The Gulfstream G280 has been approved by the FAA for touchdown and rollout using the enhanced flight vision system (EFVS).
With installation of optional EFVS equipment, required training and a letter of authorisation from the FAA, G280 pilots can land their aircraft without using natural vision to see the runway. Instead, they can use the EFVS imagery on the head-up display (HUD).
“This approval enables our G280 operators to land in more weather conditions, limiting delays or rerouting,” says Colin Miller, senior vice president, innovation, engineering and flight, Gulfstream. “The Gulfstream EFVS significantly improves safety by increasing a pilot's situational awareness at night and during low-visibility conditions.
“The mission capabilities of the G280 continue to grow with this product enhancement, which joins others, such as high-altitude airfield operations, steep-approach certification, most notably operating in and out of London City Airport, and baggage compartment access above 40,000 feet. This is another example of the continuous improvement culture Gulfstream has in place for its products, services and people.”
Gulfstream's EFVS for the G280, the company's super-midsize aircraft with a worldwide fleet of more than 165, comprises an enhanced vision system camera and HUD.
Gulfstream says that the G280 joins the G500 as the only aircraft in the world certified for EFVS to touchdown and rollout operations. EFVS certification is pending on the G650ER, G650, G550 and G450, while the Gulfstream G600 will offer the capability when it enters service later this year.