Opgal was the first to develop and market an innovative landing-assist and situational awareness thermal-imaging camera for a system called EVS (Enhanced Vision System). The Opgal family of highly sensitive, wide-spectrum infrared EVS cameras provides pilots with clear video images of the runway and its surroundings over their Head-Up Display (HUD) or any other display, in all weather conditions. The EVS operating bandwidth fuses various IR spectrums to provide clear images of items and obstructions normally undetectable by the pilot’s naked eye at night and during bad weather.
The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the operational landing credit for over 15 commercial and business aircraft models equipped with systems based on Opgal's EVS cameras. This allows pilots to continue their landing approach to a reduced height, if they can see the approach lights and runway environment using the EVS infrared view.
Winner of the 2003 Robert J. Collier award, the Gulfstream G550 is the first civil aviation aircraft to be equipped with Opgal’s EVS camera. Opgal-based EVS is now installed in many Gulfstream aircrafts, including the new Gulfstream G650 where it's installed as a standard feature
. Opgal's EVS cameras are also used by the Federal Express fleet on various aircraft models and are installed by Jetcraft on retrofit airplanes.
Deployed in over a thousand airplanes
, Opgal-based EVS systems
facilitate precision approaches and safe landings in reduced visibility conditions including thick fog, smog, heavy rain, and snow. Day or night, EVS significantly improves flight safety and situational awareness, both in the air and on active taxiways and runways.