Bombardier Global jets get Euro-Evs nod
Certain of Bombardier’s Global 5000 and Global Express XRS airplanes have been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to fly approaches to minimums as low as 100 feet agl.
If equipped with the Bombardier enhanced vision system (BEVS), which provides a forward view using infrared-enhanced imagery, the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS meets EU-OPS rule 1.43(h) at a much lower height above the touchdown zone. As with U.S. rules, pilots flying instrument approaches must be able to see the runway environment—and this includes approach lights—on ILS approaches at a typical altitude of 200 feet agl. The BEVS has demonstrated that 100-foot agl minimums permit safe visual acquisition of the view ahead, even in darkness or low visibility situations.
The FAA and Transport Canada have previously certified the BEVS for approaches to 100-foot minimums.
The BEVS also helps in identifying runway incursions, Bombardier says. The CMC Electronics CMA-2700 BEVS is integrated into the Rockwell Collins heads-up guidance system.
February 5, 2009