For Experimental and Homebuilt Aircraft

East Aurora, NY | July 16, 2018–Astronics Corporation, (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max- Viz will offer special prices for its Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for experimental and homebuilt aircraft. The special prices are good for orders received at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 23-29 and online during the same time period.

To qualify for this promotional offer, orders must specify delivery prior to December 31, 2018.

“This special pricing is applicable for the Astronics
Max-Viz X1+HR (High Resolution) and X1 EVS,
uncertified versions,” said Tom Geiger, Business Unit Manager for Astronics Max-Viz. “During EAA AirVenture, the X1-HR system, normally priced at $18,000, will be available for $16,800. Similarly, the X1 EVS, regularly priced at $6,000, will be $5,700,” he added.

The X1+HR sensor uses a sophisticated system with 640×480 pixel resolution long wave infrared thermal imager with electronic zoom to assist pilots of experimental and homebuilt aircraft, which often operate from unimproved airstrips with wildlife and other obstacles. It is compatible with any display that accepts NTSC or PAL/Analog RS-170 signals.

The Max-Viz X1 and X1+HR are single line-replaceable units built into an aerodynamically shaped housing for easy installation. The un-cooled infrared detectors output a composite RS-170 video signal, presentable on any analog video-capable aircraft display. The system also features integral window heaters to maintain operation under conditions from -55 degrees Celsius plus automatic pixel recalibration to keep the picture sharp.

Both lightweight systems allow pilots to scan the taxi way and runway during takeoff and approach for obstructions, such as wildlife, vehicles, and construction barriers, which may not be visible and are not in any synthetic vision database. The Max-Viz EVS will help pilots see and avoid terrain before the ground proximity warnings. The Max-Viz X1 or Max-Viz X1+HR will enhance safety for the experimental pilot community by enabling pilots to see up to 10 times further than unaided human vision in visibility- obscured conditions, such as smoke, haze and light fog, during the day or at night.. Both systems are uncertified for experimental flying enthusiasts.

Astronics Max-Viz will be exhibiting these solutions in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at EAA AirVenture in Hangar C, booth 3078.

With Supplemental and Type Certificates in both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz offers products built on more than 15 years of success in enhanced vision systems. View the EVS offerings in detail at www.astronics.com.

EFVS Rules Do Not Presently Exist for Helicopters Flying to Heliports

East Aurora, NY | July 11, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a research project to study operational concepts for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) in helicopters.

The study is designed to develop a basis for possible application of enhanced vision systems in helicopters flying into heliports. While EFVS rules exist for approaches to runways at airports, comparable regulations for EFVS do not exist for helicopters flying to onshore or offshore helipads at heliports.

“Astronics is very pleased to provide both a Max-Viz 1500 and a Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) to the FAA for integration onto its Sikorsky S-76 medium-size commercial utility helicopter test aircraft for this study,” said Astronics Max-Viz’s Dale Farr, Manager of Sales and Business Development. “The Astronics Max-Viz EVS sensors will be used in flight tests and data acquisition for EVS and EFVS implementation,” he added.

Flight-testing is being conducted by the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, at the Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey. The center serves as the national scientific test base for the FAA. Programs include research and development, test and evaluation, and verification and validation in air traffic control, communications, navigation, airports, aircraft safety, and security.

The Max-Viz 1500 sensor will provide baseline testing, which will be followed with the installation of the Max-Viz 2300 for observation of LED lighting on the blended high resolution long wave infrared image. Flights are planned to occur in various weather and visibility conditions, day, night and twilight and via alternative approaches. Results of the study will be used by the FAA to evaluate the effectiveness of EFVS technology for helicopter flight safety and operational effectiveness.

Astronics’ top of the line EVS, the Max-Viz 2300, provides pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness and safety by enabling them to see more precisely during day or night in adverse weather conditions, such as haze, smoke, smog and light fog, even in the darkest night. At night, pilots can also see and avoid clouds for a smoother ride. Upon landing, pilots using the Max-Viz 2300 can view the runway and terrain clearly to avoid wildlife and unlit obstructions.

