Astronics enhanced vision systems receives approval for Airbus Helicopter EC130

posted on 25th May 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Astronics enhanced vision systems receives approval for Airbus Helicopter EC130

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, announced today that the United States, Canada and EASA approved Astronics’ Max-Viz 1200 and 1400 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for Airbus Helicopter EC130 B4 and T2 models.

The initial Maz-Viz 1400 installation using the newly approved STC was performed by Ontario-based EuroTec Canada Ltd., part of EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions LLC, headquartered in Euroda, Kansas. The EVS will be displayed on the upgraded Garmin TXi avionics.  

“The Astronics’ Max-Viz technology provides pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and safety. Our EVS is perfectly suited for these single-engine light utility helicopters,” said Tom Geiger, Max-Viz Business Unit Director for Astronics

“To advance the application of our technology, we worked closely with STC holder AVIO dg to get this excellent technology approved for daily missions on the EC130”.

Astronics’ Max-Viz 1200 and 1400 systems are lightweight, solid-state, low power, and feature an uncooled thermal camera. 

The sensor image displays on any cockpit equipment that accepts NTSC or PAL/Analog RS-170 video signals, including MFDs (Multi-Function Displays), PFDs (Primary Flight Displays). 

It also shows well on standalone displays, including iPads and other tablets, depending on aircraft configurations

“Using the Max-Viz EVS during our initial certification flights and having it integrated and displayed on the Garmin TXi truly exceeded my expectation on the clarity and detail that was provided by the system” said York Galland, current owner of the aircraft.