Elbit Systems has to sign an agreement with ATR. The Franco-Italian manufacturer of regional aircraft will offer airlines to equip their ATR-42 600 and ATR-72 600 the enhanced vision system ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). Coupled with multispectral sensors placed in the nose of the plane, these glasses show the improved image of the final approach to runway before landing while it is hidden by fog or clouds.
If the approach already existed in the military, it becomes available in the civilian system. The most modern civilian aircraft such as the Boeing 787, the Airbus A350 are now offered with large HUD. With augmented reality glasses SKYLENS, Elbit Systems offers a lighter solution that could accelerate the adoption of technology in smaller devices and especially in helicopters where his glasses might prove far more effective than the HUD “classic” attached to the dashboard.
Private jets manufacturers, the first customers of the ClearVision technology
The SKYLENS Elbit Systems had obtained the Innovation Award from Frost & amp civil aviation; Sullivan in 2014 and perhaps we will soon see in the cockpits.
Before signing with ATR, the concept of augmented reality defended by Israel had already won the manufacturers of private jets Gulfstream and Dassault Aviation. The latter in particular with the prototype of its newest business jet Falcon 5X of Elbit sensors.
The increased display Elbit Systems will enable these aircraft to land on poorly equipped land, land that would be forbidden in cases of poor visibility. Dubbed ClearVision this improved vision combines the information from the sensors 6 installed on the plane to generate an image that is superimposed on the external vision of the driver and thus greatly facilitate night landing or in poor visibility. The system displays an improved and “augmented” picture with the flight data displayed superimposed.
Will remain for future buyers to choose between a conventional head-up display or a display on augmented reality glasses. The glasses allow SKYLENS happened heavy projection system to generate the image displayed on the HUD glass. Furthermore, they allow a wider visual field. The glasses are equipped with a tracking system that allows the pilot to turn his head, which could be a plus for helicopter pilot in particular. Elbit Systems has already obtained certification EFVS system and hopes to that of SKYLENS at the end of the first half 2016.
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Source : “Elbit Systems and ATR Sign an Agreement for the Integration of ClearVision™ EFVS with the New SKYLENS™ Wearable Display Onboard ATR -600s Aircraft”, Elbit Systems press release, July 6, 2015