With the 1,500th enhanced vision system recently delivered, Elbit Systems (Booth 4246) has been at the forefront of this technology since the first Kollsman enhanced vision system (EVS) was developed in 2001. At this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., the company unveiled a number of developments as part of its ClearVision situational awareness enhancement range. Among the aims is to gain credits for landing with a 1,000-ft runway visual range (RVR), equating roughly to a 50-foot decision height.
Synthetic vision system
With the 1,500th enhanced vision system (EVS) recently delivered, Elbit Systems unveiled a number of developments as part of its ClearVision situational awareness enhancement range this week at NBAA 2014. Among the aims is to gain credits for landing with a 1,000-foot runway visual range (RVR), equating roughly to a 50-foot decision height.
Garmin has devised a stand-alone automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system that satisfies global ADS-B requirements, yet leverages existing avionics equipment to alleviate the need for expensive flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.
Shortly after the NBAA Convention exhibit hall opens this morning at 10 a.m., Universal Avionics Systems will unveil an ambitious new product line (at 11 a.m., Booth 273), an integrated flight deck–called InSight–that leverages the company’s avionics expertise and also vaults it into the ranks of manufacturers of full avionics suites for Part 25 business jets. A demonstration rig of the new flight deck is available in the booth, and NBAA attendees can also see the InSight system installed in Universal’s Citation VII at the Orlando Executive Airport static display.
If you’re not yet an iPad user, you might as well get used to touchscreen technology because that’s clearly where the industry is headed, and with good reason. Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion Touch upgrade is a case in point. Touchscreens reduce not only pilot workload, but also pilot head-down time, an especially important item in single-pilot operations. Fusion’s synthetic vision also improves situational awareness.
Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The G600 and the slightly smaller G500 were announced October 14 following a highly secretive five-year development program. A G500 already is assembled, taxiing and preparing for its first flight early next year.
The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS), has scheduled a public meeting for November 5 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The meeting requires in-person visitors to pre-register.
Ensco Avionics is demonstrating the IDataMap plug-in of its IData Windows-based modeling toolset at this year’s NBAA convention (Booth 4577). IDataMap is a digital moving-map generator that enables designers to quickly create prototypes of two-dimensional moving maps for safety-critical cockpit displays or in-flight entertainment applications.
Honeywell is continuing development of cockpit technology that makes pilots’ jobs easier and that will help in that most fundamental of piloting tasks, landing safely in poor weather. What is unique about Honeywell’s approach to this problem is that its researchers take advantage of existing hardware in the aircraft, using new software to make primary flight displays and multifunction displays (PFDs and MFDs) do a lot more work than they were designed for.
By aviation industry standards, Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch last week of its new G500 and G600 aircraft was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have already been in the works for five years since 2009. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. airframer has seen rival Dassault Falcon refresh its product range with the launch of the new Falcon 5X and 8X models, but Gulfstream insists that its focus has been on boosting choice and the value proposition of its own family of aircraft rather than seeking to keep up with competitors.
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