Augmented Visionics System
CAE's augmented visionics system (AVS) addresses a pilot's loss of visual cues on landing and takeoff due to recirculation effects of sand, dust, snow or other obscurants. These effects are commonly known as "brownout" or "whiteout" to pilots. In these conditions, CAE's AVS solution provides the capability to maintain geospatial awareness, assess landing zone suitability, detect obstacles and assist with safe flight. CAE’s AVS solution combines Neptec’s Obscurant Penetrating Autosynchronous LIDAR (OPAL) sensor with a real-time synthetic database developed using the CAE-developed common database (CDB), both of which are onboard the aircraft. Pilots are presented with a full-time daylight visual meteorological conditions (VMC) view of their surroundings. On landing and takeoff, the synthetic terrain database is updated in real-time through coordinated image fusion from sensors, such as forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and light intensification detection and ranging (LIDAR), fitted to the aircraft. The sensors and common database fuse to present a real-time synthetic image on a head-down display or helmet-mounted display to the pilot, who is then able to land, takeoff or proceed enroute safely.