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FAA Certifies Gulfstream Synthetic Vision System

By Tish Drake | February 5, 2008
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Gulfstream Aerospace said it has become the first Part 25 OEM to have a FAA-certified synthetic vision system. In late 2007 and early 2008, FAA certified the Gulfstream Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) system and Gulfstream’s second generation Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II. The certifications are approved for applications on Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and G550 business jet aircraft. As a result of these certifications, Gulfstream is also the first OEM to provide its customers with both enhanced and synthetic vision systems. "The combination of EVS with SV-PFD brings a whole new level of safety to the flight deck,“ said Pres Henne, senior vice president, programs, engineering and test, Gulfstream. “The effect of using both systems simultaneously provides an unmatched magnitude of pilot situational awareness and a flight path that is always visible, regardless of the conditions outside the cockpit window.” The Gulfstream SV-PFD displays three-dimensional, color terrain images derived from data stored in the Honeywell Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System. The Gulfstream EVS II provides real-time images detected by an infrared camera mounted to the nose of the aircraft and viewed by the pilot on the Head-Up Display (HUD). Additionally, the EVS II confirms the validity of all of the terrain and airport images projected on the SV-PFD.

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