The Max-Viz infrared enhanced vision system from Astronics Corp. that has been offered for years in certified aircraft is now available for Experimental and homebuilt models after the company this month introduced a noncertified version designated X1 and priced at $6,000.
The unit makes use of essentially the same technology that’s installed in certified aircraft, from airliners and globe-girding business jets to GA airplanes like the Cirrus SR22 and Pilatus PC-12. Astronics says it is introducing the Max-Viz X1 version specifically for kitbuilt aircraft that operate from unimproved airstrips with wildlife and other obstacles.
“The uncertified Max-Viz X1 is a lightweight, low-cost solution for the kit and homebuilt experimental aircraft operator,” said Astronics Max-Viz executive vice president Elliott Troutman. “The system complements synthetic vision systems and allows pilots to see temporary obstructions, such as wildlife and construction barriers, which are not in the SVS database.”
The Max-Viz X1 infrared sensor enables pilots to see up to 10 times farther than unaided human vision in visibility-obscured conditions, such as smoke, haze and light fog, day or night, though not through solid clouds, Astronics says. The EVS image can be presented on any video-capable cockpit display.
The X1 is a single line-replaceable unit built into an aerodynamically shaped housing and weighs in at just over a pound.
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