First aircraft to be certified with a full Enhanced Flight Vision System featuring dual wearable HUD, Panoramic Synthetic Vision, and 50% reduction in minimum visibility requirements.
Tucson, Arizona — December 12, 2023 — Universal Avionics (UA), a leading manufacturer of innovative commercial avionics, today announced that the FAA has granted Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval for AerAware™ on the Boeing 737NG, an Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) powered by ClearVision™. This achievement marks the world’s first EFVS to achieve a 50% reduction in minimum visibility requirements and the first aircraft to be certified with a complete dual-pilot EFVS solution featuring a wearable Head-Up Display.
This approved installation of Universal Avionics’ ClearVision includes dual SkyLens Head-Wearable Displays (HWD)
and a state-of-the-art EVS-5000 multispectral camera
, providing head-up capabilities to overcome low visibility – both day and night. Marketed as AerAware, the solution is the result of a unique partnership with AerSale Corporation (“AerSale”) who led the design, installation, flight testing, and certification efforts to gain STC approval.
“Certified for EFVS operations all the way to touchdown and rollout in low visibility conditions, ClearVision improves accessibility to most airports and increases approach capacity at congested airports, leading to fewer delays,” said Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO. “AerAware serves as the only commercially viable retrofit solution that substantially increases situational awareness during low visibility operations for thousands of 737NG, including over one hundred Boeing Business Jets, reducing natural visibility requirements on approach and increasing safety.”
"This marks a milestone achievement for AerSale as we announce the FAA’s issuance of a Supplemental Type Certificate for AerAware™.” stated Nicolas Finazzo, AerSale’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am proud of our team and grateful to our partners and the FAA for their tireless effort to complete a comprehensive and robust certification process and bring AerAware to its commercialization phase.”
AerAware™ Powered by ClearVision™ – A Complete EFVS Solution
is a complete Enhanced Flight Vision System powering the B737NG AerAware solution. It brings Synthetic Vision (SVS) and Enhanced Vision (EVS) Systems in an innovative and user-controlled Combined Vision System (CVS) for unparalleled environmental awareness at any given time, displayed along with 737-tailored symbology on pilot and copilot SkyLens™ HWD. SkyLens is a compact and lightweight Head-Wearable Display offering an unlimited field of regard, allowing pilots to comfortably turn their heads side-to-side while retaining critical flight information and maintaining continuous terrain awareness. With SVS, the pilot has a 3D and 180-degree panoramic view of the outside world showing terrain, obstacles, airports, and runways, greatly enhancing situational awareness during reduced visibility or nighttime operations.
AerAware’s benefits include enhanced safety, reduced operating costs, increased airline efficiency, and environmental advantages. The solution enhances safety and situational awareness during all phases of flight, and not just during low visibility weather conditions. Moreover, the AerAware EFVS solution aligns with the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System project, an operational improvement initiative related to increasing airport capacity, particularly during low-visibility operations. It is a key strategic aspect of the FAA’s Human Systems Integration Roadmap envisioned to achieve the transformation of the National Airspace System.
About Universal Avionics
Universal Avionics safely guides pilots and their passengers worldwide with forward fit and retrofit solutions flying on more than 35,000 airplanes and helicopters today. As a leading manufacturer of innovative commercial avionics, Universal improves safety and efficiency for business aviation, airline/cargo operations, and special missions.
Universal Avionics is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., a major defense manufacturer and world leader in military aerospace. Solutions include navigation, electronic display, terrain awareness, recorders, and enhanced flight vision systems. Connect what’s Next because Next is Now. Follow us on social media or visit universalavionics.com/about to learn more.
AerSale serves airlines operating large jets manufactured by Boeing, Airbus and McDonnell Douglas and is dedicated to providing integrated aftermarket services and products designed to help aircraft owners and operators to realize significant savings in the operation, maintenance and monetization of their aircraft, engines, and components. AerSale’s offerings include Aircraft & Component MRO, Aircraft and Engine Sales and Leasing, Used Serviceable Material sales, and internally developed ‘Engineered Solutions’ to enhance aircraft performance and operating economics (e.g., AerSafe™, AerTrak™, and now AerAware™).