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Collins Aerospace begins installation of its new Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) for Boeing 737s. Texel Air, operating out of Bahrain International Airport, will be among the first operators to receive the new system which includes the Collins’ EVS-3600, a multispectral imaging sensor to “see through” poor visibility and darkness better than the human eye.
Historically used by military and business aircraft, the newly certified system will enable the widespread adoption of EFVS by airlines for the first time. The EVS-3600 uses multiple infrared and visible light cameras providing pilots with a head-up view that goes beyond natural vision. When viewed on a heads-up display, the EFVS increases situational awareness and enables operations in low visibility conditions.
Texel Air’s fleet of 737 FlexCombi aircraft can be configured to suit a wide range of cargo and passenger flights in the Middle East and North Africa. The EVS-3600 system adds additional capabilities to these versatile aircraft, allowing them to operate safely and efficiently in the most challenging locations and environments.
“We are delighted to adopt Collins enhanced vision technology to our 737 fleet,” said George Chisholm, Director of Texel Air. “Our customers depend on Texel Air for our unique ability to operate a variety of missions in locations ranging from large airports to small, remote runways. EFVS technology further extends our flight capabilities and allows us to better serve our customers.
“EFVS technology is changing the way airlines can operate their aircraft,” said Troy Brunk, president of avionics for Collins Aerospace. “737 operators who adopt EFVS can enjoy a competitive advantage through improved on-time performance, operational cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.”
The new EVS-3600 system, along with the complementary HGS-6000 dual head-up guidance system, will be available for upgrade on the 737 NG and 737 MAX models. Additionally, the new EVS will soon be available as an in-line retrofit option for new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
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