Gulfstream Develops Production Enhanced Vision System, Completes Proof-Of-Concept Flights
GULFSTREAM DEVELOPS PRODUCTION ENHANCED VISION SYSTEM, COMPLETES PROOF-OF-CONCEPT FLIGHTS
EVS Provisions Being Installed in Production Aircraft -- Becomes Standard Equipment on New Gulfstream V-SP
NBAA, New Orleans, Oct. 10, 2000 -- Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has successfully completed Enhanced Vision System (EVS) proof-of-concept testing on the Gulfstream V. The tests, which were conducted with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this summer, included more than 100 successful approaches in a variety of weather conditions.
The latest round of flight tests confirm software and hardware modifications for the production configuration and pave the way for certification testing to begin in the first quarter of 2001.
"The Enhanced Vision System is proving to be a very beneficial device in the cockpit. It sets a new standard for safety," said Pres Henne, senior vice president of programs at Gulfstream. "Gulfstream is seeing significant customer interest in EVS and the system will become standard equipment on the new Gulfstream V-SP."
The EVS is a pioneering system that produces an infrared image displayed on the pilot's head-up display (HUD). The system will greatly enhance the safety and utility of Gulfstream aircraft during landings in poor weather and in avoiding terrain in low visibility conditions.
EVS, for use exclusively on Gulfstream aircraft, incorporates a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera, manufactured by Kollsman, which projects an infrared real-world image on the Honeywell visual guidance system.
The image provides the pilot with the ability to see through fog and darkness, avoid terrain, and safely land the aircraft at airports with very low visibility conditions. The cryogenically cooled sensor used on the EVS is particularly sensitive to the infrared radiation content of standard runway lights.
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