ANCHORAGE – “It’s all about getting home safely,” said Carey Foster, owner of One Sky Aviation. “Not about launching into bad weather.”
Actually, as a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) he’s shepherding the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) process for Max-Viz on Super Cubs.
The challenge in this application is the limited panel space. In aircraft with wider cockpits, a dedicated display is an easier, but not easy, fit. In the Super Cub, panel space comes at a premium.
“The AvMap works perfectly in this application,” said Cary. “The AvMap has the ability to display what the Max-Viz sees, without a dedicated display.”
Most of the time, a pilot will have GPS navigation data on the AvMap display. But if the weather takes a turn for the worse, getting safely on the ground becomes paramount. With the push of one button, the Max-Viz EVS imagery takes over the display.
In addition, it is an affordable solution compared to other EVS-only displays that cost upwards of $3,500. And you still have the panel space issue.
The STC is still in process but One Sky has a healthy track record of completing the process for other products and applications, so it will only be a matter of time.
To be sure, the Max-Viz/AvMap combo is not cheap (priced at $19,000 from One Sky Aviation), but what price do you put on being able to fly another day?