Canada Certifies EVS-1000 On Challenger

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Could you some day fly your steam-gage King Air down an ILS to a 100-foot decision height without the electronics costing more than the plane? Could be, if recent trends are an indication. The trends in question are the enhanced vision systems first available on Gulfstream's high-end jets (see article above) and now being certified for other airframes. Earlier this month, Portland, Ore.-based Max-Viz Inc. announced the first-ever Transport Canada certification for one of the company's EVS-1000 systems. The infrared-based system was installed on a Bombardier Global Express by Montreal-based ABC Completions Inc. The U.S.-registered Bombardier Global Express received a Canadian Supplemental Type Approval and is expected to receive an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) this month. Max-Viz and its dealers currently hold certifications for the Bell 212/412, CL-601, CL-604, Global Express and Falcon 50. Airframes for which STCs are pending include the Falcon 900 series, the Sikorsky S-76, the G-IV/IVSP, the Pilatus PC-12, Lear 35 and Beech 200. A Max-Viz system is also available as a standard factory option on the Cessna Citation X and Sovereign.