Hawker Beechcraft, Max-Viz Donation Gives K-State Avionics Students Hands-on Experience

The donation of an infrared camera from Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Max-Viz will provide students in Kansas State University Salina's avionic program the opportunity to train using the latest technology.

Lou Churchville, vice president of business development for Max-Viz, provided Hawker Beechcraft Corporation with the camera after hearing of the need from John Kraft, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation manager of advanced technologies and member of K-State Salina’s industry advisory board.

The Max-Viz EVS-1000 camera allows pilots to see more clearly using infrared technology.

"Our avionics students are going to see this equipment in the industry, so getting experience with it in the classroom will be an advantage to them once they enter the workforce," said Raylene Alexander, assistant professor of aviation and avionics program lead.

This is not the first time Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has partnered with K-State. In 2009, K-State's King Air C90 was used to help determine the ideal placement of the camera on a King Air.

"Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Max-Viz have generously made an invaluable contribution to K-State students' education," said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head. "Having the EVS-1000 brings our avionics program to another level."