universal avionics sees increased efvs interest from airline aftermarket
June 17, 2019
Universal Avionics (UA), an Elbit Systems Company, is seeing increased interest from the Airline Aftermarket for Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) solutions. The company recently kicked-off a ClearVision EFVS program with AerSale, Inc. to develop an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Airbus A320 aircraft. That retrofit upgrade certification is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2020, with CAAC and EASA STC validation to immediately follow.
“Overall, we are seeing a lot of activity in the Airline Aftermarket,” said Dror Yahav, UA CEO. “Many of these aircraft don’t have a viable EFVS solution for the aftermarket, so we’re seeing a big need in this marketplace,” he added. “We’re excited to provide a solid commercial offering with mature products, with many certifications currently in work. Our solutions bring affordable, easy-to-install solutions, addressing the pains of long downtime and heavy installation work – typical to traditional technologies.”
UA is also awaiting entry into service for two ATR customers this summer, with certification imminent. In addition, UA is working with Leonardo Helicopters to certify the ClearVision EFVS on several rotorcraft models, expected in 2020.
The ClearVision EFVS solution includes the SkyLens™ Head-Wearable Display (HWD), a cost-effective and more modern alternative to a traditional fixed Head-Up Display (HUD). The SkyLens high-transparency visor presents high-resolution symbology/imagery, including Enhanced Vision System (EVS), Synthetic Vision System (SVS), and Combined Vision System (CVS), for superior see-through transmission in all weather conditions, day and night. The cutting-edge HWD requires significantly less installation efforts, and can often be installed in just a few days, compared to a fixed HUD which requires disassembly of the aircraft cockpit and can take weeks – all while the aircraft is grounded.
As part of the NextGen roadmap, ClearVision aligns with Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.176 released by the FAA, enabling operators to perform a full landing procedure with no natural vision, where the reported visibility is as low as 1000 feet. ClearVision offers unmatched capabilities for airline operators, providing dispatch and landing approach priority as well as Low Visibility Landing, regardless of the destination airport’s infrastructure.
Paris Air Show attendees interested in demoing the ClearVision EFVS may stop by the Elbit Systems Chalet No. 198 to meet with a UA representative. More information is also available at www.uasc.com/clearvision.