Wed, Nov 25, 2009
According to the Airline Pilots Association, there are an
average of three smoke incidents daily in the United States.
In all, one out of every third emergency landing is due to
smoke. Air Safety Week reports that smoke is the leading
defined cause of emergency landings for extended Twin-Engine
Operations aircraft; dense smoke in a cockpit renders essential
flight instrument panels useless if they are unable to be seen.
EVAS, or the Emergency Vision Assurance System, provides pilots
with a simple, yet crucial solution during critical
situations: a straightforward device that provides a clear
space of air through which a pilot can read instruments and out the
front windshield for safe landing.
At a mere 3x8.5x10 inches when stowed, the system becomes fully
functional in less than 30 seconds once a pilot has removed a small
tab to activate the unit. Once inflated, by placing smoke
goggles against the EVAS system’s clear window, the pilot is
able to see both vital flight instruments and windshield views
Clear vision is maintained through EVAS’ state-of-the-art
pressurization system that uses filtered cockpit air to uphold
consistent volume. Running on a self-contained battery supply
independent of aircraft power, the EVAS system is designed to run
for at least two hours to provide ample time for safe emergency
landing. Several major companies, including Bombardier,
Dassault, and Gulfstream Aerospace have implemented the EVAS system
as a standard option for their line of business aircraft.
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