Clearing the Air: Understanding EFVS Operations
Any pilot will tell you that clear skies provide the best flight conditions, regardless of whether or not you have an Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) on your aircraft.
In 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced regulations in relation to how commercial pilots can use EFVS on their planes for safer flights and better landings.
The original rules released by the FAA regarding head-up displays (HUDs) and infrared sensors were more ambiguous but allowed for EFVS usage at certain altitudes and conditions, with the appropriate amount of training. The new regulations revolve around performance-based circumstances; for instance, HUDs must be used by the pilots of a commercial airplane, but head-down displays (HDDs) will be available to the co-pilots. This rule ensures communication between the professionals, but also increased visibility for the pilot for the duration of the flight; not just during poor weather and landing procedures.
Moving forward, EFVS will be required to meet evolving standards for any part of the flight process, including rollout procedure, touchdown, precision approaches, and vertical assistance. All of this, of course, is with flight safety and the greatest expectations of visibility in mind for the industry as a whole.
Vū Systems is dedicated to following these aviation trends and developments to better our own EFVS systems for every commercial pilot and airline. Learn more about the design and function of our PMMW sensor and see how it coincides with the FAA’s latest guidelines.