Max-Viz Enhanced Vision Receives King Air STC from Brazil

EAST AURORA, N.Y., Sept. 4, 2012 — Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Max-Viz Inc., received Beechcraft King Air supplemental type certification for its model 1500 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) from Agencia Nacional Aviação Civil, the Brazilian aviation authority.


Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support is the exclusive provider for Max-Viz EVS-1500 for installation on Pro Line 21-equipped Beechcraft King Airs, including models 200, 200GT, 200CGT, 300, 300C, C90GT and C90GTi.


Max-Viz’s EVS product line combines infrared and visible imagery, providing pilots real-time display for increased visibility in adverse weather conditions, such as darkness, precipitation, fog, dust and smoke.  By turning night into day, while also helping to penetrate haze, light fog, smoke and precipitation, the Max-Viz EVS-1500 permits pilots to see eight to 10 times farther than the unaided human eye.


“The Astronics Max-Viz-1500 Enhanced Vision System is a must have for King Airs operating in remote areas where runways are often unsecured from people and animals,” said Max-Viz Vice President of Business Development Lou Churchville.  “By deploying this life-saving safety system on King Air aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft is once again providing owners and operators with the latest safety technology available for turboprop aircraft.”


“Increased safety, versatility and dependability are maximized with the Max-Viz EVS-1500 Infrared Enhanced Vision System,” said Christi Tannahill, vice president of Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support.  “From taxi and takeoff through cruise, approach and landing, Max-Viz offers King Air pilots the ability to maximize situational awareness regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.”


For more information on the King Air Max-Viz system, owners and operators can go to

About Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., GCS is dedicated to improving the value of Hawker Beechcraft aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of five functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers), Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications) and Global Mission Support (government business and special mission maintenance/training support).


Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. For more information, visit


Max-Viz, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation, 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

Astronics Corporation is a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting, electrical power, avionics databus products and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries. Astronics’ strategy is to develop and maintain positions of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and defense markets, to leverage those positions to grow the amount of content and volume of product it sells to those markets and to selectively acquire businesses with similar technical capabilities that could benefit from our leadership position and strategic direction.  Astronics Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp., Ballard Technology, Inc., DME Corporation, Luminescent Systems Inc. and Max-Viz, Inc., have a reputation for high-quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices.  The Company routinely posts news and other important information on its website at

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