Gulfstream has announced that four of its aircraft have received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for touchdown and roll-out using an Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS).
The Gulfstream G650ER, Gulfstream G650, Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream G450 are now all certified for this operational capability, now a standard feature on all in-production large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft.
“This authorization provides the capability for nearly 1,500 in-service Gulfstream aircraft to increase their operational efficiency and safety,” said Colin Miller, senior vice president, Innovation, Engineering and Flight, Gulfstream.
“EFVS greatly reduces the possibility of runway incidents, puts aircraft and passengers on the ground faster and saves fuel.”
The EFVS combines the use of a cooled forward-looking infrared camera, also called an enhanced vision system (EVS), and a Head-Up Display (HUD), to create one synchronised vision system.
The technology enables operators with the correct training and a letter of authorisation from the FAA to land without needing natural vision to see the runway.
The four newly certified aircraft join the large-cabin Gulfstream G500 and the super-midsize Gulfstream G280, which gained certification in December 2018 and April 2019 respectively, in the use of EFVS technology.