My Cirrus Perspective is equipped with the Enhanced Vision System (EVS) which is terrific!  To be honest with you, when I acquired the new airplane with the EVS system I thought it was really ‘cool’ and a neat ‘toy’ to show off, but I questioned its real usefulness.  That all changed just a few weeks ago while I was flying with a nervous passenger (my sister) over to San Antonio for a conference at night.  There were towers of cloud build-ups scattered around us.  We were experiencing a few bumps as we rushing through them so I flipped the MFD to the EVS screen to get a better look at what was ahead.  Anyone who’s flown in that area of the country at night knows it’s absolutely pitch black and you can hardly see beyond the propeller.  Instantly, night turned into day and I had a picture perfect view of what laid in our path.  I asked ATC for very minor deviations around the build-ups which they quickly granted.  A few degrees here, a few degrees there – we didn’t experience so much as an ounce of turbulence the rest of the flight – and it was all thanks to the EVS system.  Obviously, the biggest benefit of an EVS system is to enhance safety, but in this case, making a nervous flyer comfortable so that they actually enjoyed the flight rather than fearing it was worth its weight in gold. Fast forward a few weeks – the EVS system is now a staple in my toolbox for any of my night flights – of which there have been quite a few lately.  I simply can’t imagine flying at night without it.  I love using the split screen moving map display in conjunction with the EVS window for a comprehensive view of what’s ahead even when conditions are less than ideal.  The terrain awareness functionality is equally as impressive giving you a clear picture of the surrounding area and runway environment coming into a field at night.  Great job on developing such a terrific product which adds yet another level of safety to the Cirrus. Lastly, in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s still very ‘cool’ too!”

-Brad Pierce – President, Restaurant Equipment World™, Pierce Sales Co., Inc

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Solutions

Emergency Services EMS

ems An Astronics Max-Viz EVS system can increase safety and mission success in both rotary and fixed wing EMS fleets. Typically, the investment is half the cost of Night Vision Goggles (NVG), with no need for costly flight deck lighting modifications or hours of expensive initial and recurrent flight crew training and currency.

Search and Rescue SAR

Helicopter 1With long seasoned in-house Search and Rescue experience, Max-Viz is keenly aware of the dynamics and hazards associated with SAR operations.  Whether inland, offshore or a combination of the two, EVS provides pilots with the ability to separate the safe operation of a SAR platform from the dynamics of a sensor aided or visual search mission.

The Standardization of EVS as an added technology in addition to a multiple sensor search turret installation by one of the most prolific helicopter OEM’s was a benchmark in establishing the value EVS brings to the safe operation of a SAR platform.  Because EVS provides the pilots with a 24 / 7 tool to aid in terrain and water avoidance and overall situational awareness, the quantum increase in overall mission safety has reached an unparalleled level.

Having a specifically dedicated sensor for pilotage rather than sharing the needs of a search turret allows for mission enhancement technology to be used for the design purpose while the simultaneous use of an EVS can be specifically designated for aircraft safety.

VIP / Corporate

Coroprate JetMax-Viz was founded in 2001 on the idea that we could develop and market EVS infrared and thermal cameras and bring them to the civil aviation market at an affordable price.

Max-Viz is the leading supplier of enhanced vision infrared based systems to civil aviation, with over 55 FAA Type Certificated and/or Supplemental Type Certificated installations available on virtually all of the leading civilian jet, turboprop and turbine rotor wing aircraft.

Unlike cryogenically cooled infrared sensors, selling for up to one-half million dollars per system, our solution is a fraction of the cost and includes functionally equivalent performance. As we market and produce EVS products across many aircraft in the general aviation market, we know we have a product and solution for you.

Max-Viz sells through a world class network of FBO Repair Stations to jet, turboprop and turbine fixed and rotor wing end users and directly to turbine powered airframe manufacturers. Max-Viz is about getting there safely and avoiding through enhanced situational awareness what you otherwise might have personally encountered.

