...Can You See Me Now?

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Meanwhile, Gulfstream wasted no time in welcoming the FAA's recently released rule allowing certified enhanced flight vision systems (EFVS) to be used to determine "enhanced flight visibility" for Part 91 operators landing at the conclusion of an instrument approach. Labeling the new rule a "vote of confidence" for its own Enhanced Vision System (EVS), Gulfstream reminded the industry -- and especially its potential customers -- that aircraft and crews using EFVS can now descend and operate aircraft below decision height, decision altitude, or minimum descent altitude by utilizing the EFVS image to detect the required visual cues and to determine flight visibility. The rule change was issued Jan. 9, 2004, and becomes effective Feb. 9. (See related article, below, on a Canadian-certified EFVS.)