The Guernsey-based regional carrier will be the launch customer for ATR's ClearVision system.
ATR and Aurigny — a regional carrier based in Guernsey — have confirmed the acquisition of three ATR 72-600 aircraft, following approval from the States of Guernsey and after the initial signature of a Letter of Intent at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2018.
The first aircraft will be delivered in August 2019 and all three will be equipped with the new ClearVision Enhanced Vision System (EVS), for which Aurigny will be the launch customer.
ClearVision uses an external camera to display an augmented external view in real-time to a head-mounted visor worn by the pilot, thus significantly improving the pilot’s vision. Aurigny’s flight operations are regularly disrupted by fog.
A study showed that an ATR equipped with the ClearVision EVS could have saved 50% of the disrupted landings in Guernsey, over the period of a year. ClearVision will also enhance operations into other destinations served by Aurigny.
ClearVision is an option on ATR’s latest avionics suite, Standard 3. In addition to the EVS selected by Aurigny, ClearVision also offers a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) that provides the pilot’s Head-Up Display with digital images of terrain and obstacles, from an extensive database.
Operators can also opt for a Combined Vision System (CVS), combining the EVS and SVS, and offering pilots the best possible vision and situational awareness.