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Rockwell Collins EVS-3000 Can Detect LED Lighting
Rockwell Collins says its new EVS-3000 enhanced-vision system represents a technological leap forward, making use of multiple image sources to provide the clearest view yet through poor weather plus the ability to detect LED runway lighting.
Available for use with head-up or head-down displays, the EVS-3000's camera pod uses a proprietary "multi-spectral" sensor developed by Rockwell Collins that the avionics maker says significantly improves detection of terrain, hazards and obstacles in low-visibility conditions such as fog.
The EVS-3000 is also the first enhanced-vision system with the ability to fully detect LED lighting, which is becoming more common at airports for runway and taxiway lighting.
"We're bringing unprecedented accuracy in sensing what's ahead during critical phases of flight," said Craig Olson, senior director, Head-up Guidance Systems, for Rockwell Collins. "At the same time, operators will experience enhanced reliability and lower cost of ownership from our lower weight, more energy-efficient EVS solution."
The launch customer for the EVS-3000 is Embraer, which will bring the technology to the Legacy 450 and 500 paired with Rockwell Collins' HGS-350 head-up guidance system.
The EVS-3000 camera system can't see through solid clouds, which is a limitation of all EVS products on the market. Unlike some other EVS products, the Rockwell Collins unit does not require built-in cooling. EVS can be used to descend to lower minimums on instrument approaches even if the outside environment cannot be seen with the naked eye.