AerAware™ is an advanced EFVS solution that enables pilot to ‘see’ through low visibility conditions by presenting advanced imaging technology along with real-time aircraft primary flight systems data onto an Elbit Systems/Universal Avionics SkyLens™ Head Wearable Display (HWD). This groundbreaking EFVS advancement incorporates a multispectral ClearVision™ camera imaging, along with 3D synthetic vision to provide unprecedented pilot situational awareness when operating AerAware equipped aircraft in instrument conditions. With AerAware™, instrument approach visual references are revealed significantly earlier to the pilot than with natural ‘out of window’ viewing. This enables pilots to descend below published natural vision instrument approach minimums. AerAware™ even allows aircraft dispatch ‘to and from’ airports when visibility is well below published natural vision instrument approach minimums.
AerAware™ includes a ClearVision™ multi-spectral camera, SkyLens™ HWD and other system components manufactured by Universal Avionics, a subsidiary of Israeli manufacturer Elbit Systems, and marketed by Universal Avionics as ClearVision™ EFVS.
Advantage Over Traditional Head Up Display (HUD) Systems
Traditional HUDs restrict pilot viewing to a stationary head-forward view of the flight deck’s primary data displays. AerAware™ has the added benefits of SkyLens™’ Head Wearable Display (HWD) to not only provide pilots with significantly enhanced situational awareness, but to also provide pilots with full visual mobility of primary flight data combined with augmented wide-field “eyes out” viewing of enhanced 3D synthetic terrain.
Added Operator Benefits
Pending AerAware Final Certification
Having successfully integrated this originally developed military technology on one of our commercial Boeing 737-800 NG portfolio aircraft, we are currently nearing completion of AerAware’s™The FAA has assigned Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) project number ST16454AT-T for AerAware™, indicating the agency’s acceptance of AerSale’s STC application, and the commencement of the STC certification process.
To accomplish prototype AerAware modification, AerSale performed the integration of Universal Avionics’ ClearVision™ suite, including radome modification to accommodate the ESV-5000 camera installation, system wiring, connectors, as well as mounting hardware fabrication for equipment bay and flight deck installations. AerSale will have Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) for the installation components, while Universal Avionics holds the PMA for the ClearVision™ system components.
When initial flight evaluation of AerAware™ is completed by AerSale, it will progress to FAA flight testing, for approval of system use on commercial aircraft. Final STC approval is expected by Q4 2020, to be followed up with EASA approval in early 2021.