This advanced EVS is a lightweight, affordable, multi-spectral imager that blends the separate signal from a long wave infrared sensor with a visible light sensor to present pilots with a single, sharp, real-time image. The blended thermal image is black and white, but a separate color HD-compatible signal from the visible light camera is available for routing to a cabin entertainment system or cockpit for a complete color display. The Max-Viz 2300 system is certified to Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) DO-160G standards, which is the industry standard for the environmental testing of avionics hardware and is recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the de facto international standard ISO-7137.

East Aurora, NY | December 26, 2016– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, announced that its low cost Max-Viz 1200 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 solid state technology of the $9,000 Max-Viz 1200 EVS requires no routine maintenance.

“This level of environmental compliance for our lowest priced certified EVS further demonstrates the system’s reliability in all kinds of weather and flight conditions,” said Elliott Troutman, Astronics Max-Viz Executive Vice President. “The Max-Viz 1200 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.”
The Max-Viz 1200 EVS features a low power, uncooled thermal camera. The sensor image can be presented on any video-capable display that accepts Composite video (RS-170) NTSC or PAL/Analog signals. The lightweight 1.2 pound system is compatible with display systems including, Garmin G500, 600 and 1000, Avidyne R9, Bendix King KMD-850, AvMap EKP-V, Flight Displays Flipper, various Rosen monitors, and EFBs.
The Max-Viz infrared enhanced vision system detects the differences in heat of objects and terrain in an airplane’s environment, producing an accurate 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 1200 EVS complements synthetic vision displays, allowing pilots to see transient obstructions, like wildlife and construction barriers not in synthetic vision databases. The system gives real time confirmation of the operating environment, as well as supporting the approach to landing transition from Instrument Flight Rules to Visual Flight Rules in marginal visual conditions.

Astronics Max-Viz is a leading EVS supplier to OEMs and the retrofit market
With over 40 Supplemental and Type Certificates in fixed and rotor wing aircraft, Astronics Max-Viz provide pilots real-time display for increased visibility in adverse weather conditions, such as darkness, precipitation, fog, dust and smoke. Benefits of the Astronics Max-Viz EVS include:

  • Ability to see and avoid runway/taxiway incursions
  • Instant awareness of airport surface traffic on approach
  • Unambiguous runway/taxiway identification
  • Aid in identifying taxiway edges and increased sign clarity
  • Avoidance of parking ramp clutter and ground collision
  • An augmentation to TAWS display with clear visual picture of terrain
  • Help avoiding nighttime cloud buildups for smoother flight
  • Help avoiding inadvertent flight into instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC)
  • Help avoiding controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
  • Visual clarity through smoke, haze and light fog

For more information, go tomax-viz.com.

East Aurora, NY | July 31, 2012– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, today announced that it has acquired privately-held Max-Viz, Inc. (“Max-Viz”), a market-leading developer and designer of Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for fixed and rotary wing aircraft through both OEM and aftermarket channels in the general aviation, commercial and military aerospace markets for $10 million in cash. Additional purchase consideration of up to $8.0 million may be paid by Astronics if Max-Viz achieves certain revenue targets in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Founded in 2001 in Portland, OR, Max-Viz had 2011 revenue of $5.4 million and backlog of $3.0 million at the end of 2011, and is projecting 2012 full-year revenue in the range of $7.0 million to $8.0 million. Max-Viz’s EVS product line fuses infrared and visible imagery allowing real-time display to pilots for increased visibility in adverse weather conditions, such as darkness, precipitation, fog, dust and smoke.

“The Max-Viz acquisition fits well with our strategy to broaden our product and technology offerings to the aerospace and defense industry,” commented Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics. “They are a leading provider of EVS technology having earned FAA certification for installation on more than 200 different fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft models across various manufacturers. We expect that Max-Viz will continue its growth through innovation, quality and its solid pipeline of opportunities.”

Astronics expects the acquisition to be slightly accretive in 2012. KippsDeSanto & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Max-Viz, Inc. on this transaction.