Universal Avionics (UA) has announced the selection of its ClearVision enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) for the Aerion AS2. The company's complete head-up display (HUD) and EFVS solution featuring the SkyLens head-wearable display (HWD) with its unlimited field of regard will be installed in the world's first supersonic business jet.
“We are proud to be selected as the enhanced flight vision system provider for the AS2 supersonic business jet,” says Dror Yahav, UA CEO. “By using the SkyLens as a wearable head-up display, the ClearVision EFVS brings unprecedented capabilities to the airplane and demonstrates a compelling roadmap to the future, on top of the proven operational landing credit and all-weather operation.”
ClearVision provides a combined vision system displayed on the pilot and copilot SkyLens HWD, the only display of its kind certified today for commercial aviation. The intuitive avionics suite includes UA's high-resolution EVS-5000 enhanced vision system camera, composed of six sensors for a comprehensive and unprecedented multispectral coverage, and 3D synthetic vision system. ClearVision greatly improves crew resource management in the cockpit of the AS2, supporting Aerion's ongoing mission of faster point-to-point travel. In addition, ClearVision offers pilots the ability to overcome degraded visibility situations day and night to move in and out of airports faster, saving time and increasing operational efficiency. With SkyLens, pilots continuously operate head-up and are able to monitor flight information while retaining 3D situational awareness of terrain, and eventually aircraft traffic, through the system's unlimited 360-degree field of regard.
“We are truly excited to bring ClearVision to the highest levels of the business aviation market,” comments Marc Bouliane, UA vice president of business development, marketing and services. “For the past year, we have worked diligently with Aerion's engineering, flight operations and supply chain teams to refine a solution that fits the vision set forth by Aerion. We are honoured to have been selected for this ground-breaking project and look forward to the production launch of the AS2 in 2023.”
ClearVision is a trusted and certified solution, already flying on a number of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Nearly 3,000 ClearVision EVS cameras have been fielded to date. Pilots have a discernible visual advantage against incandescent and LED airport lighting systems, and the compact size of SkyLens is critical for profiled cockpits such as in the AS2.
“With a proven track record of innovation, Universal Avionics has become the market leader in head-wearable display systems and EVS sensors. This industry-leading technology will offer pilots of the AS2 unparalleled vision and enhanced situational awareness capabilities,” adds Steve Berroth, Aerion's COO and executive VP of aircraft development. “We look forward to our continued collaboration as we seek to change the future of aviation together.”