General Aviation

sr22Max-Viz brings Enhanced Vision Technology to the personal aircraft.

Affordable, state-of-the-art EVS technology is finally available to piston powered General Aviation aircraft, direct from the factory at Cessna and Cirrus or as a retrofit aftermarket STC installation.

The Max-Viz EVS-600 is the only dual wavelength infrared sensor specifically designed for piston aircraft that operate below FL250, under 250 Kts. The stunning performance of our General Aviation product brings a new level of safety, security and, yes – fun – into personal flying.

Both pilots and passengers enjoy the comfort and security of being able to better see clearly where they are going and what is in their way.

EVS makes landing and taxi lights obsolete by turning night into day, revealing all the details of the runway and taxi way surface-enabling pilots to avoid runway incursions, taxiway confusion and ramp clutter.

In flight, pilots can see and avoid cloud buildups at night, eliminating inadvertent flight into instrument conditions, providing a smoother more enjoyable ride for their passengers, while keeping a real world view of the ground and landmarks below.

Offshore Marine

Offshore MarineMax-Viz, Inc’s EVS systems aid situational awareness in nighttime marine operations, light fog, haze, and smoke. We have worked with many marine operators to help improve mission accuracy and effectiveness and avoid obstacles.

The ability to utilize EVS to detect rigs or other surface objects, image the water conditions, and perceive height above the surface through a visual presentation of relative motion dramatically affects offshore stress reduction and operational safety.

“Having spent the majority of my aviation career in an offshore mission profile, I can personally attest to the value EVS brings to a day or night mission profile in an offshore environment. The ability to gain a horizon or surface recognition where not otherwise possible provides invaluable input in the decision process as well as aiding in perceptual orientation and overall safety of a given mission.”

-Bob Yerex, former USCG SAR Pilot

Law Enforcement

Law EnforcementMax-Viz brings Enhanced Vision Technology to the personal aircraft.

Affordable, state-of-the-art EVS technology is finally available to piston powered General Aviation aircraft, direct from the factory at Cessna and Cirrus or as a retrofit aftermarket STC installation.

The Max-Viz EVS-600 is the only dual wavelength infrared sensor specifically designed for piston aircraft that operate below FL250, under 250 Kts. The stunning performance of our General Aviation product brings a new level of safety, security and, yes – fun – into personal flying.

Both pilots and passengers enjoy the comfort and security of being able to better see clearly where they are going and what is in their way.

EVS makes landing and taxi lights obsolete by turning night into day, revealing all the details of the runway and taxi way surface-enabling pilots to avoid runway incursions, taxiway confusion and ramp clutter.

In flight, pilots can see and avoid cloud buildups at night, eliminating inadvertent flight into instrument conditions, providing a smoother more enjoyable ride for their passengers, while keeping a real world view of the ground and landmarks below.

Firefighting

Fire Heli

Max-Viz, Inc. has solutions for a wide range of firefighting airframes including both fixed and rotary wing platforms.

EVS dramatically increases situational awareness by using infrared technology to image through smoke as if it didn’t exist. The ability to detect terrain through the localized and regional obscurants dramatically increases pilot confidence, reduces cockpit stress levels, helps with accurate firefighting techniques and makes fire support and suppression missions safer.

Because of a fixed mount design on Max-Viz EVS, the sensor effectively works like a bomb sight, imaging through smoke to detect the structure of the fire and allowing for pin-point precision drops. The ability to image through smoke means suppression activities can occur while the fire is most dormant in late evening / early morning period where the fire suppressant can be laid down with far greater effectiveness. Additionally, because operations during dormant periods means flying when the fire is laid down, the dynamics of operations around puffers and severe updrafts are mitigated.

The ability to image through the smoke to detect the dynamics of a fire means the ability to navigate around previously unseen hazards, avoid terrain, and increase the safety margins in this most hazardous market segment.

Minimizing time spent on a fire while maximizing the effectiveness of suppressant means gaining previously unrecognizable efficiencies, simultaneously saving property and resource hours / dollars.

