G650 sets bar higher with EVAS
EVAS Worldwide recently delivered its first set of prototype cockpit smoke protection units for the new Gulfstream G650 to the Gulfstream factory in Savannah, Georgia. Engineering and design teams are working to ensure that the EVAS systems are ready and integrated for the G650 test, prototype and production conforming aircraft.
The G650, due to enter service in the second half of 2012, will have the Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) as standard equipment, allowing pilots to see in continuous dense smoke. The G650 will be the first factory-delivered aircraft to meet FAR Part 25 recommended standards for cockpit smoke (AC 25.9a).
Until now, aircraft manufacturers have chosen the minimum standard over the FAA’s recommended standard. FAR Part 25 advisory materials recommend that aircraft be built with systems to address continuous smoke. In fact, the FAA’s own aircraft were retrofitted with the EVAS system in order to raise them to recommended standards.
“Finally, after more than 15 years since the FAA recommended smoke protection, Gulfstream will make it standard,” said EVAS COO Jonathan Parker. EVAS is the only cockpit smoke protection system that is certified to effectively defend against heavy and continuous smoke emergencies in the cockpit. EVAS is certified for use in dozens of aircraft types by the FAA, EASA, Transport Canada and China’s CAAC.
EVAS is manufactured by VisionSafe and sold by EVAS Worldwide of Mahwah, New Jersey, which recently delivered the 100th set of EVAS units to a European aircraft. More than 3,500 units are in service worldwide in more than 50 aircraft types.
As it has at previous EBACE shows, EVAS is performing smoke demonstrations here in Booth No. 533.