Covers Leonardo AW109, AW119 Models
EAST AURORA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Astronics
Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), 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.
“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, and can be reached at www.avio-dg.com.
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.
For more information on Astronics and its solutions, visit Astronics.com.