Elbit Systems and Nicarnica Aviation have
achieved a significant milestone by successfully performing ground trials,
demonstrating detection of volcanic ash using the ClearVision EVS system.
The Enhanced Vision System (EVS), that was
modified to incorporate ash detection capability, is one of a kind in the
During the conducted trials, the system
demonstrated unprecedented volcanic ash detection capability. The trial findings
verify that the final product will achieve a successful detection at a range of
100 kilometers in sufficient time to allow pilots to avoid the no-fly zone
affected by the presence of volcanic ash. The groundbreaking modified design was
funded by the Eurostars program.
Photo: Nicarnia Aviation.
Elbit Systems and Nicarnica’s technologies
enhance operational efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and prevent delays in
the flight schedules of commercial airlines caused by adverse ambient flight
In June 2015 Elbit Systems and Nicarnica’s
cooperation on volcanic ash detection, was approved by the Eurostars program
using Elbit’s ClearVision Enhanced Vision System (EVS) with Nicarnica’s volcanic
algorithms. The funding of the project is supported by Eurostars, the Norwegian
Research Council (NRC) and the Israeli Chief Scientist (OCS).
Nicarnica has developed a breakthrough
technology; AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector) to detect volcanic
ash in the atmosphere up to 100 kilometers ahead of an aircraft, providing
pilots sufficient time to safely take evasive action. Implementing the
technology into ClearVision EVS will enable customers to achieve additional
critical functionality without extra equipment.