Forward Vision Moving Forward
Forward Vision of Russell, Pa., is working on a King Air 90 STC for its low-cost infrared enhanced vision system, according to company co-owner Patrick Farrell. Its EVS uses an uncooled barium-strontium-titanate infrared sensor that is immune to heat and sun damage. At EAA AirVenture last week, Farrell announced a special price of $9,995 for the next 100 units sold, which is $5,000 less than the current price and $10,000 less than the price when the system was introduced in August 2004. “We’re now treading into the certified market,” said Farrell. “Two OEMs are evaluating the system,” and interested OEMs have asked Forward Vision to add a memory module that could save the EVS video from the last half hour of a flight. Currently, Forward Vision’s system can be installed on experimental aircraft or using an FAA field approval but only for use as an advisory information system. The EVS works on a separate LCD screen in the cockpit, although the video will play on any monitor capable of analog video input.