NBAA: Rockwell Collins unveils EVS-3000 vision system

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Rockwell Collins is unveiling at NBAA the EVS-3000, a new enhanced vision systems offering that features a multispectral sensor capable of detecting the LED lighting that airports have started using in greater numbers to illuminate runways.

Embraer has partnered with the supplier to feature the EVS-3000 as an option on its Legacy 450 and 500 aircraft, with deliveries of the system beginning in 2015. The Brazilian airframer will introduce the system in tandem with the HGS-3500 compact head-up guidance system first introduced to the market in 2011.The EVS is also compatible with head-down displays.

The ability of the EVS-3000 to detect the full spectrum of LED lights used at these airports is an industry first, says the Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based ­avionics manufacturer.

The capability is achieved by designing the sensor to access a broader spectrum of infrared wavelengths, which gives a more accurate view of the terrain outside the aircraft in fog and under low-visibility conditions.

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Rockwell Collins' Craig Olsen. Image credit: Billypix

The EVS-3000 is the “most advanced, highest fidelity EVS sensor for commercial aviation,” says Jeff Standerski, Rockwell Collins’ vice-president and general manager, business and regional systems.

Rockwell Collins will also give show attendees the first glimpse of the Pro Line Fusion flight deck on Beechcraft’s King Air 350, which features 14in touchscreen primary flight displays that are a first in the business aviation market.

The supplier began flight testing the system last year and should get certification for a retrofit on King Airs with Pro Line 21 during 2014.

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