Avionics Update: Thales throws hat into EVS ring

 - May 29, 2008, 8:16 AM

Thales Avionics, the French firm that changed its name from Sextant Avionique last year, announced last month that it will design and certify an enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Head-Up Flight Display System (HFDS) that was certified by the FAA in September. The avionics manufacturer thus becomes the fourth entrant in the EVS development arena, joining Kollsman/Gulfstream, CMC Electronics and Max-Viz. A Thales spokeswoman said the company is actively courting Bombardier, which is planning to make EVS available for the Global Express. The Thales HUD is now offered as an option in the Global Express. Few details were available at the time of Thales’ announcement at last month’s NBAA Convention, but company spokespeople said the EVS sensor would be an infrared camera system and that the price would be “competitive.” Currently the only certified EVS–and the only active OEM program in progress–is the $500,000 Kollsman system married to the Honeywell 2020 HUD for the GV.