Hawker Beechcraft Inc. (HBC) has selected Forward Vision Systems, Inc.’s EVS-100 and -600 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for installation on its Bonanza and Baron models.
In addition to HBC making EVS technology an option on factory-new airplanes, Forward Vision will offer STC-approved systems to the Bonanzas and Barons already in service in the US and around the world.
“This technology enhances the safety of flight and situational awareness by providing pilots an infrared camera-generated image that literally turns darkness into daylight,” said Shawn Vick, HBC executive vice president.
EVS systems — commonly known as infrared or thermal imaging cameras — present a real-time picture outside the cockpit to offer the pilot a view that penetrates haze, fog, smoke and precipitation 8 to 10 times farther than the unaided human eye, according to Forward Vision officials. It requires no programming or interpretation and permits pilots to see animals or unlit obstacles during nighttime taxi and takeoff. In flight, pilots can use EVS to avoid clouds, fly between layers, and note detailed ground features out of the night landscape. EVS offers daytime safety advantages as well, allowing a clear view to the pilot in reduced visibility such as smoke, haze or even thin fog. The Forward Vision EVS 100 provides pilots with an infrared 40o by 30o field of view; the EVS 600 adds to that the ability to distinguish visible light fused to the infrared image and presenting both on the display.