Certification flight tests of PC-12 EVS to start next month

 - October 4, 2006, 4:13 AM

Pilatus has flown a PC-12 with a CMC Electronics infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) sensor mounted in the nose and looking through the propeller. After engineers determined that the installation could indeed be certified, Pilatus gave the green light to start certification flights next month with the goal of adding the EVS package to the production line early next year. The EVS image would be displayed on an electronic flight bag portable computer, according to a spokes-man, who added that the list price for the avionics option will likely be between $90,000 and $100,000. Pilatus has made no decision about offering EVS as a retrofit for in-service airplanes, the spokesman said.