Posted by John McHaleTETERBORO, N.J., 12 Feb. 2011. Dassault Falcon obtained operational certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Falcon 7X Enhanced Vision System (EVS). Dassault's EVS provides an image on the head-up display (HUD) and flight displays that enables the pilots to see the terrain and airport environment in low visibility situations such as in fog, haze, snow, or at night. It incorporates liquid crystal display (LCD) HUD technology and offers a high quality video presentation with a two-mode setting that optimizes the video for either an approach configuration (to enhance approach and runway lights), or a general purpose configuration. It also takes advantage of special infrared video processing developed specifically to minimize visual artifacts and distortion."Incorporating technology that enhances safety and situational awareness is a prime goal in the continuing development of all our programs," says John Rosanvallon, president and chief executive officer of Dassault Falcon. "Our fully integrated EVS offers advanced features not available on any other system, and has already generated a great deal of interest among the Falcon family." In addition to enhanced situational awareness, the Falcon 7X EVS system provides operational credit towards reduced minima in low visibility landing conditions from the published IFR minima down to a minimum of 100 feet above the threshold elevation. This provides minima equivalent to Cat II minimums even on Cat I standard instrument approaches and on non-precision approaches. A one day pilot training course, consisting of ground instruction and full flight simulator training -- including at least six approaches -- is required for operators using EVS. The system received from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last summer.