Kollsman, the company that invented the first sensitive barometric altimeter in 1928 and the first enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Gulfstream V in 2001, received a big gift on its 75th birthday. The company announced last month that it received an order from FedEx for its all-weather window EVS. The order represents the first EVS destined for the commercial air transport market.
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.
Enhanced-vision system (EVS) makers Forward Vision and Max-Viz have announced a joint venture to bring lower-cost infrared products to the general aviation market. A repackaged version of the Max-Viz EVS-100 will be the first manifestation of the alliance when the $15,000 forward-looking sensor goes on sale early next year.
In the world’s first major commitment to head-up display and enhanced vision technology by a civil operator, Federal Express announced late last year that it would equip its whole widebody fleet with the new equipment. The HUDs, to be supplied by Honeywell, will incorporate enhanced vision systems built by Kollsman. These two companies provide the HUD/EVS combinations currently being offered by Gulfstream in its G350, G450 and G550.
Boeing Business Jets said enhanced-vision system (EVS) capability is coming to the BBJ, but the technology will be offered as a retrofit both for new and in-service airplanes. In other words, buyers of new BBJs seeking to add EVS must first take delivery of their airplane before sending it to an installation center to add the EVS camera system at a cost of between $500,000 and $750,000 for the hardware alone.
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.
Head-up display (HUD) manufacturers have carved a respectable niche for themselves in the business aviation realm in the last decade or so, but if the marketing gurus at Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics are right the technology could be on the verge of entering the segment’s mainstream, at least in larger jets.
Speaking at an Embry-Riddle seminar on the future of aviation maintenance in late May, an engineer for L-3 Avionics Systems seemed to indicate the company is conducting research into a new type of enhanced-vision system (EVS) that could sell for a fraction of the price of current cooled and uncooled sensor technology.
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