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Universal Offers Dual HUD Solution For BBJ

 - October 13, 2021, 10:30 AM

Universal Avionics’ (UA, Booth 2545) is preparing to begin certification flight testing for its ClearVision enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) on a Boeing 737NG. STC approval will make the aircraft the first large transport to be certified with a full dual-pilot EFVS featuring head-wearable displays (HWDs) and it will be available for Boeing Business Jet operators who want dual pilot EFVS capability. The 737NG ClearVision installation includes dual SkyLens HWDs and a single EVS-5000 multispectral camera, which together are marketed as AerAware.

The system was developed in partnership with AerSale Corp., which provided the prototype aircraft and is leading the engineering, design, modification, installation, and certification flights. AerAware estimates an installation time of five to seven days.  

The ClearVision EFVS includes synthetic vision (SVS), enhanced vision (EVS) systems and a user-controlled combined vision system (CVS) displayed on pilot and copilot SkyLens HWD. SkyLens offers an unlimited field of regard, allowing pilots to turn their heads side-to-side while retaining critical flight information and maintaining continuous terrain awareness with SVS.

When the SVS is selected, the pilot has a 3D and 180-degree panoramic view of the outside world showing terrain, obstacles, airports, and runways. The high-resolution EVS-5000 multispectral camera is composed of six sensors for multispectral coverage. When paired with SkyLens, it enables EFVS operations to touchdown and rollout under FAR 91.176 in reported visibility as low as 1,000 feet, with a visual advantage of 33 percent or more, including at airports with a LED lighting system.

“AerAware will serve as the only commercially viable retrofit solution for thousands of 737NG, including the BBJ, that substantially increases situational awareness during low visibility operations, reduces natural visibility requirements on approach, increasing safety. Designed for EFVS operations all the way to touchdown and rollout in low visibility conditions, ClearVision improves accessibility to most airports, a key for business aircraft operators, and more broadly, improves approach capacity at congested airports leading to fewer delays,” said Universal Avionics CEO Dror Yahav.