Enhanced Vision System Coming to BBJs

 - January 12, 2007, 4:46 AM

Boeing Business Jets and avionics maker Rockwell Collins disclosed Tuesday that they are planning to introduce an enhanced vision system (EVS) option for the BBJ. The option will be available on new BBJs and as a retrofit. Certification is expected by early next year. BBJ operators that opt for the EVS will require an upgrade to their HGS 4000, as well as the infrared camera. Boeing Business Jets said the anticipated installed cost of the EVS is in the $500,000 to $750,000 range, depending on the head-up display model currently installed in the airplane. The EVS presents an image of the external environment on the HGS to enhance pilot situational awareness of terrain and the airport environment in low-visibility situations. “When displayed on the HGS, EVS allows the pilot to descend below minimums, if the visual references to the intended runway are visible using the EVS,” Boeing Business Jets said.