Frequently Asked Questions
What is EVS?
What does it mean that this EVS is “Uncooled”?
How many years have you been in business, and how sound are you in today’s economy?
How light and small is Max-Viz EVS?
How does EVS work in icy conditions?
What are the tax and insurance implications if I buy a new EVS system?
What kinds of displays work with your EVS systems?
Are Max-Viz EVS products export controlled and if so, where can I get more information about this process?
Max-Viz EVS (Enhanced Vision Systems) is an infrared (IR) aviation system that detects differences in heat instead of differences in light as a video camera would. With thermal imaging, the EVS display lets you see when flying at night, or in smoke, haze, and light fog. It can work as an alternative to or in tandem with light-based night vision goggle (NVG) technologies. It complements your synthetic vision display, giving a real time confirmation on your environment, as well as supporting the transition from Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in marginal visual or IMC conditions. Max-Viz EVS is an affordable solution to increasing pilot safety and situational awareness as there is no head up display (HUD) required. Max-Viz has earned FAA certification for installation on over 200+ different aircraft models and types, with both Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) and Type Certificate (TC) approvals, ensuring you’ll be able to add this thermal imaging avionics technology to your cockpit.
Conventional IR systems are cryogenically cooled, that is, they require a mechanical cooler to keep the detector very cold in order to “see” small temperature differences. The Max-Viz system uses new, uncooled microbolometer technology to attain equivalent performance without the need for complicated, heavy and expensive cooling mechanics. Some of the older, cooled system are sold today at up to $500,000 per system. Max-Viz technology is designed to be simply installed and incorporated into aircraft operations to improve existing operational flight safety.
Max-Viz was founded in 2001 by industry veterans. By our estimates, we have the most comprehensive knowledge regarding EVS in the world. The company itself is venture backed and has solid financials. As a privately held company, we don’t release financial information, but because of our new EVS product line, our partners and dealer network, and customer satisfaction, we are delivering record growth. Max-Viz is the leading EVS company in the world.
The EVS has heaters that prevent the accumulation of ice that otherwise might adversely affect normal operations. Heater operations are automatic dependent on ambient temperature and are thoroughly tested during manufacturing. Qualification and production performance tests performed on our systems have met or exceed FAA requirements.
Because EVS is a safety and productivity enhancement that adds value to the aircraft, you may be able to take advantage of favorable tax treatment. Please consult your accounting department and/or tax advisor for additional advice as to whether you qualify. Additionally, numerous Max-Viz customers have reported insurance savings associated with the addition of EVS to their airframe, however, we are not qualified to provide specific insurance information and therefore you should consult your insurance professional.
Max-Viz products produce a video signal that interfaces with RS-170/NTSC (basically black and white video) compatible displays. Max-Viz has effectively interfaced for display on PFD / PND, MFD and EFB as well as countless quality dedicated displays. Contact your authorized Max-Viz dealer or Max-Viz directly for additional details and to find out what display options are recommended with your EVS system or airframe. We have a solution that will work for you.
Give us a call at 866-662-9849 and ask for sales or contact us via email. The installation is easy, the learning curve is quick and the solution and answer are before you.