EAST AURORA, N.Y., Jan. 7, 2013 — Astronics Corporation’s Max-Viz-600 enhanced vision system has received a Cessna Aircraft Service Bulletin for retrofit installation in recently-delivered Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair single-engine aircraft models.
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) is a leader in providing advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries. Astronics manufactures the Max-Viz-600 enhanced vision system, which permits pilots to see much farther than the unaided human eye in many conditions of obscured visibility.
FAA, EASA Approved
Available exclusively from Cessna for retrofit by Cessna Authorized Service Centers, the retrofit is approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Cessna single-engine airplanes covered under the Service Bulletin were factory-provisioned for the upgrade, which results in an installation time estimated at only eight labor hours.
Astronics Max-Viz-600 real-time infrared Enhanced Vision System is also offered as a factory option on new Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair piston-powered aircraft. The system is a night vision device that provides additional situational awareness for Cessna pilots who want to visually penetrate haze, light fog, smoke and precipitation during day or night flying conditions.
Factory Provisioned for Upgrade
“We provisioned these Cessna propeller aircraft at the factory for Astronics Max-Viz system because it will lead to increased safety, versatility and dependability,” said Jodi Noah, Senior Vice President, Cessna Single Engine/Propeller Aircraft. “From taxi and takeoff through cruise, approach and landing, the Max-Viz-600 now offers more Cessna single-engine pilots the ability to maximize situational awareness regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.”
The Max-Viz-600 utilizes long-wave uncooled infrared technology to blend the imagery from an additional visible light sensor to the thermal sensor which is presented on the display as a single 40-degree wide image through the use of patented image fusion software. The Max-Viz-600 provides the highest performance enhanced vision system available for general aviation aircraft.
The Max-Viz-600 was designed to fill the need for general aviation piston and slower single engine turboprop fixed wing aircraft. The system uses much of the same advanced technology as the advanced Max-Viz-1500, but without the optical zoom or dual field of view features. Max-Viz-600 is rated for operations below 250 knots indicated airspeed and altitude at or below flight level 250 (25,000 feet).
Serial Number Effectivity
Generally, the effectivity of the Cessna Service Bulletin covers Skyhawks that delivered in the spring of 2012 and after and Skylane and Stationair aircraft that delivered in the fall of 2011 and after. Specific serial number effectivity of the aircraft covered by the recent Service Bulletin follows:
CESSNA MODEL SERIAL NUMBERS
Skyhawk 172R 17281593 and On
Skyhawk 172S 172S11127 and On
Skylane 182T 18282306 and On
Skylane T182T T18209048 and On
Stationair 206H 20608329 and On
Stationair T206H T20609022 and On
Max-Viz also holds enhanced vision STCs for various Cessna series including 140, 150, 142, 170, 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 190, 195, 206, 207, and 210 aircraft. For a complete list of Astronics enhanced vision system STCs go to http://max-viz.com/stctc/.
ABOUT THE ASTRONICS MAX-VIZ ENHANCED VISION SYSTEMS
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 max-viz.com.
ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATION
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 www.astronics.com.
For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its website at www.astronics.com.