Gulfstream Vision Systems

Keeping An Eye On The Future

As revolutionary as enhanced vision is for pilots, Gulfstream is determined to make it better.

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Gulfstream was the first civilian aircraft manufacturer to successfully develop and certify the nose-mounted infrared enhanced vision system (EVS), improving flight safety and situational awareness for pilots.

EVS feeds infrared images of runways, approaches and surroundings into the cockpit and onto the pilot’s head-up display, a transparent, drop-down screen between the pilot and the windshield. EVS proves most useful at night or when weather conditions hamper visibility.

Enhanced vision has become proven to the point that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in late 2013 proposed a new Part 91 regulation allowing pilots to touch down and roll out on runways using purely enhanced vision. The previous regulation mandated that pilots switch to natural vision at 100 feet/30 meters to land. Gulfstream has offered comments to the FAA on the proposed change and is monitoring progress toward its approval.

Anticipating and making change are motivating fundamentals for Gulfstream engineers. By evaluating and developing new sensor-based technologies, Gulfstream Vision Systems engineers expect to further improve safety by giving pilots a better sense of what they are flying into and where their aircraft is in relation to everything around it.

So keep an eye on Gulfstream―because you haven’t seen anything yet.

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