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Terms of Sale

The following are the terms and conditions under which Astronics Max-Viz (the “Company”) products and services are sold to customers.  The term “customer” shall mean the Dealer, Distributor or End User as applicable and the term “Agreement” shall mean the Dealer, Distributor or End-User Agreement as applicable.

Standard Terms Conditions Rev. 2016

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About Astronics Max-Viz

History

Astronics Max-Viz came into being in 2001 as a result of two inventions that allowed for the creation of a small, lightweight design for EVS that could be deployed onto commercial and general aviation aircraft.

The first invention was an uncooled focal plane array developed by Honeywell (called a microbolometer) that could detect thermal infrared radiation, did not require a cryogenic cooling system (as conventional systems required in the 1990s) and could convert the electromagnetic thermal impulses into signals that could be displayed on a monitor. The second invention was a patented system to fuse video images from multiple sources developed by Dr. J. Richard Kerr (one of the original founders of Max-Viz). This invention enabled signals from a visible light source to be combined with the signals from an infrared source (like the Honeywell focal plane array mentioned above) and present a picture effectively "turning night into day".  Max-Viz licensed the microbolometer design from Honeywell for use in aviation and initially licensed the fusion patent (developed by Dr. Kerr) from FLIR Systems. In 2012, the company was acquired by Astronics Corporation as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Distributors

Max-Viz EVS systems for Business Aircraft, Helicopters and General Aviation are available from an extensive list of OEMs, MROs and Factory Authorized dealers and specialists that includes the most respected names in the industry. Capabilities include EVS sales, installation, training and long-term product support. Contact Sales for additional information.

Installations

The following is a list of aircraft that have installed Max-Viz Enhanced Vision Systems.  If you don't see your aircraft listed, we are always working on new airframes to be added to the list.  Leave us your contact information and we will let you know when one is available.

AgustaWestland TC and STC

  •  Augusta A109, A, All, C, K2 E, S, A119, MKII, A109, A119
  • Augusta AW-139

 Airbus Helicopter STC

  • Airbus EC130B4, AS350B,B1, B2, B3, BA, C, D, D1

  • Airbus EC1351, P1, P2+,T1,T2,T2+,P2+

 Bell Helicopter STC

  • Bell 206A, 206B,206L,206L1,206L3,206L4,407

  • Bell 222,222B, 222U, 230,430

Cessna Service Bulletin and STC

  • Cessna Single Engine SEB-34-0

Model                             Applicable Serial Number

127R                                    17281593 and On

172S                                     172S11127 and On

182T                                     18282306 and On

T182T                                   T18209048 and On

206H                                     20608329 and On

  • Cessna Caravan C-208

  • Cessna piston AML STC

172, 172A, 172B, 172C, 172D, 172E, 172F, 172G, 172H 172I, 172K, 172L, 172M, 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172R, 172S182, 182A, 182B, 182C, 182D, 182E, 182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182S, 182T, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N, 182P, 182Q, 182R, R182, T182, TR182, T182T,206, U206, U206A, 206H, U206B, U206C, U206D, U206E, U206F, U206G, TP206A, TP206B, TP206C, T206H, TP206D, TP206E, TU206A, TU206B, TU206C, TU206D, TU206C, TU206E, TU206F, TU206G – (non-pressurized models only)

210, 210A, 210B, 210C, 210D, 210E, 210F, T210F, 210G, T210G, T210H, 210J, T210J, 210K, T210K, 210L, T210L, 210M, T210M, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, 210-5 (205), 210-5A (205A) – (non-pressurized models only)

Cessna-421C** 

Cirrus TC and STC

  • SR-20, SR-22

Falcon Jet STC

  • Falcon 50,900B, 900EX, 2000, 2000EX STC available through Duncan Aviation

 Global Express  STC

  • Global Express  STC available through ABC completions

 Gulfstream STC

  • Gulfstream GIII, GIV, GV*

 King Air STC  More....

