Honeywell has started flight testing a technology that merges the view of an infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) with that of a synthetic-vision system (SVS) to give pilots a new way of seeing the world at night or in poor visibility.
Honeywell has started flight testing a technology that merges the view of an infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) with that of a synthetic-vision system (SVS) to give pilots a new way of seeing the world at night or in poor visibility. The company said this week that it has completed about 25 hours of evaluations in a Cessna Citation V and a Sovereign fitted with forward-looking IR sensors and its SmartView SVS.
Gulfstream Aerospace last week marked the service entry of the 500th Gulfstream outfitted with the manufacturer’s enhanced vision system (EVS). This milestone was reached eight years after the Savannah, Ga.-based company began offering the flight-deck safety technology to large-cabin Gulfstream operators.
Gulfstream Aerospace received FAA certification to use the second-generation Gulfstream enhanced-vision system (EVS II) on the midsize G150. The system is available for both new and in-service G150s, Gulfstream said. Using an infrared camera mounted in the airplane’s nose, the EVS II projects real-time images of the aircraft’s surroundings on a multifunction display.
Bombardier last month said its Global business jets have gained European operational credit for approaches to a 100-foot decision height when pilots use infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) and head-up displays. The approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency follows similar endorsements from Transport Canada and the FAA.
RotorWay International, which aired plans on Sunday to build and certify a two-place turbine helicopter, on Monday announced the addition of an infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) as a standard factory option for both RotorWay’s A600 Talon kit-built helicopter and the new unnamed Rolls-Royce 300-powered model.
Precise Flight of Bend, Ore., has received a supplemental type certificate for an L-3 Communications Iris infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) and its own high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting kit colocated in the nose of Bell 206 and 407 helicopters.
Max-Viz, the Portland, Ore. designer and manufacturer of infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) for airborne applications, is at Heli-Expo 2009 with two new systems and information on emerging use of EVS to boost the safety of EMS operations. The FAA, NTSB and the EMS industry are evaluating EVS as a candidate technology for improving EMS night operation safety.
Choices that air medical operators will make about investing limited resources in safety equipment are price-sensitive. For this reason, enhanced-vision systems without night-vision goggles’ expensive recurrent training requirements may be seen as a more viable alternative by many EMS operators. However, in addition to choosing NVG or EVS, some HEMS operators are flying with both.
Overhauling the cryogenically cooled enhanced-vision system (EVS) installed in many newer Gulfstreams will set an operator back around $30,000–a cost many operators apparently didn’t realize they would be incurring. What’s worse, the overhaul interval for the delicate Kollsman infrared camera system spans just three years/1,500 hours. But this story, it would seem, has a happy ending.