Max-Viz, the Portland, Ore. designer and manufacturer of infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) for airborne applications, is at Heli-Expo 2009 with two new systems and information on emerging use of EVS to boost the safety of EMS operations. The FAA, NTSB and the EMS industry are evaluating EVS as a candidate technology for improving EMS night operation safety.
Choices that air medical operators will make about investing limited resources in safety equipment are price-sensitive. For this reason, enhanced-vision systems without night-vision goggles’ expensive recurrent training requirements may be seen as a more viable alternative by many EMS operators. However, in addition to choosing NVG or EVS, some HEMS operators are flying with both.
Overhauling the cryogenically cooled enhanced-vision system (EVS) installed in many newer Gulfstreams will set an operator back around $30,000–a cost many operators apparently didn’t realize they would be incurring. What’s worse, the overhaul interval for the delicate Kollsman infrared camera system spans just three years/1,500 hours. But this story, it would seem, has a happy ending.
West Star Aviation announced the completion of flight testing in a customer Challenger 604 of a Kollsman enhanced-vision system at the company’s Grand Junction, Colo. modification center.
Embraer has selected the Kollsman enhanced-vision system II (EVS II) from Elbit Systems of America for the Lineage 1000.
Embraer has selected the Kollsman enhanced-vision system II (EVS II) from Elbit Systems of America for the Lineage 1000. This avionics option will be offered in combination with Rockwell Collins’ head-up guidance system (HGS) 5600E.
Total Aircraft Services has announced the completion of icing tests for its CL-300 enhanced-vision system for the Bombardier Challenger 300. The company is now looking for a launch customer to complete the supplemental type certificate process for the system and is offering an unspecified but “substantial” discount off the projected $150,000 installed price.
Jetcraft Avionics (Booth No. 4293) reports it expects, by year-end, STC approval of the first retrofit installation of the Kollsman enhanced-vision system II (EVS II) on a Bombardier Challenger 604.
Gulfstream Aerospace is demonstrating its second-generation enhanced-vision system (EVS II) on its G150 experimental flight-test aircraft here at the NBAA Convention.
Infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) optimized to provide greater situational awareness for business aircraft are finding an increasing number of applications as evidenced by the activity reported by EVS suppliers exhibiting at NBAA’08.