Gulfstream's Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II and Head-Up Display (HUD) II for the G280 has been certified by FAA, the airframe manufacturer said Thursday. The FAA certification means the enhanced flight vision system, which has been integrated with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics and HUD II, provides operational credit. G280 aircraft equipped with the systems can land in weather conditions that would be prohibitive for non-equipped aircraft.
“The addition of EVS II/HUD II as an option for the G280 enhances the PlaneView280 flight deck, already the most advanced in its class,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “EVS and HUD work together to dramatically increase a pilot’s situational awareness at night and during low-visibility conditions. The end result is improved safety in nearly any weather.”
EVS II captures actual, real-time images of an aircraft’s surroundings using an infrared camera mounted in the nose. The HUD II uses a LCD to project images onto a transparent combiner in the pilot’s forward field of view, and integrates the images with flight guidance information.
EVS II/HUD II is now available as an option on new G280s and as a retrofit on in-service aircraft. The systems are a standard feature on Gulfstream’s in-production large-cabin aircraft, the G650, G550 and G450. EVS II with a Head-Down Display is available as an option on the in-production, mid-cabin G150.
EVS II earned FAA approval in late 2007. It is 22 pounds lighter than the original and has four times the computational power and memory.