Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Global aircraft equipped with the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) to obtain operational credit for continuing approaches to 100 feet. Bombardier's BEVS had previously received approval from Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration.
EU-OPS rule 1.430(h) requires pilots using instrument approach procedures to be able to visually see with natural vision the approach lights and runway environment from a predetermined height in order to proceed with landing. With BEVS, that height has been reduced to 100 feet. This is the European equivalent of Federal Aviation Regulation 91.175.
The Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) provides pilots with significantly improved situational awareness and the ability to observe runway lights and the runway environment in difficult operating conditions, such as low visibility and or darkness. BEVS also enhances safety by helping to identify runway incursions. The Global BEVS is currently certified with an Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) that will be significantly upgraded when the new Global Vision cockpit is certified.
At the heart of the Global Vision BEVS is the CMC Electronics CMA-2700, a new, third-generation member of its SureSight® family of I-Series™ integrated sensor systems for Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) applications, integrated with Rockwell Collins Heads-Up Guidance System (HGS®). Together, the system enables descent down to 100 feet above ground level, thereby enhancing operational flexibility.
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