Bombardier has completed flight development testing of its enhanced vision system (EVS), a HUD-coupled package that uses a CMC Electronics infrared sensor and head-up display manufactured by Thales. The system has started certification flight testing, a regimen that Bombardier said will result in an amendment to the Global Express type certificate in next year’s first quarter.
Notching an important contract win, CMC Electronics announced last month that it has been selected to provide the infrared (IR) camera/sensor package for the Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics integrated EVS/HUD in the Dassault Falcon line, ending months of speculation about which supplier would land the coveted contract.
Max-Viz said it has gained an STC permitting installations of the company’s EVS-1000 infrared enhanced-vision system series in the Cessna Citation 500 through 560XL. Max-Viz president Jim Tuttle said the EVS image can be shown on a variety of cockpit displays, including the flat-panel units from Innovative Solutions & Support that Cessna has selected for a Citation cockpit upgrade program.
CMC Electronics unveiled the third generation of its SureSight enhanced-vision system (EVS) at the show, taking the wraps off the CMA-2700 infrared camera. Bombardier has selected the system for the Global Express XRS and 5000, which will be integrated with an LCD-based HUD from Rockwell Collins that is also coming to the models. The EVS will replace the Global’s current CMA-2600 EVS, which will continue flying aboard EVS-equipped Falcons.
It’s the sort of problem that any avionics equipment supplier would be happy to have. With a current backlog of some 36 systems, Gulfstream has asked Kollsman of Merrimack, N.H., to increase production of the company’s infrared-sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS), now certified in a variety of Gulfstreams.
Might a civil helicopter be next in line to benefit from an infrared-sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS)? Max-Viz, of Portland, Ore.–formed two years ago to develop and market EVS for business jets–reports fast-growing interest in the concept among helicopter operators and OEMs attending last month’s Heli-Expo convention in Dallas.
Following the introduction of the Kollsman enhanced vision system (EVS) into its entire family of large-cabin business jets, Gulfstream reports it has started exploring the feasibility of bringing the technology down to the super-midsize G200 (formerly the Galaxy). Strong demand for EVS in the larger airplanes indicates that such a system would be welcome by G200 customers and operators as well, said Gulfstream president Bryan Moss.
Bombardier has started flying an enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Global Express. The infrared-based EVS, being provided by Thales Avionics and CMC Electronics, is scheduled for certification in 2005, after which it will be standard equipment on new Global Express and Global 5000 jets, as well as being available for retrofit.
The FAA has approved the enhanced vision system (EVS) recently installed in a Gulfstream V flight simulator at FlightSafety’s Savannah, Ga. training center. The first pilots have completed EVS training in the level-D simulator and at press time were preparing to fly the real thing.
The addition of a signal splitter to the forward-looking infrared camera system in the nose of the Gulfstream V now allows operators to add a small video display in the cockpit showing the same enhanced vision system (EVS) image the pilot sees through the HUD. Intended for use by the copilot as an aid to situational awareness, the optional equipment includes a 5.6-inch Rosen LCD and is priced at $24,000.