Boeing, Rockwell Collins Offer EVS On BBJ

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Boeing Business Jets and Rockwell Collins last week introduced an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) for Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) operators. The Rockwell Collins EVS projects a synthetic image of the airplane's external environment on a heads-up display (HUD) and panel-mounted screens to enhance pilot situational awareness of terrain and the airport environment in low-visibility situations. When displayed on a HUD, the EVS will allow crews to descend below standard approach and landing minimums if the visual references to the intended runway are visible using the EVS. The new system will be available to BBJ customers through Boeing and Rockwell Collins service bulletins; certification for the system is expected by early 2008. "The EVS upgrade will increase safety and operational capability of the aircraft by enhancing situational awareness at night or in poor weather conditions," said John Desmond, vice president, Rockwell Collins HGS. "We look forward to working closely with Boeing to deliver this offering to their BBJ customers."

Rockwell Collins said it has teamed with Max-Viz to complete certification of the EVS on the BBJ. Its plans include incorporating a Max-Viz multi-wavelength infrared sensor into the Rockwell Collins HGS, or heads-up guidance system. The two companies noted that BBJ operators upgrading to the new EVS system will require an upgrade to their existing HGS 4000 HUD, as well as the sensor equipment, an infrared camera. "Boeing is pleased to collaborate with Rockwell Collins to provide EVS capability on BBJs," said Boeing Business Jets President Steven Hill. "Boeing constantly evaluates and adds cutting-edge technology that brings value to our customers and enhances the performance and efficiency of a great product like the BBJ."