Rockwell Collins Enhanced Vision System (EVS) was certified last week by FAA on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), an Air National Guard C-40, the companies announced Monday at the NBAA convention in Atlanta. The Rockwell Collins EVS is available to current and future BBJ operators as a post-production modification.
The EVS system uses an infrared sensor to improve the pilots' view of the runway in various conditions including bad weather. This aids pilots to avoid terrain and clearly identify the runway, including any obstructions, early in the approach. It also assists pilots with "black hole" approaches to airports not equipped with precision landing aids and with landing and maneuvering at unfamiliar airports.
"I had the pleasure of flying several of the flights during the EVS development flight-test program with the Air National Guard and the Rockwell Collins team. That experience gave me the chance to see the EVS advantages first hand," said Steve Taylor, Boeing Business Jets president. "Given the variety of destinations visited by most BBJ operators, the improved situational awareness that EVS provides can be a great advantage."
Installation of the EVS system on BBJs requires that the airplanes receive an upgrade to the HGS 4000, a modified radome, and the infrared camera.
The EVS system will be demonstrated on the Air National Guard BBJ at DeKalb Peachtree Airport during the National Business Aviation Association convention, Oct. 19-22, 2010.