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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pilatus Provides a Better View with New EVS

Pilatus PC-12 EVS Sensor

Pilatus PC-12 EVS Sensor. Photo: Pilatus

[Avionics Today 08-19-2014] Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC) has been granted a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the recently developed Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS). 

PCC chose the Lexavia LFS6000 EVS Sensor as the heart of the system, which is available with either 320 x 240 resolution or 640 x 480 resolutions. The sensor provides real time enhanced vision capability during instances of darkness, smoke, bad weather and other limited visibility situations, allowing pilots to identify terrain, structures, vehicles and other aircraft on and near runways. According to PCC, the sensor is located at a precise point on the PC-12 to provide an accurate pilot point-of-view image.
 
PCC’s STC currently applies to the next generation PC-12 model, using the factory-installed Honeywell APEX MFD and optional video input system. The currently pending second issuance of the STC will add Legacy PC-12 models that are previously or concurrently equipped with compatible MFDs.
 
“PC-12s fitted with the appropriate OEM equipment and MFDs can be equipped with our EVS system, including parts and labor, for between $51,000 and $69,000, depending on the customer’s choice of sensor and controller. Installation is relatively simple with minimal alteration of the aircraft,” said Steve Davey, PCC’s executive vice president and COO.
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