|DVE brownout conditions. Photo: Ensco Avionics
[Avionics Today 02-19-2016] Ensco Avionics SVS Core 2.0 3-D avionics display solution for Degraded Visual Environments (DVE), developed jointly with Lockheed Martin, is now available as a commercial product.
Operating in a DVE presents a major challenge to both military and civilian helicopter aircrews, according to Ensco. Although military operations are driving the research for a solution, civilian search and rescue, medivac, or helicopters that transport passengers to remote locations are just as likely to experience these conditions. Operators can experience brownout, whiteout, or similar obscuring conditions when maneuvering over or landing in sandy, dusty, snowy, or sea environments as the rotor downwash raises dense clouds of airborne particles.
Ensco Avionics’ DVE solution aims to offer increased situational awareness for flight crews in both brownout and whiteout conditions. The DVE solution enables crew to maintain situational awareness during reduced visibility in all weather conditions and situations, according to the company. The SVS Core solution is compatible with any avionics systems and is a software-only application.