Fri, Oct 31, 2008
EVS-1500 Approved For A-Through-C-Model Helicopters
Max-Viz Inc. announced this week the
award of FAA STC # SR02322AK for installation of the firm's newest
Enhanced Vision System, the EVS 1500 on Sikorsky S-76 helicopters,
A through C models.
The STC was designed and developed by Cary Foster and Sharmaine
Vestal, co-owners of One Sky Aviation, a full service aviation
maintenance facility based in Anchorage, Alaska. The STC was issued
through the Alaska ACO.
The Max-Viz EVS 1500 is the first Generation II EVS product and
only dual field of view sensor available to the market which offers
significantly enhanced design features and upgrades driven directly
by operational experience of helicopter pilots and operators.
The EVS-1500 incorporates the latest in sensor image processing
and active dynamic range management in an external housing
identical to the previous generation EVS-1000. The addition of a
second Field of View (FoV) provides for both a wide angle (53
degree) viewing aspect for enhanced maneuvering and en-route flight
situational awareness while incorporating a narrow angle (30
degree) FoV through an integral optical zoom feature. The narrow
FoV provides a significantly enhanced resolution which equates to a
much better obstacle and hazard detection capability for greater
levels of aircraft operational safety and mission completion
"By maintaining the form factor of the original Max-Viz
EVS-1000," said Elliott Troutman, President of Max-Viz, "we have
enabled current EVS 1000 equipped aircraft to upgrade to the
improved 1500 without the costly and time consuming requirements of
seeking a new STC."
Cary Foster of One Sky Aviation adds, "The capabilities of this
next generation dual FoV sensor are absolutely phenomenal in
comparison to the previous generation EVS-1000 system from Max-Viz.
The cooperative development of this STC, with direct support from
Max-Viz, will have a dramatic impact on safety for EMS, Offshore,
Corporate, and VVIP operations."
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