Jetcraft Avionics Announces First Installation of EFVS On Pre-Owned Aircraft

The installation began mid-August, and FAA certification is anticipated by year-end.

This is generally equated to but not strictly the same as the existing FAA rule in which appropriately certified aircraft can proceed to 100 feet height above terrain (HAT) before seeing with the human eye the required visual cues, greatly increasing the aircraft’s operational flexibility and chance of a successful landing at the desired airport.

The Kollsman Enhanced Vision System design has won numerous aviation and business awards for pioneering EVS products. Elbit Systems of America’s Vision Based Cockpit, which includes the EVS II displayed on a Head Up Display (HUD), provides customers with a key component of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Traffic System (NextGen). Anticipated FAA changes for Part 121 and 135 operators to harmonize with the new EASA rule are expected soon to support the NextGen implementation.

FAA in its NextGen video calls EFVS “one of the cornerstones of NextGen.” According to the June 2008 NextGen Implementation report, “Airspace and taxi constraints can limit the use of available runway capacity and cause unnecessary delay, fuel burn and emissions, and noise. Enhanced flight vision, lowering minimum decision height” is listed among improvements that will help with runway capacity. EFVS allows pilots to fly the most efficient route, even in most poor visibility, and land as planned, which represents huge environmental benefits from reduced fuel emissions and noise as well as significant savings in fuel costs.

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