Avionics Report

April 2007 Issue

FLIR for FLIBs: Night Vision at a Price

Enhanced vision through forward-looking infrared may be the next must-have safety feature, but itís still too pricey to make the decision a no-brainer.

There isnít one among us who hasnít felt the butt pucker of descending towards minimums on the ILS or approaching a blackhole airport at night when we know the obstacles are out there.What would it be worth to you to see the trees, pavement, towers, and even other aircraft in rain, fog, thin clouds, smoke and darkness? Several companies have true Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) that allow for special approach flexibility under FAR 91.175, but usually these cost north of $1 million

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