The adoption of infrared imaging enhanced vision systems (EVS) in rotary-wing applications has been slow because of a common misconception, that night safety is an “either/or” choice between EVS or night-vision goggles (NVG). So suggests Chuck Crompton, business development director for Lexavia Integrated Systems, Pensacola, Fla., adding that using the two technologies in combination may provide the best of both possible worlds.
The FAA issued operational certification for the Dassault Falcon 7X enhanced vision system (EVS), which will allow pilots who have completed the required training to receive operational credit for lower IFR approaches. The 7X EVS allows pilots to descend as low as 100 feet above threshold elevation, equivalent to Category II minimums, according to Dassault Falcon.
Dassault Falcon received FAA operational certification for the Falcon 7X’s enhanced vision system (EVS) late last week. The real-time head-up display (HUD) of terrain and airport environment–which increases pilot situational awareness in low-visibility situations such as in fog, haze, snow or at night–was approved by the EASA in July.
NASA has awarded a $1.2 million contract to Honeywell and Gulfstream for an 11-month test program of synthetic- and enhanced-vision systems (ESVS) technologies in business jet cockpits. The program’s overall research goal is to use SVS and EVS views for “equivalent visual operations,” a key initiative in the FAA’s plan for NextGen.
Honeywell has given the aviation world its first glimpse of a cockpit technology that developers say will change the way future pilots aviate by combining the views of a synthetic-vision database of obstacles, topography and airports with a forward-looking infrared camera.
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.
Honeywell has given the aviation world its first glimpse of a cockpit technology that developers say will change the way future pilots aviate by combining the views of a synthetic-vision database of obstacles, topography and airports with a forward-looking infrared camera on a single cockpit display.
Max-Viz, the Portland, Ore.-area infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) manufacturer, and One Sky Aviation of Anchorage, Alaska, have teamed to offer a minimum 25-percent discount off the suggested retail price for Max-Viz EVS sensors (100/600/1500) and certified STC installation kits to Alaska Air Carriers Association and Alaska Airmen’s Association members for the remainder of this year in response to a recent spike in accidents.
Hawker Beechcraft has added the MaxViz EVS-1500 enhanced-vision system to its parts and distribution order system for operators of King Air 200 and 300 twin turboprops. The approval allows operators of in-service King Airs to install the infrared camera for viewing in the cockpit on video-capable displays.
One Sky Aviation, a maintenance and repair center based in Anchorage, Alaska, received an STC permitting installations of the Max-Viz EVS-1500 enhanced-vision system aboard the Eurocopter AS350 and EC130. The initial installation was performed by One Sky Aviation in an EC130 operated by Nelson AeroDynamiX of Traverse City, Mich., and owned by Dick DeVos, the son of billionaire Amway founder Richard DeVos. “Mr.