Hawker Beechcraft, Max-Viz donation gives K-State avionics students hands on experience with infrared technology

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Hawker Beechcraft, Max-Viz donation gives

K-State avionics students hands on experience with infrared technology

Natalie Blair

K-State Salina

Salina, Kan., (November 2011) -

The donation of an infrared camera from Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Max-Viz will provide students in Kansas State University Salina's avionic program the opportunity to train using the latest technology.

Lou Churchville, vice president of business development for Max-Viz, provided Hawker Beechcraft Corporation with the camera after hearing of the need from John Kraft, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation manager of advanced technologies and member of K-State Salina's industry advisory board.

The Max-Viz EVS-1000 camera allows pilots to see more clearly using infrared technology.

"Our avionics students are going to see this equipment in the industry, so getting experience with it in the classroom will be an advantage to them once they enter the workforce," said Raylene Alexander, assistant professor of aviation and avionics program lead.

This is not the first time Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has partnered with K-State. In 2009, K-State's King Air C90 was used to help determine the ideal placement of the camera on a King Air.

"Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Max-Viz have generously made an invaluable contribution to K-State students' education," said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head. "Having the EVS-1000 brings our avionics program to another level."

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K-State is an elite Top 5 aviation university. Located on the Salina campus adjacent to a 12,000-foot runway, the program has a modern fleet of more than 40 learning aircraft and more Master Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or university in the country. K-State Salina offers affordable degrees in aircraft maintenance, professional pilot, technology management and engineering technology. Certificate programs are available in air traffic control, airframe and powerplant, airport management, avionics maintenance technology and unmanned aerial systems. More information on K-State aviation programs is available at www.salina.k-state.edu/aviation.

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The Salina Airport Authority has developed the premier airport and industrial center in the Midwest. The board of directors and staff are proactive in providing the citizens of Salina, Saline County and North Central Kansas with a center that support business and industry, which, in turn, provides jobs and payroll that benefit the region.

The Salina Airport Authority is home to the Salina Municipal Airport, the Salina Aviation Service Center and the Salina Airport Industrial Center.

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