Astronics, February 21, 2019 - EAST AURORA, NY - Astronics Corp, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced today that an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been approved for the Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).
Offered by Astronics’ wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz and obtained in cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary Canada, the STC covers multiple Textron and Leonardo Helicopter models, including AW109 and AW119 aircraft.
With the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approvals, images produced by the Max-Viz 2300 can now be presented on MFDs (Multi Function Displays), PFDs (Primary Flight Displays), or on standalone displays depending on aircraft configurations. The amendment upgrades the wiring package to include VIVISUN® Switches for more effective mission utilization with NVGs (Night Vision Goggles) in search & rescue, emergency medical services, aerial firefighting, and military applications.
Unprecedented level of situational awareness
“Our technology provides pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and safety,” said Tom Geiger, Business Unit Manager for Astronics Max-Viz. “We worked closely with AVIO dg to get this technology approved for daily missions on these Leonardo helicopters,” he added.
Astronics Max-Viz EVS provides improved safety and enhanced vision, enabling pilots to see more precisely in adverse weather conditions, such as haze, smoke, smog, and light fog, even on the darkest night. At night, pilots can also see and avoid clouds for a smoother ride. While landing, pilots using the Max-Viz EVS can identify the runway and view the terrain clearly to avoid wildlife and unlit obstructions.
A recent ruling from the FAA permitting properly equipped aircraft to fly certain Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) approaches to landing, in lieu of natural vision, is expected to drive additional acceptance of EVS technology. Of the over 3,250 installed Astronics Max-Vis EVS systems, approximately 60 percent are on fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and 40 percent are operating on helicopters. With Supplemental and Type Certificates in both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz offers products built on more than 15 years of success in enhanced vision systems. View the EVS offerings in detail at www.astronics.com/max-viz.
AVIO dg offers avionics system design, product design, electrical and structural design and substantiations, development and testing, aircraft livery design and drawings, aero medical HEMS, certification for human factors and ergonomic evaluations, advanced 3D printing/part creation, NVIS lighting designs, and repair designs. Avio dg will serve as the point of contact for obtaining new installations of the Max-Viz 2300 with this STC.
About AVIO dg: AVIO dg DAO No. 17-C-01 (also known as AVIO design group Inc.) is made up of a team of highly competent aerospace professionals with over 60 years of combined experience in the aerospace field. The AVIO dg team provides expertise in design, engineering, and certification on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Our mission is to provide innovative and timely solutions to the aerospace industry while offering both superior customer satisfaction and tremendous value to our clients. AVIO dg is well positioned within the aerospace industry to provide highly innovative and functional solutions to our customers.
About Astronics Corporation: Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the world’s aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges.
For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.