Enhanced Vision Systems For LSA's, Experimental Aircraft, And
SportairUSA has taken the wraps off
ForeSight EVS, which it calls a leap forward in affordable enhanced
vision systems. Powered by a proven infrared camera core from FLIR,
the ForeSight EVS cuts in half the cost of integrated
forward-looking-infrared systems for sport aviation.
The ForeSight EVS is an aircraft grade, tough,
hermetically-sealed system, designed and tested for the extreme
environments experienced in flight. The camera is sunlight safe and
incorporates a heated lens. The faired housing mounts like an
antenna on any suitable upper or lower surface of wing or
Bill Canino, SportairUSA’s president, introduced the
ForeSight EVS today to the experimental, light sport and warbird
aviation communities. “We are focused on safety above all
else. Our decision to develop an affordable
forward-looking-infrared system is the next step for SportairUSA,
cost of this remarkable technology within reach of those of us who
fly primarily for fun.”
Everything needed for a typical installation is in the box,
including the camera, wiring harness and a customer choice of
cockpit displays, resulting in a plug-and-play EVS solution.
Displays typically packaged with the system include the 7”
Springer, a slide-out LCD monitor which may be mounted in the panel
or on the glare shield, or the 5” Flipper, an FAA approved
folding display for glare shield mounting. The ForeSight EVS will
also display directly on the screen of any EFIS or MFD that accepts
an external video feed.
ForeSight’s infrared technology sees through the night and
penetrates far into atmospheric obstructions. Corporate and
military aircraft have utilized this technology for years as a
supplement to cockpit navigation systems. ForeSight enhances the
pilot’s ability to see terrain, runway obstructions and other
aircraft at long distances. “With infrared enhanced vision
you will pick out that coyote on the runway at night, or the
Cherokee coming at you through the daytime haze on long final as
you make your base turn,” Canino said.
ForeSight allows you to:
• See trees, terrain and other obstacles from farther away,
thereby reducing the risk of CFIT.
• See more of the runway environment, night and day, in good
weather and bad.
• Enjoy improved visibility in haze, precipitation and
“brown out” conditions.
• Detect runway and taxiway incursions – see animals,
people, vehicles, and aircraft.
The ForeSight EVS can be seen in SportairUSA’s exhibit space
#68 at AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh.