Lexavia, with a 20-year record of providing customized flight displays for civil and military aircraft, has become the newest player in the infrared enhanced vision system (EVS) marketplace. Examples of the new Lexavia Integrated Systems EVS offerings are being demonstrated at NBAA Booth No. 7922. The Pensacola, Fla.-based company has decided to direct its varied design and manufacturing resources toward a new approach to EVS marketing.
Max-Viz, a designer and manufacturer of enhanced vision systems (EVS) with uncooled infrared sensors for airborne applications, is at Heli-Expo’10 (Booth No. 1628) to talk about its helicopter applications. Last year was an exceptional year internationally for EVS, said v-p of sales Bill Harwood. He noted that Poland ordered 23 Max-Viz EVS-1500 systems for its EC135s.
Goodrich ISR Systems has been on the acquisition trail and some of the resulting technology is on display here at the Dubai Airshow (Stand W360). Best known for the DB-110 aerial sensor it has sold to six countries, the Goodrich unit is now marketing additional aerial sensors after buying Recon/Optical Inc. (ROI) last year.
Airborne Law Enforcement Services (ABLE) of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, Calif., will be the first customer for FLIR Systems’ Ultra 9HD airborne thermal imaging system. An Ultra 9HD mounted on one of ABLE’s EC 120s is on display at FLIR’s Heli-Expo booth (No. 3928).
An official at Dassault Falcon Jet revealed to AIN last month that the French airframe maker is negotiating with MaxVis of Portland, Ore., to develop an enhanced vision system (EVS) for Falcons equipped with HUD. The infrared package is to be a nose-mounted, uncooled, dual-frequency unit with a ±15-deg forward view matching the standard HUD conformal-viewing angle.
A “major bizjet manufacturer” will announce here at the NBAA show that it has selected CMC Electronics’ SureSight enhanced vision system (EVS) for inclusion on one or more of its aircraft, according to a spokesman.
MaxVis Inc., a new company established in Portland, Ore., has thrown its hat into the enhanced vision system (EVS) ring, where competition is heating up. EVS units are add-ons to head-up displays (HUD) and use infrared sensors to “see” through cloud and fog to provide an almost photographic quality image on the HUD of the situation ahead, far beyond the pilot’s visual range.
Darkened streets, tops of buildings and open areas at night–once the bane of police forces–are no longer safe refuges for lawbreakers as increasing numbers of law-enforcement aviation units adopt infrared technology for covert criminal surveillance, tracking and subsequent capture. AIN recently visited FLIR Systems, one of the world’s leading infrared equipment developers and manufacturers, at its facility in Portland, Ore.
CMC Electronics is showcasing its newest Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB), specifically designed for military helicopters and called TacView. The 5- by 7-inch flat-panel unit is being demonstrated at the CMC booth (No. 2424) with imagery from CMC’s uncooled infrared sensor-based enhanced-vision system. The night-vision- goggle-compatible TacView is a derivative of CMC’s PilotView EFB for civil applications.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority chose Craig Airport for a Florida Department of Transportation program to test a system that will visually monitor day and night airport operations for security and to enhance airport operations. The Integrated GA Airport Security System (IGASS) uses infrared cameras to detect aircraft movements and monitor perimeter security.