  • King Air C90GT, C90Gt

  • King Air B200, B200C, B200CT, B200T, B200GT, B200CGT

  • King Air B300 and B300C

 Pilatus PC-12 STC

  • Pilatus PC-12, PC-12/45,PC-12/47, PC-12/47E

 Robinson R44 STC

 Sikorsky STC

  • S-76A,B, C, C+,C++

 Special use, Canadian LSTCs and one time use STCs

  • Bell Cobra

  • Boeing  767,737

  • Canadair CL-215, CL-414

  • CASA 235

  • Dornier 328

 

Footnotes:

*   STC will require a display amendment

** STC being amended for part number change

FAQ

Click below to view a list of the most frequently asked questions about Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS).
 

View the FAQ
Testimonials

Max-Viz is the leader in Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for a wide range of applications. For 15 years, we have deployed EVS to many satisfied customers.

 

“Perspective EVS adds another dimension of safety to night operations. This complements and builds on Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology – which shows what SHOULD be there… now Perspective EVS shows you what is REALLY there.”

-Former Cirrus Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier 

“I could have used your Max-Viz system a couple of days ago. We departed for the rigs with 500 OVC and ½ mile in mist and fog, but the rigs were reporting clear. About 10 minutes later the airfield closed with 300 – 500 foot lateral visibility and 100 foot VV. Approaching the rigs we went lower and lower until at about 200 feet all we could see was the water. We approached the rigs on radar and began to see them at ¾ to ½ mile, but the fog/mist was blowing in waves so it was ‘now you see it, now you don’t.’ Needless to say we sat on deck for about six hours until the field went VFR.”

-Excerpt from a CHC AW-139 Pilot 

“This obvious increase in operational efficiency, situational awareness and flight safety should make this system a “must have” for aerial firefighting operations.”

-Excerpt from Tim Shaw, Avionics Manager, Rocky Mountain Aircraft  (Rocky Mountain Testimonial)

“The Max-Viz EVS-600 system, mounted under the left wing, displayed an image of what it could see ahead that I couldn’t. In fact, when we landed we were able to see a deer crossing the runway that would have been virtually impossible to see in the dark without the EVS.”

-Tom Benenson, Flying Magazine

“I made a missed approach into Teterboro, NJ and had to divert to Newark on a low overcast day. After landing in Newark at minimums, I turned off the runway and the heavy fog settled in making the visibility close to zero zero. Although the EVS enabled me to see the taxiway edges, I still could not see that far in front of the aircraft. As I continued to taxi, I referenced the EVS once again and noticed four bright white glows just as I was about to taxi into the tail of a 747.”

-Douglas Spicer, Chief Pilot, Cair Management 

“We are based in the mountains and fly all over the country on charter business, therefore safety is the main reason why we had the Max-Viz EVS installed in our Lear 60. You can see everything with this system – it is incredible and we use it every day. There is one small airport in particular that we frequent in Texas and there are always deer on the runway. Now, we’ll be able to see them on approach.”

-Steve Garmin, Chief Pilot, Sun Valley Air 

“Inbound to Salem, OR their weather went below minimums so I was diverted to Portland were the visibility was fluctuating between RVR 1600 and 2200 under a thick fog layer. Things were happening pretty fast as I set up for the new approach during vectors to the ILS. As I turned on final and entered the fog I turned on the Max-Viz and immediately had the runway in clear view even though the RVR was still at minimums. Because there was still a possibility of a go around if the visibility went down again, it was very comforting to be able to see the runway clearly through the fog and complete the approach with confidence. A few weeks later I was flying an aircraft without Max-Viz but could really have used it. Landing to the north at McCall, ID the south end of the runway was clear but the north half of the airport was literally zero zero in fog. I touched down with no problem but entered the fog on rollout and was in a complete whiteout which made taxiing to the ramp very tricky and unsafe. Max-Viz would have been a great help.”

