Posted on: 12 June 2015 by Mark Howells
The Shanghai Avionics Corporation (SAVIC) has chosen Elbit Systems of America to provide the Kollsman Enhanced Vision System-Superior Performance (EVS-SP) head-up display (HUD) for the COMAC C919 aircraft.The EVS-SP provides C919 operators with the ability to see through some of the worst visibility conditions confronting pilots in the Asia-Pacific region using a single, weight-saving unit. According to the International Air Transport Association, China will surpass the United States to become the world’s largest commercial air passenger market in the next two decades. To prepare for this increasing number of flights in China, the CAAC has recently implemented avionics equipment requirements to install HUDs on domestic air carriers' aircraft. The C919 equipped with the Kollsman EVS-SP displayed on the HUD will bring operational benefits as well as improved safety and situational awareness, allowing more aircraft into the airspace and at a faster rate.“The award of C919 EVS-SP contract is the first step in collaboration between Elbit Systems of America and SAVIC,” commented Wang Jinyan, president of SAVIC. “Given the emerging market of civil aviation in China, we believe this agreement will be the foundation of future collaborations between our two companies to bring improved situational awareness while taking off and approaching. Technology industrialisation, safety, and creating more value for the customers shall be the common goal of both Elbit Systems of America and SAVIC.”Furthermore, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) has adopted current FAA rules that provide the same operational benefits as experienced in the United States, allowing pilots to go past the traditional decision height (DA/DH) down to 100 feet, even if they do not see the landing area with natural vision.