Infrared Imaging System OK'd For Some

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Max-Viz announced Monday it has achieved the first in a long series of planned FAA certifications of its EVS-1000 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) for helicopters. The Bell 212, Bell 412 and Bell 412EP helicopters have been approved for FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for the installation of the Max-Viz EVS-1000. The company says the product enables pilots to see terrain and other potential obstacles through dust, rain, snow, haze, smoke and total darkness. Max-Viz and its dealers currently hold certifications for the Bell 212/412, CL-601, CL-604, Global Express and Falcon 50. They also have STCs pending for the Falcon 900 series, the Sikorsky S-76, the Pilatus PC-12, Lear 35 and Beech 200. No piston-singles are yet on the list. The EVS-1000 infrared sensor relays real-time video images from a small 2.5-pound sensor head mounted on the helicopter nose, belly or landing skids. The display is positioned at eye level above the main instrument panel on a flip-down hinged bracket and can be viewed by either crew member. "This FAA certification opens the door to another significant market for us," said Jean Menard, director of sales for Max-Viz, in a news release. "We're looking at potential installations in more than 200 registered U.S. civilian Bell 212 and 412 helicopters." The EVS-2000 Enhanced Vision System, specifically developed for Cessna by Max-Viz, is also a standard factory option on the Citation X and Sovereign.