-Tom Halvorson, Director of Charter Operations (PC-12) 

“Saturday night I flew a charter where I went into Trophy Lake Golf Course (went in at 8 PM w/daylight) and departed at 10:30PM with a new bride and groom. When it was time to depart it was drizzling, dark and very minimal ground or sky illumination and lots of tall trees. The site I chose to land at had a nice departure route down the 18th fairway, but the EVS was extremely beneficial to the safe departure. I was able to make a max. performance climb with the fairway straight ahead, the tall trees on either side and the small lake under the my initial climb. I had along with me the chief pilot for Silver State Helicopters (Tacoma branch) in the copilot’s seat and he was absolutely amazed how the EVS performed. They were going to use one of their helicopters, but chose to defer the mission to our Bell 206. He later said the combination of good instrumentation and turbine power, etc. made for a much more comfortable and safe departure. The EVS was awesome! I wish I had a video. Just before departure I checked wx with the FSS and Bremerton airport was 8000′ ceiling and BFI 7000′ ceiling with good visibilities, but we could not easily tell if the ceiling was high at Trophy Lake from the ground. About 700′ agl after takeoff the EVS indicated we would be entering possible IMC, so we stopped the climb and turned towards the Bremerton city lights, and about 1 minute later were able to climb to 2000′ without a problem. The EVS assisted us in staying out of IMC weather, because the clouds showed up so well on the display. It’s ability to keep us over the centerline of the fairway and lake for the takeoff was obviously a huge benfit as well.”

-Brad Pattison, Bell 206 Charter Pilot 

“The ability to see is the greatest need of all, and the head-down Max-Viz EVS Enhanced Vision System is the best safety feature invented for aircraft since Weather Radar.“

-Ron Freswick, Director of Aviation, Global Express 

“The EVS is great for ground taxi operations. I don’t know how we lived without it before. On a recent operation, we were positioned behind a big jet that we simply could not see in the dark, but on the EVS it lit up just like a Xmas tree!”

-John Lyon, Chief Pilot, CL-601-3A

“The ability to see, even in darkness, will allow our emergency helicopter flight operation to enhance airborne safety for our patients, pilots and public even further. The EVS was the clear and only choice for our operation.”

-Steve Straughen, Director EMS Operations, Bell 412 

“I’m amazed every time I fly the Max-Viz EVS. It literally turns night into day. My night pucker factor is now nil.”

-Bruce Bennett, President, Aurora Aviation, Cessna 421T 

“It really is a stress reliever, especially in night operations.”

-Cirrus Market and Product Strategy Analyst Matt Bergwall

“Please share with your offices and others interested in Max-Viz’ EVS systems that I find that it is a great simple, passive safety system for situational awareness in aviation. Especially in VFR helicopter operations at night.

We selected the Max-Viz EVS1500 due to the need to reduce or mitigate the risks for our flight operations. Statistically, our Corporate/VIP flight operations in the Great Lakes region four season’s weather carry the elevated risk of controlled flight into terrain from disorientation at night and inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) in the day and especially night flight.  

Approximately 80% of the hazards related to our flight operations, based on accident statistics – can be tied to these risks. I determined that using a Max-Viz EVS system was easy for my clients, required minimal training and re-current training, and is compact and unobtrusive in the cockpit. But, best of all – it is the best single solution to mitigate and minimize these hazards for our operations. 

I have found in a short amount of time, my comfort level in reduced visibility and night flight is much greater. I fly with it all the time and make it part of my scan.  If someone wishes to speak with me in person, have them contact me. 

Thank you and Fly Safe!”

-Kevin W. Nelson, President, Nelson AeroDynamiX, Corp.

