While head-up guidance (HGS) capability has been around for nearly two decades, most pilots have never seen the system up close, much less flown with it. One of the iPad apps unveiled at this year’s NBAA convention was a demonstration of the Rockwell Collins HGS. The app doubles as a challenging video game designed to reinforce the basics of the HGS system.
Called HGS Flight, the app allows pilots and non-pilots alike to experience the world of aircraft control using HGS while it explains the inherent subtleties of aircraft control using gentle movements of the flight controls, all of which translate into skill-based points to climb the imaginary HGS skill level ladder.
The application–available at no cost from iTunes–not only offers pilots a chance to experience flying with an HGS in a variety of weather and light conditions. including approaches using synthetic vision, but also contains a number of tutorials that explain how the system operates, while defining critical terms and symbology.