Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded its list of aircraft that are U.S. FAA-approved to use its enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) for touchdown and rollout without the pilot using natural vision to view the runway. The most recent approvals for the EFVS credit are for the G650/650ER, G550, and G450.
With this latest round, all of the Savannah, Georgia manufacturer’s certified in-production models, as well as the out-of-production G450, can now use the EFVS for landing. The authorizations come on the heels of similar approvals for the new large-cabin G500 in December and for the super-midsize G280 in April.
Gulfstream (Chalet 602) expects to achieve FAA signoff for the ultra-long-range G600 once it that twinjet is certified. The G600, which is making its Paris Air Show debut this year (Static C1), is expected to receive type certification later this month.
According to Gulfstream, the approvals will enable nearly 1,500 in-service Gulfstream aircraft to use EFVS for touchdown and rollout. “EFVS greatly reduces the possibility of runway incidents, puts aircraft and passengers on the ground faster, and saves fuel,” said Colin Miller, senior v-p of innovation, engineering, and flight.
EFVS combines a Kollsman cooled forward-looking infrared camera—enhanced vision system—and a Collins Aerospace head-up display, providing improved visibility in conditions such as haze, smog, fog, and darkness. Operators must undergo training and obtain a letter of authorization from the FAA to use the EFVS for landing. Offered as an option on the G280, the EFVS system is standard on all in-production large-cabin Gulfstreams, and it was standard on the G450 as well. The visibility limitation for EFVS-to-land is 1,000 RVR.