|Astronics Max-Viz EVS 1400. Photo: Astronics
[Avionics Magazine 10-18-2016] Astronics Corp.’s Max-Viz 1400 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) for fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft has been certified to DO-160G standards by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA). DO-160G is the industry standard for the environmental testing of avionics hardware and is recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as de facto international standard ISO-7137.
The Max-Viz infrared enhanced vision system detects the differences in heat of objects and terrain in an airplane's environment, producing a real-time picture of the surroundings in the absence of visible light. With thermal imaging, the EVS display enables pilots to see when flying day or night in smoke, haze, and light fog. The EVS can work as an alternative to, or in tandem with, light-based night-vision goggle technologies.
"The Max-Viz 1400 meets or exceeds RTCA standards to include resistance to temperature, altitude, humidity, shock, vibration, water, sand and dust, fungus, magnetic effect, power spikes, audio and radio frequencies, lightening, icing and flammability," said Astronics Max-Viz Executive Vice President Elliott Troutman.
The Max-Viz 1400 EVS is a solid-state, low-power system with a high resolution 640x480 uncooled thermal detector. The sensor image can be presented on any video-capable display that accepts composite video (RS-170) NTSC or PAL/Analog signals.