which is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, recently
received certification from the FAA to use the second-generation
Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS II) on the wide-cabin,
high-speed Gulfstream G150. The system is available for both new
and in-service G150 aircraft.
The Gulfstream EVS II generates actual, real-time images of the
aircraft’s surroundings using an infrared camera mounted in
the nose of the aircraft. The system dramatically increases
situational awareness at night and during low-visibility daylight
conditions by allowing pilots to see terrain, runways, taxiways and
approaches that are undetectable by unaided sight.
Images from EVS II appear on the G150’s 12-by-10-inch LCD
Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) and are easily selectable through
the G150 Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 menu system. Using the
signature Gulfstream Cursor Control Devices (CCDs), both the pilot
and co-pilot can turn EVS II on or off, adjust the display
brightness and contrast, and enable EVS window heat to prevent ice
formation on the exterior window.
Developed in cooperation with Kollsman Inc., EVS II is 22 pounds
lighter, has four times the computational power and memory of the
original EVS, which the FAA certified on the Gulfstream GV aircraft
on Sept. 14, 2001. The FAA certified EVS II for installation on
large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft in late 2007. There more than 450
Gulfstream aircraft so equip.
“The addition of the optional EVS II to the G150 enhances
what is already the most technologically advanced cockpit in the
mid-sized aircraft market,” said Pres Henne, senior vice
president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream