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Druk Air orders ClearVision-equipped ATR 42

Bhutani flag carrier Druk Air has ordered an ATR 42-600 and will become the first operator of the turboprop manufacturer's ClearVision system, intended to improve pilots' situational awareness in low-visibility conditions.

The airframer – which is jointly owned by Airbus and Leonardo – says the aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in July 2019.

ClearVision is a wearable, transparent display which projects information into the pilot’s field of vision, similar to a head-up display.

The equipment supplied by Israel's Elbit Systems includes an enhanced vision system that uses information from a multi-spectral camera installed in the aircraft's nose.

It additionally includes a synthetic vision system which generates images of terrain and obstacles based on a database.

ATR says the equipment provides pilots with "outstanding vision and consequently improves their situational awareness".

The carrier already operates an ATR 42-500 and three Airbus A319s, ATR notes.

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