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Bombardier Global aircraft receive EASA certification for lower EVS approaches

Feb. 4, 2009, Montreal - Bombardier has received EASA approval for Global aircraft equipped with the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System to obtain operational credit for continuing approaches to 100 feet.


February 4, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 4, 2009, Montreal- Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has received
approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Global aircraft equipped with
the Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) to obtain operational credit for continuing
approaches to 100 feet. Bombardier's BEVS had previously received approval from Transport
Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration.

EU-OPS rule 1.430(h) requires pilots using instrument approach procedures to be able to
visually see the approach lights and runway environment from a predetermined height in order
to proceed with landing. With BEVS, that distance has been reduced to 100 feet. This is the
European equivalent of Federal Aviation Regulation 91.175.

The Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) provides pilots with significantly improve
situational awareness and the ability to observe runway lights and the runway environment in
difficult operating conditions, such as low visibility and or darkness. BEVS also enhances safety
by helping to identify runway incursions. The heart of the BEVS is the CMC Electronics
CMA-2700, a new, third-generation member of its SureSight® family of I-Series™ integrated
sensor systems for Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) applications, integrated with
Rockwell Collins Heads-Up Guidance System (HGS®). Together, the system enables descent
down to 100 feet above ground level, thereby enhancing operational flexibility.

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