It’s definitely a love affair with both the magic of flight and with my new Turbo Cirrus which is absolutely incredible. My Cirrus Perspective is equipped with the Enhanced Vision System (EVS) which is terrific!  To be honest with you, when I acquired the new airplane with the EVS system I thought it was really ‘cool’ and a neat ‘toy’ to show off, but I questioned its real usefulness.  That all changed just a few weeks ago while I was flying with a nervous passenger (my sister) over to San Antonio for a conference at night.  There were towers of cloud build-ups scattered around us.  We were experiencing a few bumps as we rushing through them so I flipped the MFD to the EVS screen to get a better look at what was ahead.  Anyone who’s flown in that area of the country at night knows it’s absolutely pitch black and you can hardly see beyond the propeller.  Instantly, night turned into day and I had a picture perfect view of what laid in our path.  I asked ATC for very minor deviations around the build-ups which they quickly granted.  A few degrees here, a few degrees there – we didn’t experience so much as an ounce of turbulence the rest of the flight – and it was all thanks to the EVS system.  Obviously, the biggest benefit of an EVS system is to enhance safety, but in this case, making a nervous flyer comfortable so that they actually enjoyed the flight rather than fearing it was worth its weight in gold. Fast forward a few weeks – the EVS system is now a staple in my toolbox for any of my night flights – of which there have been quite a few lately.  I simply can’t imagine flying at night without it.  I love using the split screen moving map display in conjunction with the EVS window for a comprehensive view of what’s ahead even when conditions are less than ideal.  The terrain awareness functionality is equally as impressive giving you a clear picture of the surrounding area and runway environment coming into a field at night.  Great job on developing such a terrific product which adds yet another level of safety to the Cirrus. Lastly, in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s still very ‘cool’ too!”

-Brad Pierce – President, Restaurant Equipment World™, Pierce Sales Co., Inc

Solutions

Emergency Services EMS

ems An Astronics Max-Viz EVS system can increase safety and mission success in both rotary and fixed wing EMS fleets. Typically, the investment is half the cost of Night Vision Goggles (NVG), with no need for costly flight deck lighting modifications or hours of expensive initial and recurrent flight crew training and currency.

Search and Rescue SAR

Helicopter 1With long seasoned in-house Search and Rescue experience, Max-Viz is keenly aware of the dynamics and hazards associated with SAR operations.  Whether inland, offshore or a combination of the two, EVS provides pilots with the ability to separate the safe operation of a SAR platform from the dynamics of a sensor aided or visual search mission.

The Standardization of EVS as an added technology in addition to a multiple sensor search turret installation by one of the most prolific helicopter OEM’s was a benchmark in establishing the value EVS brings to the safe operation of a SAR platform.  Because EVS provides the pilots with a 24 / 7 tool to aid in terrain and water avoidance and overall situational awareness, the quantum increase in overall mission safety has reached an unparalleled level.

Having a specifically dedicated sensor for pilotage rather than sharing the needs of a search turret allows for mission enhancement technology to be used for the design purpose while the simultaneous use of an EVS can be specifically designated for aircraft safety.

VIP / Corporate

Coroprate JetMax-Viz was founded in 2001 on the idea that we could develop and market EVS infrared and thermal cameras and bring them to the civil aviation market at an affordable price.

Max-Viz is the leading supplier of enhanced vision infrared based systems to civil aviation, with over 55 FAA Type Certificated and/or Supplemental Type Certificated installations available on virtually all of the leading civilian jet, turboprop and turbine rotor wing aircraft.

Unlike cryogenically cooled infrared sensors, selling for up to one-half million dollars per system, our solution is a fraction of the cost and includes functionally equivalent performance. As we market and produce EVS products across many aircraft in the general aviation market, we know we have a product and solution for you.

Max-Viz sells through a world class network of FBO Repair Stations to jet, turboprop and turbine fixed and rotor wing end users and directly to turbine powered airframe manufacturers. Max-Viz is about getting there safely and avoiding through enhanced situational awareness what you otherwise might have personally encountered.

General Aviation

sr22Max-Viz brings Enhanced Vision Technology to the personal aircraft.

Affordable, state-of-the-art EVS technology is finally available to piston powered General Aviation aircraft, direct from the factory at Cessna and Cirrus or as a retrofit aftermarket STC installation.

