Elbit Systems to Showcase New Systems at Heli-Expo

By Staff Writer | February 24, 2015

Elbit Systems (Booth 5028) will present a range of unique and cutting-edge solutions for the commercial helicopter market at this year’s Heli-Expo. 

The company will introduce a new display concept depicting “out of cockpit boundaries” solutions for helicopters - the company’s wearable head-up display (HUD) and helmet mounted display (HMD) technology combined with the multispectral helicopter enhanced vision system (EVS) enables pilots to fly while looking outside the cockpit all the times, enhancing safety and situational awareness. 

Elbit Systems' Skyvis system in a test flight. Photo courtesy of Elbit Systems


The Elbit Systems’ helicopter avionics product line for commercial aviation applications fuses both synthetic and real-time imagery using a unique design symbology and computer flight guidance. These features offer helicopter pilots a “real-world” view of the terrain along with the full range of obstacles within their flight path, allowing them to “see and avoid” even when visibility outside the aircraft is limited.

Elbit Systems’ avionics increase mission efficiency and reduce operational costs by ensuring operational success while maintaining a high level of safety. Whether the mission is corporate, search and rescue, offshore marine, law enforcement or emergency management, Elbit Systems’ commercial helicopter avionics solutions can be adapted for operational success.

The following highlights systems and products to be exhibited at the show:

Helicopter Clearvision, the rotary wing version of the Clearvision next generation EFVS, has been successfully demonstrated on-board various types of helicopter platforms. The solution is comprised of the HeliEVS camera and either the Skylens wearable HUD or the SkyVis Head Mounted Display (HMD), in order to address both non-helmet and helmet users. Helicopter Clearvision will be presented in a live demo at the Elbit Systems booth.

HeliEVS, based on the ClearVision EVS for fixed-wing application, is packaged in a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), which autonomously performs the complete Enhanced Vision System capability. Functionality is accomplished through real-time image fusion between multiple sensors at multiple spectral bands. HeliEVS will be presented in the company’s booth.

Skylens is the ideal display solution for non-helmet users, packed in a lightweight, easy-to-install device, as intuitive as a pair of sunglasses. Operational in limited weather conditions, day and night, Skylens provides head-up information and minimizes dependency on airport instrumentation. 

Elbit Systems' Skylens. Photo courtesy Elbit Systems

SkyVis provides helicopter pilots with a conformal “head-up” view, displaying flight, vehicle and navigation symbology for day, night and NVG operation, in limited weather conditions. An add-on to the pilot’s own helmet, SkyVis is easily integrated with minimal footprint in the cockpit. 

Both the Skylens wearable HUD and the SkyVis HMD will be presented in the company’s booth in a live demo as part of the “out of cockpit boundaries” new display concept.


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