Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another cool gadget:

Not long ago I wrote a blog about the "black boxes" found aboard almost every jet airplane flying today.  Another technology that isn't as common, but very cool, is the EVS, or Enhanced Vision System.  Using infrared technology, similar to night vision goggles, the system allows pilots to see objects such as terrain and buildings in night and poor weather.  The image below is Aspen Colorado, a challenging airport in broad daylight.  The EVS image is on the left.  The image on the right is what the naked eye sees.

Now, imagine flying a Gulfstream jet at 300 knots, below the mountaintops, just above the valley floor--at night.  That's just a tiny hint of what happens in the skies in my third thriller, Zero Separation, which will be released in paperback on April 1st, 2014.   Oh, and one last thought: I dare you to read it on a plane.


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