Transport Canada Approves Bombardier EVS

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Canada-based Bombardier said earlier this month that Transport Canada awarded the company "provisional approval" for the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) on March 31. The action "paves the way" for FAA and European Aviation Safety Association (EASA) certification, according to the company. Bombardier expects full certification of the system -- which is designed to enhance a pilot's vision at night and in reduced visibility -- by July. Bombardier added that EASA also completed its testing in March and the company anticipates approval by the third quarter of 2005. Bombardier's system is based on the Thales Enhanced Vision Flight System (EFVS) and is designed to take advantage of FAR 91.175, which addresses EFVS operations and allows 100-foot landing minima. Bombardier says its BEVS will be available to all Bombardier Global aircraft operators and will be standard equipment on the Global Express XRS, scheduled to enter service in first quarter of 2006. The system is available as an option on the Bombardier Global 5000 and as a retrofit for Bombardier Global Express aircraft. "This approval will allow pilots to operate the BEVS under all flight conditions including visual reference in approaches where natural elements cause low to zero visibility. Overall, Global aircraft operators using BEVS will benefit from increased safety and the flexibility that comes with access to more airports," said Peter Edwards, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.