Posted on: 18 August 2014 by Mark Howells
Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development, has been granted a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its recently developed Pilatus PC-12 enhanced vision system (EVS).
PCC chose the Lexavia LFS6000 EVS Sensor – available with either 320 x 240 resolution or 640 x 480 resolutions – as the heart of the system. Described by PCC as “the lightest and most aerodynamic EVS sensor available today”, the LFS6000 provides real-time enhanced vision capability during darkness, smoke, bad weather and other limited visibility situations. This allows pilots to better identify terrain, structures, vehicles and other aircraft on and near runways, offering added situational awareness, and increased safety. The sensor location on the PC-12 provides a precise pilot point-of-view image to the pilot.
“When choosing our equipment provider, the compact size, exceptional performance and ease of installation of Lexavia’s sensor made our decision an easy one,” explained Steve Davey, PCC’s executive vice-president and COO. “This is an affordable solution for PC-12 owners and operators who want the safety benefits that an enhanced vision system provides.”
PCC’s STC currently applies to the Next Generation (NG) PC-12 model, utilising the factory-installed Honeywell APEX MFD and optional video input system. The second issue of the STC (pending) will add Legacy PC-12 models that are previously or concurrently equipped with compatible MFDs.
FAA and EASA STCs are pending approval, with estimated achievement dates of 4Q14 and 1Q15 respectively.
PC-12s are used in airline service by North American carriers such as Wasaya Airways and SeaPort Airlines.