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Gulfstream Awarded EASA EVS Approval

By Tish Drake | August 27, 2008
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Gulfstream Aerospace was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for all of its aircraft equipped with its Enhanced Vision System (EVS) to obtain operational credit for continuing approaches to 100 feet. The Gulfstream EVS uses a forward-looking infrared camera to project a real-world image on the pilot’s Head-Up Display, which provides increased awareness in low-visibility conditions. EU-OPS rule 1.430(h), the European equivalent of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.175, requires pilots using instrument approach procedures to be able to visually see the approach lights and runway environment from a predetermined distance in order to proceed with landing. With EVS, that distance has been reduced to 100 feet, because the pilot can use the visual cues EVS supplies, Gulfstream said. Also, Gulfstream received validation from EASA to install the upgraded version of its Enhanced Vision System (EVS II) on any of its four in-production large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft models. Starting late this year, EVS II will be standard on Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range G550 and long-range G450, and as an option on the G500 and G350.

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