Posted on: 06 July 2015 by Mark Howells
ATR and Elbit Systems have signed an agreement to integrate the latter’s ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) with the Skylens wearable display on board ATR-600 series aircraft, with the system also being offered as a retrofit for ATR-600 aircraft already in service.
Designed to enhance flight safety, Elbit notes that the system “will also contribute to the operational availability of turboprop aircraft, which are often required to operate from airfields lacking sophisticated infrastructure”.
Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division, commented, “We are very proud to be selected by ATR to enhance [the capability of] its aircraft to take off and land even in low visibility conditions, thanks to our cutting-edge ClearVision EFVS family of products.”
ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac, added, “We are pleased to introduce such a leading-edge development into the ATR-600s. The new Skylens system will further enhance the airlines’ operations, providing more operational flexibility and even higher standards of safety and reliability.”
Suitable for day and night operations and in all weather conditions, the system provides head-up information while minimising the dependency on airport instrumentation. Skylens displays high-resolution information, images and video on a high transparency visor, providing pilots with cutting edge head out capabilities.
According to the agreement between the two companies, Clearvision EFVS will be introduced as an option for both ATR 42-600 and 72-600 models. ATR will be the launch customer for Skylens, which replaces the traditional head up display (HUD) in this configuration. Certification is expected by 2017.
Main photo: Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division and ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac sign the agreement.