Gulfstream last month took a big step toward obtaining approval for the synthetic-vision primary flight display (SV-PFD) and upgraded enhanced-vision system (EVS II) in its top models by concluding several months of flight testing and handing over to the FAA reams of certification documentation.
Bombardier has completed flight development testing of its enhanced vision system (EVS), a HUD-coupled package that uses a CMC Electronics infrared sensor and head-up display manufactured by Thales. The system has started certification flight testing, a regimen that Bombardier said will result in an amendment to the Global Express type certificate in next year’s first quarter.
Following the introduction of the Kollsman enhanced vision system (EVS) into its entire family of large-cabin business jets, Gulfstream reports it has started exploring the feasibility of bringing the technology down to the super-midsize G200 (formerly the Galaxy). Strong demand for EVS in the larger airplanes indicates that such a system would be welcome by G200 customers and operators as well, said Gulfstream president Bryan Moss.
In an experiment reminiscent of Jimmy Doolittle’s trailblazing instrument blind flight in 1929, researchers at Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) have conducted a full takeoff and landing flight of their testbed fly-by-wire Bell 205 helicopter controlled by a pilot completely “under the hood” and receiving all his visual cues via a helmet-mounted enhanced synthetic vision system (ESVS).
Gulfstream last month received certification approval to start installations of the long-awaited enhanced vision system (EVS) in the GV line. The Savannah, Ga. business jet maker expects to wrap up the first commercial installation of EVS by the end of the winter, after which it will concentrate on gaining approval authority for EVS installations in the GIV series and GV-SP.
Enhanced-vision system (EVS) manufacturer Max-Viz is in Atlanta this week at Booth No. 1501 unveiling three new systems, including an application of its dual-sensor system integrated with Rockwell Collins’ head-up display (HUD) on the Boeing Business Jet for landing credits.
Rockwell Collins’ new HGS-5860 is the first head-up display (HUD) system with an LCD projector to be certified on a business jet–Dassault’s Falcon 7X. At EBACE yesterday, Rockwell Collins also announced that Gulfstream has selected the HGS-6000 HUD as standard equipment on the G450 and G550 and as an option on the remainder of its model line. Entry into service for Gulfstream’s version of the Rockwell Collins HUD is expected in 2009.
Situational awareness is fundamental to safe flight. Cockpit instruments can provide precise indications of an airplane’s position and trajectory, but once the world outside grows too dark, cloudy or foggy to see, pilots must rely on the safety margins built into IFR procedures to maintain safe separation from the ground.
In the world’s first major commitment to head-up display and enhanced vision technology by a civil operator, Federal Express announced late last year that it would equip its whole widebody fleet with the new equipment. The HUDs, to be supplied by Honeywell, will incorporate enhanced vision systems built by Kollsman. These two companies provide the HUD/EVS combinations currently being offered by Gulfstream in its G350, G450 and G550.
An international technical consortium has completed trials on a new head-up display (HUD) that allows helicopter pilots to view the display through night-vision goggles (NVGs) and allows “virtually unlimited” head movement.