Thales Avionics has completed the first round of assessments of infrared sensors from “potential partners” that the company said could be incorporated with the enhanced vision system (EVS) in development for the French firm’s Head-up Flight Display System (HFDS). Thales plans to make a final supplier selection in “the very near future,” pending additional rounds of tests and a commitment from a launch customer.
MaxVis Inc., a new company established in Portland, Ore., has thrown its hat into the enhanced vision system (EVS) ring, where competition is heating up. EVS units are add-ons to head-up displays (HUD) and use infrared sensors to “see” through cloud and fog to provide an almost photographic quality image on the HUD of the situation ahead, far beyond the pilot’s visual range.
Cessna has selected Max-Viz of Portland, Ore. to provide its dual IR sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS) as an option aboard the Citation X and Sovereign. The company’s EVS-2000 will be offered beginning next year on new Citation Xs and Sovereigns, as well as for retrofit in Citation Xs already in service.
Kollsman, the Merrimack, N.H. company that developed civil aviation’s first certified enhanced vision system (EVS), last month unveiled its latest IR-based EVS product, called Night Window. Targeted at operators seeking a lower-cost way to improve situational awareness, Night Window uses an uncooled IR camera to provide images on a raster HUD or MFD in VFR night or day operations.
L-3 Avionics Systems last month announced receipt of an approved model list (AML) STC and parts manufacturing approval that covers installation of the Iris infrared imaging system in many King Air 90/200/300-series turboprops.
Gulfstream Aerospace has successfully installed a certified and fully operational Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on an in-service Air Force C-37A military version of the Gulfstream V. The EVS, jointly developed with Kollsman, Inc., is already being installed in a second C-37A and additional aircraft are scheduled to be retrofitted in the coming months.
Gulfstream has installed the first production enhanced vision system (EVS) on an in-service U.S. Air Force C-37A (the military version of the Gulfstream V).
Rockwell Collins will integrate an infrared sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Boeing Business Jet and other 737 models using Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics head-up displays (HUD).
Montreal-based CMC Electronics has delivered the first complete enhanced vision system (EVS) to Bombardier for flight testing aboard the Global Express. CMC’s SureSight I-series EVS infrared sensor will be integrated with a Thales Avionics HUD. The system will be installed as standard equipment on the Global Express and offered as an option on the Global 5000.
Kollsman, the company that invented the first sensitive barometric altimeter in 1928 and the first enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Gulfstream V in 2001, received a big gift on its 75th birthday. The company announced last month that it received an order from FedEx for its all-weather window EVS. The order represents the first EVS destined for the commercial air transport market.