L-3 Avionics Systems has received STC approval aboard the King Air C90 for its new Iris infrared imaging system for general aviation aircraft, along with FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval. The C90 is the first application for Iris, which a spokesperson said is generating “tremendous interest. We have installation and certification programs under way for many different platforms.”
The Iris enhanced-vision system displays a real-time gray scale image of the runway environment day or night, including other aircraft, people and obstacles. The barium strontium titanate detector provides 320- by 240-pixel clarity. L-3 claims it is immune to solar radiation and displays an uninterrupted, continuously calibrated image even during turns and maneuvers. Visitors can see demonstrations of the Iris system at L-3’s Booth No. 1646.