The Max-Viz EVS-600 is the only dual wavelength infrared sensor specifically designed for piston aircraft that operate below FL250, under 250 Kts. The stunning performance of our General Aviation product brings a new level of safety, security and, yes – fun – into personal flying.

Both pilots and passengers enjoy the comfort and security of being able to better see clearly where they are going and what is in their way.

EVS makes landing and taxi lights obsolete by turning night into day, revealing all the details of the runway and taxi way surface-enabling pilots to avoid runway incursions, taxiway confusion and ramp clutter.

In flight, pilots can see and avoid cloud buildups at night, eliminating inadvertent flight into instrument conditions, providing a smoother more enjoyable ride for their passengers, while keeping a real world view of the ground and landmarks below.

Offshore Marine

Offshore MarineMax-Viz, Inc’s EVS systems aid situational awareness in nighttime marine operations, light fog, haze, and smoke. We have worked with many marine operators to help improve mission accuracy and effectiveness and avoid obstacles.

The ability to utilize EVS to detect rigs or other surface objects, image the water conditions, and perceive height above the surface through a visual presentation of relative motion dramatically affects offshore stress reduction and operational safety.

“Having spent the majority of my aviation career in an offshore mission profile, I can personally attest to the value EVS brings to a day or night mission profile in an offshore environment. The ability to gain a horizon or surface recognition where not otherwise possible provides invaluable input in the decision process as well as aiding in perceptual orientation and overall safety of a given mission.”

-Bob Yerex, former USCG SAR Pilot

Law Enforcement

Law EnforcementMax-Viz brings Enhanced Vision Technology to the personal aircraft.

Affordable, state-of-the-art EVS technology is finally available to piston powered General Aviation aircraft, direct from the factory at Cessna and Cirrus or as a retrofit aftermarket STC installation.

The Max-Viz EVS-600 is the only dual wavelength infrared sensor specifically designed for piston aircraft that operate below FL250, under 250 Kts. The stunning performance of our General Aviation product brings a new level of safety, security and, yes – fun – into personal flying.

Both pilots and passengers enjoy the comfort and security of being able to better see clearly where they are going and what is in their way.

EVS makes landing and taxi lights obsolete by turning night into day, revealing all the details of the runway and taxi way surface-enabling pilots to avoid runway incursions, taxiway confusion and ramp clutter.

In flight, pilots can see and avoid cloud buildups at night, eliminating inadvertent flight into instrument conditions, providing a smoother more enjoyable ride for their passengers, while keeping a real world view of the ground and landmarks below.

Firefighting

Fire Heli

Max-Viz, Inc. has solutions for a wide range of firefighting airframes including both fixed and rotary wing platforms.

EVS dramatically increases situational awareness by using infrared technology to image through smoke as if it didn’t exist. The ability to detect terrain through the localized and regional obscurants dramatically increases pilot confidence, reduces cockpit stress levels, helps with accurate firefighting techniques and makes fire support and suppression missions safer.

Because of a fixed mount design on Max-Viz EVS, the sensor effectively works like a bomb sight, imaging through smoke to detect the structure of the fire and allowing for pin-point precision drops. The ability to image through smoke means suppression activities can occur while the fire is most dormant in late evening / early morning period where the fire suppressant can be laid down with far greater effectiveness. Additionally, because operations during dormant periods means flying when the fire is laid down, the dynamics of operations around puffers and severe updrafts are mitigated.

The ability to image through the smoke to detect the dynamics of a fire means the ability to navigate around previously unseen hazards, avoid terrain, and increase the safety margins in this most hazardous market segment.

Minimizing time spent on a fire while maximizing the effectiveness of suppressant means gaining previously unrecognizable efficiencies, simultaneously saving property and resource hours / dollars.

Terms of Sale

The following are the terms and conditions under which Astronics Max-Viz (the “Company”) products and services are sold to customers.  The term “customer” shall mean the Dealer, Distributor or End User as applicable and the term “Agreement” shall mean the Dealer, Distributor or End-User Agreement as applicable.

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