PORTLAND, Ore., May 14, 2012 – Max-Viz, Inc. has received STC approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for installation and operation of the Max-Viz EVS-1500 real-time infrared enhanced vision system on a number of Eurocopter twin-engine helicopter models.
Eurocopter EC135 T1, T2, T2+, P1, P2, & P2 are included in the EASA STC (Supplemental Type Certificate). The Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System is already operational on an emergency medical services-configured EC135 owned by Hélicoptères De France, which serves customers at the Hospitals Alençon, west of Paris in Normandy.
Hélicoptères de France Managing Director Joel Vissac said, “We installed the Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System precisely to increase the safety margin for our crews and our customers. It also gives us a reliability advantage over competitors with less capability to fly critical emergency missions during periods of poor visibility.”
Max-Viz President and CEO Elliott Troutman said, “This significant development represents growing acceptance of the Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We are pleased to be able to continue to offer increased safety margins for more helicopter operators throughout the region.”
Rega (Swiss Air Rescue) operates 11 Agusta 109s fitted with the EVS. LPR (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe), the Polish government agency responsible for medevac transports, has equipped its 23 EC135 helicopters with the Max-Viz EVS-1500.
In addition, Max-Viz real-time Enhanced Vision Systems are approved by EASA for Bell helicopter models 206, 407, 212 and 412. Max-Viz EASA certifications include Agusta helicopters and fixed-wing airframes including the Diamond DA50s and King Airs. Also under development is an EASA STC for the Dauphin helicopter.
EC135 EASA STC installation kit for the Max-Viz EVS-1500 is now available through Max-Viz from TeamAtkins International and Rotor & Aircraft on EC135s operating under EASA jurisdiction.
About Max-Viz Inc.
Max-Viz designs and markets real-time Enhanced Vision Systems for turbine and piston fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The systems use infrared sensors, signal processing, and advanced cockpit display to show terrain, runways, taxiways, aircraft and obstacles in poor visibility conditions including light fog, haze, smoke, brown/whiteout, light precipitation and darkness. Max-Viz Enhanced Vision Systems are small, reliable and affordable. For more information go to max-viz.com.
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