On Friday last week I was fortunate enough to go on a proving/maintenance flight in a Bombardier Global Express XRS business jet...
In the hangar ...
Notice the 'FLIR' sensor on the nose, which in the civilian world is known as the EVS - Enhanced Vision System.
Out on the ramp and ready to go..
During the flight I didn't get to sit up front, but the view from behind the jumpseat wasn't bad at all. Notice the HUD on the left side. The EVS imagery is piped onto the HUD as well as the usual flight data you would expect to see through a HUD (no gunsight reticule though
The Global Express is certified to fly at up to 51000 Ft (FL510). We didn't go that high, but this is the view from FL470, which is the highest I have ever flown. There sure is a lot of wing out there!
The flight went well and we were up for almost 2 hours. Quite a ride!
The best news though is that next month I head off to school to get my type rating for this airplane
. If someone had told me that a year ago I would have said they were crazy.