Astronics Max-Viz-1500 STC Expanded for All Popular King Air Video-Capable Multi Function Displays

EAST AURORA, NY., Oct. 30, 2012 — Astronics Corporation received an amended Supplemental Type Certificate greatly expanding the number of Beechcraft King Air aircraft that can be equipped with the Astronics Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system to include all King Air models equipped with any video-capable multi function display.  


Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) is a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries. Astronics Max-Viz-1500 Enhanced Vision System permits pilots to see clearly at night and up to eight to 10 times farther than the unaided human eye in many conditions of obscured visibility. The system will be on display at the National Business Aviation Association’s 65th Annual Meeting and Convention held in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. 


Astronics Chief Executive Officer Peter J. Gundermann said, “With this expanded STC, the Astronics Max-Viz-1500 Enhanced Vision System can now be part of every King Air cockpit that flies with a video-capable MFD. By deploying this life-saving safety system on King Air aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft is giving many more owners and operators an opportunity to fly safer with the latest in dependable real-time imagery.”


The amended FAA STC expands the number of Max-Viz-1500 video-capable Multi Function Displays  to include Garmin’s G500, G600 and G1000, Avidyne’s Entegra Release 9, Universal Avionics’ 890R, and any other video-capable MFD.  In addition, King Airs with video-capable electronic flight bags are compatible with Astronics Max-Viz-1500. Previously, the Astronics Max-Viz-1500 was only available on King Airs equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. 


Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support is the exclusive provider of the Astronics Max-Viz-1500 for installation on Beechcraft King Air B200, B300 and C90 series aircraft. For more information on Astronics King Air Max-Viz system, owners and operators can go to or contact Grant Sumpter at (503) 968-3036, Ext 118,


The Astronics Max-Viz 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. Benefits of the Astronics Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System include:

  • See and Avoid Runway/Taxiway Incursions
  • Instant Awareness of Airport Surface Traffic on Approach
  • Unambiguous Runway Identification
  • Taxiway Edges and Sign Clarity
  • Avoid Parking Ramp Clutter
  • Augment TAWS Display with Clear Visual Picture of Terrain
  • Avoid Nighttime Cloud Buildups for Smoother Flight
  • Avoid Inadvertent Flight into IMC
  • Avoid Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT)
  • Visual Clarity Through Smoke and Haze


Astronics Max-Viz enhanced vision systems are designed 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.  Astronics 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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