Kollsman EVS II displayed through a HUD. JPG: Kollsman EVS II displayed looking thru a Head Up Display (HUD) on approach to an airport with the fog seen in the aircraft windshield around the HUD.
Challenger 604 with certified Kollsman EVS II.JPG: Challenger 604 business jet with the certified Kollsman EVS II see on the nose.
Merrimack, New Hampshire, June 27, 2013 – Elbit Systems of America, LLC, (ESA) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., announced that the FAA issued ESA’s Commercial Aviation - Kollsman business unit a “lower landing credit” approved Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Kollsman Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) on the Challenger 604. This STC includes the Kollsman EVS II and the brand new Kollsman Advanced Technology Head-Up Display (AT-HUD™).The lightweight/compact combined system allows Challenger 604 owners a host of operational benefits granted by the FAA including lower landing credits.
The Kollsman EFVS allows pilots to safely taxi, take-off, and land in total darkness, fog, rain, snow, smoke, and other reduced visibility conditions. Under FAR 91.175 a certified EFVS allows a pilot to descend below decision height (DH/DA) on most airports regardless of ground-based infrastructure. This benefit applies to both precision and non-precision approaches for business jets and commercial aircraft. The results are an increase in safety and a significant reduction in flight operation delays providing the FAA a cornerstone in their “aircraft centric” Next Gen Aerospace plan.
Commenting on this milestone, Elbit Systems of America President and CEO, Raanan Horowitz, stated, “Since the development and certification of the first EVS, our Enhanced Vision Systems have offered the aviation industry increased flexibility and safety. We are proud to have certified a complete EFVS (HUD and EVS) solution for the Challenger retrofit market and look forward to continuing our legacy in commercial aviation.”
Commercial Aviation-Kollsman leads the industry in Enhanced Vision technology certifying the first EVS in 2001. The Kollsman EVS is certified and installed on 13 aircraft models including business jets and Part 121 aircraft with over 1,200 systems delivered to date. Commercial Aviation-Kollsman and Jetcraft (a major Kollsman EFVS distributor) joined forces to market and sell the Kollsman EVS II and AT-HUD™ to the retrofit business jet segment of the aviation industry. Jetcraft secured the launch customer for the CL-604 certification effort and has proven a valuable ally in promoting the benefits of Enhanced Vision.
About Elbit Systems of America, LLC
Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems-us.com.
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services. For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems.com.