Enhanced vision system suppliers Max-Viz and Forward Vision have teamed to offer a product for piston-engined general aviation aircraft. The Max-Viz-manufactured EVS-100 sells for just under $15,000 and Forward Vision will have a flyable unit on display at the Sun 'n' Fun show in Florida next month.

Max-Viz president and chief executive Jim Tuttle says the tie-up came after L-3 Communications withdrew as Forward Vision's sensor supplier to offer its own EVS for the GA market. "We respected Forward Vision's knowledge of the GA market and at the last NBAA [show] floated the idea of replacing L-3, with Max-Viz supplying the technology and Forward Vision the market knowledge and distribution chain."

The EVS-100 uses a next-generation microbolometer infrared sensor supplied by DRS Technologies and is tailored to the limited altitude and temperature ranges encountered by piston-engine aircraft, Tuttle says. The sensor unit is designed for installation on or under the wing, like a weather radar, or above the cockpit.

The system fits below Max-Viz's existing range of systems: the situational-awareness EVS-1000 for helicopters and smaller business aircraft and EVS-2500 for larger business jets and the low-visibility approach guidance system being developed with Rockwell Collins for the Boeing Business Jet.

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Source: Flight International