December 15, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Bombardier’s new enhanced vision system (BEVS) and a head-up display (HUD) have been FAA approved for installation in the Challenger 605 large-cabin business jet.
The BEVS, developed in cooperation with Rockwell Collins, uses Esterline CMC Electronics’ SureSight CMA-2600i infrared camera to generate imagery in conditions of low light or poor visibility. It’s able to let pilots see in darkness, in foggy conditions, and avoid terrain and runway incursions. The SureSight camera is mounted on the upper portion of the 605’s nose, which Bombardier says puts the camera in position for a pilot’s-eye view of the situation ahead.
The imagery is projected at two locations. It is displayed on the pilot’s HUD, and also on the copilot’s multifunction display (MFD). The HUD has a liquid crystal display image source, on which flight and attitude symbology appears superimposed on the infrared imagery. The BEVS is an option in the Challenger 605 cockpit, which features Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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