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Astronics Corporation, a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, has announced that more than 2,500 of its enhanced vision systems (EVS) have now been installed in rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
“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 of Astronics Max-Viz.
“In addition, the recent ruling from the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] permitting properly equipped aircraft to fly certain instrument flight rule (IFR) approaches to landing, in lieu of natural vision, should drive additional acceptance of this effective safety technology,” he added.
Of the 2,500 installed systems, approximately 60 percent are on fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and 40 percent are operating on helicopters.
Astronics Max-Viz EVS provides pilots with an unprecedented level of 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, even in the darkest night.
At night, pilots can also see and avoid clouds for a smoother ride. While landing, pilots using the Max-Vis EVS can identify the runway and view the terrain clearly to avoid wildlife and unlit obstructions.
With supplemental and type certificates in both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz offers products built on more than 15 years of success in enhanced vision systems.