Owners of older Gulfstream Aerospace aircraft can retrofit an infrared vision system to see better at night and in poor weather, similar to the one on newer Gulfstream jets.
Gulfstream now offers the Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS) on the GV, GIV, and GIII aircraft. (Newer models are now numbered and include the 150, 200, 250, 350, 450, 500, 550, and 650 and use the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System).
Mounted within the upper nose radome, the system supplies enhanced imagery of airports, air traffic, terrain, taxiways, wildlife, and runway conditions. This enables pilots to see objects that might otherwise be obscured by darkness, rain, light fog, or other factors.
Images can be displayed on a CD-820 flight management system control-and-display unit or another approved aircraft device, such as an electronic flight bag. The system can also interface with many existing video-capable head-down displays.
“Gulfstream pioneered enhanced vision for its in-production large-cabin aircraft,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support. “This is our way of providing similar capabilities to operators of our earlier aircraft. It’s an excellent option for operators who want to enhance safety by increasing their situational awareness both in the air and on the ground.”